Samson C02 Pencil Condenser Microphones

Samson C02 Pencil Condenser Microphones

Samson C02 Pencil Condenser Microphones

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  • For Drums, Piano, Strings, & Vocals
  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • 40 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • 48V Phantom Power
  • XLR Connectors
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Samson C02 overview

  • 1Description

The Samson C02 condenser microphones deliver high audio performance while remaining cost effective. Delivered as a pair, the microphones excel in applications requiring dual placement. Drum cymbals, overheads, percussion, guitar, piano, strings and vocals are accurately captured and reproduced in detail.

The C02's low-mass capsule features a supercardioid polar pattern. The supercardioid pattern provides a tight pickup area at the front of the microphone. The result minimizes ambient room noise and signals from nearby instruments and monitors that may cause feedback. A wide, linear frequency response results in rich detail while minimizing low-frequency noise.

The C02 requires external +48V phantom power and is a suitable solution for recording and live-sound applications.

Extended Frequency Response
The C02 features a frequency response of 40 Hz to 20 kHz which accurately reproduces audio with great detail while minimizing low-frequency noise.
Tight Supercardioid Polar Pattern
In addition to the front-firing design of the capsule, the supercardioid polar pattern minimizes pickup at the off-axis sections, eliminating ambient noise and reducing feedback.
High SPL Response
The C02 accurately reproduces signal at high sound-pressure levels without noise or distortion.
UPC: 809164003403
In the Box
Samson C02 Pencil-Style Instrument Microphones (Pair)
  • 2 x Shockmounts
  • Carry Case
  • 2 x Wind Screens
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Samson C02 specs

    Analog Performance
    Transducer Condenser
    Diaphragm 0.47" / 12 mm
    Polar Pattern Supercardioid
    Frequency Range 40 Hz to 20 kHz
    Equivalent Noise Level 22 dB A-Weighted
    Maximum SPL 134 dB SPL
    THD < 0.5%
    Impedance 200 Ohms
    Sensitivity 10 mV/Pa
    Dynamic Range 112 dB
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Operating Current Consumption 3.5 mA
    Operating Voltage 48 V
    Length 5.91" / 150 mm
    Diameter 0.79" / 20 mm
    Weight 6.00 oz / 170 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.8 x 4.9 x 3.1"

    Samson C02 reviews

    C02 Pencil Condenser Microphones is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, affordable mics These are very nice little condenser mics. I mostly use them to record acoustic guitar, and they sound awesome. The highs are crisp and clear and there is plenty of low end warmth. I've also used them with great results on hand percussion, vocals, and as room mics for drums. Comes with a nifty hard plastic carrying case, and some foam pop filters. I have nothing bad to say about these mics, killer deal!
    Date published: 2009-12-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Microphones I have been recording for over 10 years so I have a basic grasp on the process. I bought these microphones being skeptical but at $108 ($54 each) I gave them a shot. I instantly love these mics. First, I plugged them into my Tascam DR100 (using a stereo mic bar on a stand walking around) and recorded room ambience, my voice, and different effects like running water, hits, etc. They sounded great. I am recording audio samples to place into my synthesizers/samplers to create new sounds. before I would have had to use either my Rode NT1A, Shure SM7B, or my ribbon mic. A lot of the things I record have fast attack times which can occasionally be captured better with smaller condenser microphones. I have yet to try them in my universal audio and other preamps but if they sound this good in my tascam, I believe the will sound great. P.S. - No they are not neumann mics (which are not a one size fit all either) but they are definitely in a class waaaay above their selling price! I didn't misspell way :)
    Date published: 2016-09-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great live recording mics Use these to get stereo recordings of live shows: Mariachis, Woodwind quintets, Blues duos, Brass bands, etc. They work really well with a Tascam DR100 digital recorder with its XLR mic inputs. Edit with Audacity and save as wav files. So far, so great.
    Date published: 2011-06-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good for the price I'm using these mics to record acoustic guitar and dobro in a home recording studio. The room is not accoustically treated yet, and I've still been able to get good results by micing fairly close (4-8 inches).
    Date published: 2014-12-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Mic For the price It's an excellent mic for the price. There's two of them which is awesome. The sound quality is great for a $50 mic. One thing to note is that it doesn't have as tight of a pickup pattern as shotgun mics. So it's not as good as a shotgun mic for noisy environments. However it will sound just as good (if not better) than a shotgun mic in a quiet room or in an interview situation.
    Date published: 2016-10-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good stereo mics with the price. I bought this mics for recording 20 people church choirs. I set up with stereo bar as NOS mic technique. Mic pick up is wonderful and crispy. My church ambience is so dry amd too much mid-tone generated. But with this Samson C02 mics, recorded sounds are clear and crispy. I recommeded this mics for pro-amature recording. This condenser mics are better than $150 dynamic mic.
    Date published: 2010-11-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Cheap Mics I bought two of these microphones to use on my new Yamaha mg124c mixer. At first I was really impressed. I bought a Samson C01u several years ago and the noise was terrible. It was the USB version of the C01 so I thought I could excuse the noise for a cheap A/D converter.So after reading many promising reviews I decided to buy a pair. I used them with my mixer and thought wow what am improvement. I really liked the sound quality at first. I tried using it for vocals and that didn't go so well. They just sounded empty. So I tried using them on flute, trombone, trumpet and a live musical play. Overall they sounded very nice on loud sounds such as the instruments but I could detect noise in quieter sounds. Since these were my first microphones ever I didn't know if the mixer was noisy or if the mics were noisy. Several weeks later I bought the AT2035. What an improvement.I can turn the gain all the way up with the AT2035 and not hear any noise. I think if I were to go back and buy again I would have gone with the AT studio recording pack. It comes with the AT2020 and a pencil condenser. Both of these I'm sure are higher quality then the Samsons for just a little more money. Also the shock mount on the C02s is kind of a joke. Its basically a rubber sleeve that goes around the microphone shaft. No rubber band suspension like most shock mounts. But they will do a nice job for drum set micing and other loud sounds. Overall good quality and still working after 3 months use.
    Date published: 2009-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Samson C02 Condenser Mic's You can't beat these for the price. I have used these to record acoustic guitar and they record and sound just as good as some mic's I've used costing two to three times more. Item arrived a day sooner then tracking expected. Easy website for purchasing gear. I would recommend both the mic's aND supplier
    Date published: 2016-04-13
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