Behringer C-3 Dual-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone

Behringer C-3 Dual-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone

Behringer C-3 Dual-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone

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  • Dual-Diaphragm Design
  • Cardioid or Figure-8 Capturing
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The C-3 Dual-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone from Behringer features three selectable pickup patterns, frequency filters, and input pads for a wide variety of recording scenarios. The omnidirectional pattern can capture sound equally on all sides, the cardioid pattern can pick up your source signal while rejecting off-axis sounds, and the figure-eight pattern can capture sound both behind and in front of the microphone. The C-3's transducer and gold-plated XLR output provide a neutral sound and offer transmission with minimum noise. The microphone is constructed of a die-cast metal body for durability and includes a swivel mount and carrying case.

Dual capsule design
Cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-8 polar patterns
High quality diaphragm and output electronics
UPC: 689076112710
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Behringer C-3 Dual-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone
  • Swivel Mount
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    Behringer C-3 specs

    Analog Performance
    Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
    Transducer Condenser
    Diaphragm 0.63" / 16.0 mm
    Polar Pattern Cardioid, Figure-8, Omnidirectional
    Pattern Selection Switched
    Frequency Range 40 Hz to 18 kHz
    Equivalent Noise Level 23 dB A-Weighted
    Maximum SPL 142 dB SPL
    THD 0.5%
    Impedance 350 Ohms
    Sensitivity -40 dBV/Pa
    Dynamic Range 119 dB
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Operating Current Consumption 7.0 mA
    Operating Voltage 48 V
    Length 7.09" / 180.0 mm
    Diameter 2.13" / 54.0 mm
    Weight 0.93 lbs / 0.42 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.0 x 5.2 x 3.4"

    Behringer C-3 reviews

    C-3 Dual-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from One great multi-pattern mic! I received this mic a few weeks ago and after using it on both male & female vocals, acoustic guitar & acoustic bass, mandolin and as a room mic I have to say that it performs FAR above it's price point. The mic has a decent warm sound, with just a hint of brittleness in the high end. The low end is pretty tight, not flabby at all. In Cardioid the mic has a great full sound, in Figure-8 it warms up a lot and works well in an M/S setup. In Omni it is almost ruler flat. In all settings the sensitivity is great. One thing that is not shown in the pic's, or mentioned in all the add's I have seen, is that this mic comes with 10db Pad & Low End Roll Off switches, and these work 100%. I got this to add to my home studio mic locker, and have not been disappointed in the least. The ONLY negative is that it did not come with a suspension mount, just a hard plastic style clip. One of the best buys out there at the moment!
    Date published: 2009-06-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from MIke brings out the tone... for real! I am a Beginner with Guitar and Recording. Purchased digital recording mixer (Tascam DP-02) Epiphone Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar Recording thru the Behringer C-3 brought out incredible tone and depth. Now I only want to listen thru my headphones. Sounds incredible when it comes in thru these mic's. Brings out the bass. Slide sounds incredible thru the mics compared to just my ears. Get Two of these. Record with two mic's at once.
    Date published: 2010-11-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great vocal quaility and great price I started out recording at home with a but my vocals ended up sounding really flat. So I knew that a condenser mic was the answer I was looking for. But the prices on most are extreme. The C-3 is beautifully crafted and sounds warm and full. Anyone needing a condenser mic for home recording should definitley make this purchase
    Date published: 2010-04-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crazy mic for the price!! Behringer does a great job. I had a Vamp 2 and enjoyed that so I have become a fan of their products and price points. I am using it for recording in a small moble(RV) home studio, lol!! B & H's customer service is impecable! 3 different agents responded to a BO issue on another item and nothing got lost in the communications!! I will do more with them as my needs expand.
    Date published: 2013-03-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprising I didn't expect much from this little mike but ordered a pair on sale as backups/extras when I do location recording. It has proven to be surprisingly good, especially considering the price. There is certainly no other small-diaphragm (it is not a large diaphragm condenser, despite being side-address) multi-pattern microphone at anywhere near this price...and it sounds pretty good too. It would work, if need be, as a vocal mike (not much sibilance -- another surprise), but seems better suited to distant miking or for instruments. There is an almost flat response in figure-8 but the typical high frequency bump at other settings. Build quality: there are plastic fittings that will probably deteriorate with use. Otherwise, nothing glaringly wrong with it. The single layer mesh headbasket has a foam pop-filter inside. Eventually, that too may deteriorate and cause problems.
    Date published: 2009-12-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far a really good buy! My lo-tech home recording studio has two different ways of getting it done -- an old but solid Fostex MR-8HD stand-alone digital recorder and a Tascam US-800 front end to my fairly powerful PC. So far I have just used the C-3 plugged into a Behringer mixer in front of the Fostex MR-8HD (much better control of quality and EQ than directly into the recorder). The recording quality is really amazing. I have used a CAD GXL-2200 and a AudioTechnica AT-2020 on and off for several years, and while both are fairly good low-priced condenser mics, I was intrigued by the dual-diaphram and 3 external controls built into the C-3. For recording I use it primarily on cardioid setting, and the nice thing about it is you don't have to eat this mic to get clean input, so you can easily avoid plosives even without a pop filter. It performs, for me at least, better than either of the other two mics. Real clarity that rivals a friends much more expensive rig, even on the stand-alone recorder, and when I move the tracks over USB to the PC for DAW post-processing and mixing, it gives me extremely clean input to work with. I look forward to trying it our on the US-800 when I have the time. It's a keeper.
    Date published: 2013-04-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best choice for starter The noise reduction is very good and the mic response well to the any tiny changes of sounds and voices. It is not the best mic for sure but you can hardly find another one can compare to this with also the consideration of price.I suggest this great product to all amatuers who would like to have their own studio in their room.
    Date published: 2011-08-25
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for the price but noisy I have one of these mics from 3 years now. I have to say that is a good quality mic, but is very noisy if you are recording vocals, voice-over or acoustic instruments. You should clean the recording in your DAW. The built quality is solid, good finishings and the carrying case is welcome as an extra. I also own a Rode NT1 and does not come with any carrying case like the C3. The sounds is always pleasant in the mid range, and I recommend to have one of these if you plan to have an extra mic for applications were the self noise is not a problem or when your main micro fails. My Rode NT1 failed just a month after purchase and this C3 save my job and help me to keep going recording. The price is very affordable, the quality is good and the sound good but for the self noise higher than mid level microphones. Another details is that in comparison with other mics you need to apply more gain in your preamp to get the level of sound that you want, the signal is a little week.
    Date published: 2017-08-05
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