Studio Projects C1

Large-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone with Shock Mount
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Affordable Studio Quality Recordings!

When we first heard the C1, we couldn't believe our ears. The C1 performs and sounds so much like a microphone ten times its price that we had to go back and check with Studio Projects! We were right about the price, and we're still amazed. For vocals, this large diaphragm cardioid microphone rivals some of the better known, more high-profile microphones out there; we've even heard some audio professionals call the C1 one of the best vocal microphones in the world. But vocals are just the beginning of the C1's many possible uses. This flexible microphone is also ideal for close mic'ing amplifiers, broadcast applications, and a wide variety of other recording tasks. The C1 features a pressure-gradient transducer employing high-quality transformerless design and extremely low noise. As a result of uncompromising dedication and advanced production capabilities, Studio Projects has broken the barrier of quality vs. price for today's professional or project recording studio environment. Included with the C1 are a spider-web shockmount, windscreen, and a case. Order today and experience true pro quality in a large condenser - at an unbelievably low price!

Included Accessories
  • Shock mounted elastic suspension
  • Foam wind screen
  • Case
  • Pressure-Gradient Transducer: 1.06" (27mm) 6um mylar diaphragm
  • Selectable High Pass Filter (75Hz & 150Hz)
  • Selectable -10db or -20dB Pad
  • Designed for the professional and home project studio
  • A do-all, general purpose recording Mic
  • Great for close miking amplifiers with high sound pressure levels
  • Production, broadcast, and voice-over work
  • A quality vocal mic suitable for most vocal styles
  • Requires +48V phantom power

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size 1.06" (27mm)
Frequency Response 30Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 131dB
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 77dB
Self Noise 17dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 75Hz, 150Hz (-6dB/octave)
Pads -10dB, -20dB
Color Silver
Connector XLR
Weight 1.68 lbs.
Included Accessories Shock Mount, Windscreen, Carry Case
Manufacturer Part Number C1

Customer Reviews

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A wonderful Microphone!

Compared to comparable condenser mics, that cost a whole lot more, you can't do better than the C1, Studio Projects! I bought one about a year ago and have used it for both instrumental and recording live voice/instument, Microphoning! I love it...for the quality, sound/audio and over all performance...and it looks great too! I have just place my second order for 2 more of these microphones! Hey, at sweet water you get extra warranty and the shock mount included!!
Music background: Professional musician/recording

The New Standard of Microphones!!!!!!!!

I have been using the C1 for over 2 years know and every time i switch to the older Groove Tube i have i give in and switch back to the new standard the C1 because it sounds more richer in the top end and i don't even have to boost the highs as much.This mic actually starts sounding better and better by simply getting used to the uniqe sound of it,it's a absulutely stunner for the price no doubt it is industry......................
Music background: R&B,Hip Hop,Pop


Everything they say about this mic is TRUE. You will not be disappointed. Worth twice the price!
Music background: Singer songwriter, Performer, Producer, engineer

Debate goes on

The fact is EVERY SINGLE mic gets different reviews. pick up "Behind The Glass" a book full of interviews with top producers. In it you'll find producers who don't like that U87 and other high end mics at all, you'll find others that love it/them. You'll find producers who woudn't touch a Shure 57 and you'll find others who love them. The fact the C-1 debate is on going only proves more of the same, that like the U87, some like it and some don't. Sure, some suffer from the gear snob mentality and can't bring themselves to admit it's a good mic, but then again some honestly just don't like it, just as some people don't like the U87 and other high end mics. My opinion, it's one hell of a mic and can certinaly be used in any pro application. GET ONE!

talk all you want.....

ok all, hands down, this is just a great mic. Period. Not for the any price range. It EASILY stands side by side with any other FET mic. You really do have to get into high end tube mics to get the same quality. NO, the price does not affect it's quality. They're made in china at a plant where all they do is make mics ALL DAY LONG. Fact is fact, this guy has more output than any Neumann, lower self-noise and better spl handling. Depending on the preamp used, it will sound just as good, or better(IMO), than Mr. 87....sorry if you spent the money on him....If you've ever heard this guy sound just whatever, take a look at the preamp you're using. Also, you won't hear the detail this guy provides unless you've got killer monitoring, good clock and good D/A like I have in my studio to notice it. If you're using a little m-box with a mackie pre, sorry to tell you, you're not going to like this puppy, cause you won't even be able to hear what he's doing properly. Lastly, bright, bright, bright....what is this? Are you people soloing your tracks and only gauging by that sound or something? Never gauge ur ultimate sound by the soloed sound. Again, unless your summing is awesome and you've got inteligibility inside your daw, you'll rarely find a situation where your soloed sound is the same sound you get from that instrument with respect to it sitting in a mix. Yes, this mic is bright, so are Brauner's, so are mostly all great mics. That allows the instrument to sit in a mix well....guaranteed. Without that presence rise, you'll find yourself Eq'ing the daylights out of it to get your instrument to sit right in a mix. So anyway, get yourselves a nice x73i from Sweetwater, get this mic, get great conversion and clocking. If you want tube, then get a T3(same German capsule) and if you want more bang out of that puppy, switch out the 6073 that it comes with for a Mullard, Telefunken or Bugle Boy 12ax7. You'll pay about $85 for a good one, but it's worth it. I personally went with a 1960's Telefunken Ribbed Plate tube and now my T3 is a whole new mic.
Music background: Engineer, producer, live sound engineer, pro-musician, vocalist
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