Multi-Pattern USB Studio Condenser Microphone
Multiple Patterns for Multiple Uses.
Following the success of the C01U, Samson presents the C03U Multi-Pattern USB Studio Condenser Microphone. Based on the extremely popular C03 mic, the C03U delivers pristine audio quality with enhanced capabilities, including a high quality A/D converter and USB output.
The C03U features dual, large 19mm internally shockmounted diaphragms with high SPL neodymium elements and three selectable pickup patterns – cardioid, omnidirectionaland bidirectional. Each of these patterns provide a smooth, flat frequency response of 20Hz–18kHz supported by a switchable high pass filter and -10 dB pad. Capturing audio at a 16-bit, 48kHz resolution, the C03U offers the accuracy you need to be sure that what you hear is what you get.
The C03U is USB compatible with any Mac or PC, as well as most DAW software programs, including GarageBand. The C03U comes with Cakewalk® Sonar LE music production software, so you can just plug the mic in and start recording... No additional drivers or special software is needed. In addition, desktop mic stand, mic clip, USB cable and carry pouch are included. All this, along with its solid die-cast construction, makes the C03U just as durable as it is portable.
The C03U is essential for any level of musician, but its versatility can be applied to create audio solutions for anyone who records audio, particularly podcasters, educators, and business professionals.
Music from the Home/Mobile Studio
For musicians, the convergence of computer and audio technologies has established the home/mobile studio as an alternative to the professional recording facility. Whether you're touring the country or experimenting in your project studio, the C03U sets the standard for integrating your computer into your recording experience. Use the super-cardioid pickup pattern to record a single vocalist/instrumentalist or the omnidirectional configuration to harness an entire ensemble with ambient room miking at a pro-level directly to your computer. The C03U is perfect for recording music on-the-go or in limited spaces, allowing all musicians tremendous freedom to create.
The evolution of podcasting has created a need for high-quality production capabilities that are also attainable by everyone. Satisfying these criteria, the C03U is a podcaster's dream come true. Given a simple USB connection straight into your computer, it provides your podcasts with unparalleled quality in audio recording. With the C03U's multi-pattern pickup abilities, the voices of individual web journalists (super-cardioid), as well as discussion groups (omnidirectional) and interviewers (bi-directional), everywhere are empowered to establish a real identity in the congested world of podcasting.
With computer-based technology becoming more steadily incorporated into educational protocols, useful functions for the C03U among students, professors and administrators are also on the rise. In addition to podcasting, the C03U can expand the educational applications for Skype, VoIP, screen capture software like Camtasia Studio and voice recognition software like Dragon Naturally Speaking. These applications, all of which can be used to teach, study or catalogue academic materials, are made easy with the superior degree of audio recording delivered by the C03U. So, whether you're teaching an online course, reviewing a past lecture or studying for a big exam across multiple computers, the C03U helps to make education a more accessible and interactive experience.
Capturing the Workplace
The C03U provides answers for those business professionals in need of revitalizing their corporate communications. Ideal for rich media on websites, in multimedia presentations, company meetings or corporate events, the C03U's features allow for easy recording of studio-quality audio clips to make communications more impactful and your presentations come to life. The mobility factor surrounding the C03U is also attractive to business professionals, as it can travel with you as easy as a laptop or briefcase to that next meeting.
Samson offers a collection of pro-level accessories (all sold separately) that can be used to further enhance the recording experience of the C03U, including the PS01 microphone pop filter and the SP01 spider mount. The PS01's nylon mesh screen will reduce vocal popping and sibilance from affecting the performance of your C03U. It also comes equipped with a universal mic stand mounting bracket and a flexible metal gooseneck for convenient placement. Lastly, the SP01 provides the C03U with a reliable shock mount system to absorb unwanted vibrations and disturbances.
Musicians, podcasters, educators, business people and many more applicable users can continue to rely on Samson to provide the highest standard of versatile, durable, and portable multi-pattern USB studio condenser microphone technology: The C03U.
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- Dual large, 19mm diaphragm studio condenser microphone
- Plug in and start recording. No extra gear needed!
- Compatible with most computer-based digital audio workstation software
- Three selectable pickup patterns – cardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional
- High quality A/D converter with 16-bit, 48kHz resolution
- Smooth, flat frequency response of 20Hz–18kHz
- Handles high SPLs of up to 136dB
- Switchable high pass filter and -10dB pad
- Solid, die-cast construction with heavy gauge mesh grill
- Includes desktop mic stand, mic clip, USB cable and carry pouch
- Bundled with Cakewalk® Sonar LE music production software
Downloads & Manuals
- Download a Hi-Res (300ppi) JPEG of the C03U (337.9 KB)
- Download the C03U Tech Sheet in .pdf format (586.1 KB)
- Download the C03U Multi Language User Manual in PDF format (3.2 MB)
- Samson SoftPre Uninstaller v0.5 (17.6 KB)
- C03U Cutsheet (111.5 KB)
Samples & VideosRelated Audio Samples
- C03U Audio SampleAudioAbout the performance: David Kaplan, voiceover artist, recorded this spoken word sample by positioning himself directly in front of the microphone 4 to 6 inches away.
Who's Using Samson
Recording, Audio for Video, Journalism, Home video, Multimedia, Gaming, VOIP