This is a large diaphragm condenser mic with a cardioid pattern. From the way I understand it, it is an American designed, Chinese copy of a Neumann large diaphragm condensor, like the U87 at less than 10% of the cost. This mic has a roll offs at 75 and 150 hz, as well as a -10 or -20 pad. Of course, it can use the standard flat response or no pad. It also came with a shockmount. I give it a perfect rating for characteristics, because although it is lacking the ability to change the mic pattern, the C3 has this ability, meaning that the C1 is available for cheaper. The pads and the roll off frequencies are very handy to have, for those who are lacking mixers with these options.
I've never been fortunate enough to have worked with a U87, but I can tell you this is the best microphone in my arsenal. It is very quiet, extremely accurate, and has a very smooth, full quality to it. I first purchased the Studio Projects B3, which is also a very versatile mic, but this one blows the B3 (or the B1 for that matter) out of the water. It's my #1 lead vocal mic, but I have also used it to mic a 15 inch bass guitar cab, which captured all of the lows and gave a nice punch. It also sounds wonderful on acoustic guitar. For the money, I've thought about purchasing a second one to use as drum overheads, but it's not in the budget right now. I give it a 9 for a rating because I have heard (and once experienced) a quality control issue on a Studio Project microphone. Fortunately, SP was very good about exchanging that mic for a replacement, even though it was out of warranty.
The Studio Projects C1 is a condenser microphone made for use in the recording studio. It has a cardioid polar pattern and it also has an XLR microphone cable output. Like a lot of cheap microphones these days, the C1 comes from China and is the same microphone that a few companies are putting out under different names. This is what makes this microphone so cheap and so affordable for home studio owners.
I've been using the Studio Projects C1 Studio Condenser microphone for about a year. While it isn't the best sounding microphone in the world by far, it sounds good and is usable. The tone quality is full, but sometimes lacks the full range of frequencies in certain situations. This being said, it works fine in most situations and is perfect for the small home studio owner. In fact, I'd only recommend it to the home or project studio owner as there are much better professional microphone choices out there for professional studios. The best part about the C1 is its extremely cheap price. You can get one of the C1s for about $200 USD new, which would have been unheard of about ten years ago. These microphones are made and shipped from China, which makes them so cheap. The C1 is good for a number of different applications, but won't blow you away while doing any of them. I like using the Studio Projects C1 for recording vocals, horns, and anything else a large diaphragm condenser would be useful for. While I'd rather use any Neumann microphone over this for recording anything, if you are on a budget and can't afford a high end microphone, the Studios Projects C1 is a great substitution. I definitely recommend this microphone for home studio owners looking for a cheap condenser microphone to add to their collection.
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Bacbacou's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
See manufacturer's website ... condenser microphone comes with suspension ert briefcase ...
I tried it one weekend. This mic is trs prcis across the spectrum, but so precise in acute that it can easily become aggressive on certain types of voices (mine in this case ...). on the other hand, it's a good trs mic the drums and other instruments (we do not see the diffrence with a rode ntk or Tb1 in such uses) ... or even an excellent micro view of its price yours at the moment with virtually no competitor, it's € 230 on soundsense.co.uk.
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DjPlayer's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
As mentioned above it is a vocal microphone (or other for that matter) made in China.
See manufacturer site for frequency curves and the rest.
A 9 is required. I own this mic for 3 months now coupled to an in-Mindprint voice and change from my SM58! The microphone is solid, very cheap and very well provide (classy carrying case, Bonet + suspension). The sound is so good that I have not seen fit to buy a TLM103! For cons I agree with the previous opinion: the sound can be a bit harsh in the treble. It will compensate in some cases with the equalizer.
Tip: do not miss out!