All user reviews for the Samson Technologies C02
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yoTrakkz's review"great sound"
This mic has a huge low end and major proximity effect, which may mean rolling off some of those lows further down the chain. It's thick and rich with the included Sovtek 6922 glowing inside, and while there isn't much top, it's there and quite usable. Softer transients. It will work on some vocals primarily, but you can also try it in front of a drum set, on background vox, and on cabs. Maybe a cello or double-bass would work too.
Setting the Samson technologies mics up on the included stereo mounting bracket flared out from each other at about 110 degrees two feet away from an acoustic guitar yields a recording identical to how my ears hear it. I got these mics to record some acoustic guitar parts for my own tracks and some side work I do recording my church choir. I couldn't be happier. I run these through the FMR audio RNP and the natural sounding recordings you get with these things are great.
James...'s review"Monster for overheads on tour"
No let's be clear. Nothing beats a pair of $700 shure mics for overheads in the studio. Nobody is debating that. I'm not going to write this review and tell you that a pair of Samson cheapo mics for a little over a hundred bucks can compete with a pair of mics over five times the price. But am I about to bring my $1000 set of matches condensers on tour with me? NO. I've tried before and they've been destroyed, stolen, you name it. So case in point, if I ever do drum tech work, I need a go to matched pair that's reliable and cheap. The Samson C02 set is just that.
I'll start with the sound. They are very very clear. When I listen to a pair of overheads in a mix, I have a method for evaluating whether I like them or not. I isolate them in a stereo track. And I listen to them all by themselves. I listen to see if it sounds like I'm standing right above the drummer as he plays. (this is what the good pairs sound like) If I can hear that, it's a great pair. The Samson C02 comes pretty darn close to that and it's almost scary. No they aren't perfect and don't expect miracles, but for the money I'm impressed.
Now, durability. These kinds of mics are at a disadvantage because not only do they get dropped the most, but they are also the most fragile sometimes. I see matches pairs all the time with dents in the grills and it gets annoying. People drop them. Okay. The question is, have these held up to me dropping them? Well yes. Although as far as I can remember I've only dropped them 2 or 3 times in the couple of years I've used them, they haven't suffered as a result. So I'm satisfied. If they break I'll write another review. Till then, you can bet I'll be using these on every tour I drum tech.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Overall, the Samson Audio C02s are a good option for home studio owners looking for a dirt cheap pair of small diaphragm condensers. While these definitely don't have the best sound quality out there, for a small home studio or project studio these will work fine for applications that require small diaphragm condenser like acoustic guitar or drum overheads. They don't have the cleanest or the most crisp sound like a lot of other mics like this do, but they will get the job done in a lot of situations in small studio setting. I definitely don't use these very often but I've used them a few times at a friend's home studio and while I can't say I was too impressed with them, for the price this is a great deal since you are getting two microphones at an incredibly cheap price. Samson isn't known for making top tier microphones, but instead they offer well priced microphones for home studio owners. I definitely can't say that I would recommend these to anyone who is a professional engineer or studio owner, or even for a well experienced home studio owner as the sound quality just isn't up to par. However, they will get the job done for beginners who just want to get their feet wet with a new set of microphones or are looking to expand their microphone collection without spending much money at all. I would definitely recommend this for those people looking for a cheap set of mics, but beyond that these aren't a viable option for high quality recordings.
1 people did not find this review helpful
These mics were the first stereo mics I got, and also the first small diaphragm pencil condenser mics. They are very cheap at less than $150 for the pair, and the goodies that come with them make the package a really great value. I thought they sounded amazing at first because I was new to condenser mics, but looking back on it now I think that they do sound a little brittle. So they do lose a little points for the sound quality, but it's definitely not bad and it's more clear than most dynamic mics and any computer mics. Overall they are a very good value though and I would recommend them to the novice on a budget.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
MGR/Colby H.'s review"Samson C02 Condenser Pair"
Great mics! Very professional sound!
I recommend this set of mics to anyone recording or using live on acoustic instruments. I dont have any thing really good to compare them to except for the Shure SM57 and the Audio-technica AT811 condenser, and it beats both of these easy. These mics are especially good for acoustic guitar, they give it a nice bright end, however I dont think they wood make good vocal microphones.
There is really nothing that I dont like about these mics
They are very well made. Looks even better than my Shure SM57 (the industry standard)
You will NOT beat them for the price!
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amandinemeloww's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" well its overise"
I used to percussion, among others.
How long have you been using?
What is so special that you like most and least?
it is relatively flat and descends even for relatively low over head which allowed me to add sound of djembe eg
Did you try many other models before buying it?
yes ... full of diverse and varied micro
How do you rate the quality / price?
bah Woodbrass thank you for submitting this being 87% even at 100 euro it worth it!
With experience, you do again this choice?
likely, even if the C4 behringer me also make the eye!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
Querelle's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
I participated in a blind test of sixty small capsule microphones, the result has been published in Tape Op. Each member of the jury had to listen to the sixty mono folk guitar made and retain 15. Samson CO2 was my selection with Neumann, Schoeps, DPA, Sanken etc. It certainly was not the one I liked and he was not among the 15 most selected by all members, which included eight of my selection, I says to reassure you about the quality of my ears <img class="smiley" src="https://fr.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt="wink" /> .dropoff Window It was after this test I bought the
Piano recording: <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.gearslutz.com/board/attachments/gear-shoot-outs-sound-file-comparisons-audio-tests/124934d1244972790-six-cardio-sdc-pairs-grand-piano-6.mp3" target="_blank">Samson CO2
compared with two to four times more expensive, of Rode NT5 ( https://www.gearslutz.com/board/attachments/gear-shoot-outs-sound-file-comparisons-audio-tests/124929d1244972790-six-cardio-sdc-pairs-grand-piano-1.mp3 ), The Oktava MK-012 cardio ( https://www.gearslutz.com/board/attachments/gear-shoot-outs-sound-file-comparisons-audio-tests/124930d1244972790-six-cardio-sdc-pairs-grand-piano-2.mp3 ) And the Audio-Technica AT4041 ( https://www.gearslutz.com/board/attachments/gear-shoot-outs-sound-file-comparisons-audio-tests/127126d1246482748-six-cardio-sdc-pairs-grand-piano-5.mp3 )dropoff Window
and 10 to 20 times more expensive, Josephson C42 ( https://www.gearslutz.com/board/attachments/gear-shoot-outs-sound-file-comparisons-audio-tests/127127d1246482748-six-cardio-sdc-pairs-grand-piano-4.mp3 ) And Schoeps MK21 ( https://www.gearslutz.com/board/attachments/gear-shoot-outs-sound-file-comparisons-audio-tests/124931d1244972790-six-cardio-sdc-pairs-grand-piano-3.mp3 ) .dropoff Window
Yeah, it's worse than Schoeps but note must consider the price, so I put 10.
Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
How long have you use it?
What is the particular feature you like best,
The sound is clean to record the drums and guitar but ca blink
What is the particular feature you like least?
RF waves and picks up WiFi signals ... Ca blink all the time
How do you report qualitprix?
it's not expensive for this type of microphones. But it's too expensive for what happens as rsultat.
Exprience with, you will do again this choice?
I deprecated this microphone for use in an urban area there are a lot o wave .. This microphone is poorly insulated against the airwaves and blink even when removing the capsule of the microphone.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
emarquis's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
I use it for three months. It is a little garish, with lots of background noise. We need an equalizer. I use the Oktava mC012 also modular, which "sound" better. But they are more expensive!
The report is excellent QP
I used four, two and two multicapsules card, rather for spots or PA. Why not the toms and percussion?. But not for the records a little more serious, at least not as main pair ...
1 people found this review helpful
becbunsen's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
I have bought as battery OH
I find it not so bad for recording acoustic instruments in stereo (pair xy) I had very good results in taking acoustic guitar
alone, I find the contrary they have little interest
I now also a pair of NT5 Rode NT5's are clearer and more precise but I made the catch with the C02 are ultimately warmer and more natural than those with NT5 (still acoustic guitar)
good for the price (110 € in studioshop), it sure is a good deal
looking back, I'll see what can be happening at a price Oktava intermediate between the C02 and NT5