Recording music has changed considerably over the past 20 years. Creating high-quality recordings has become an easy job for many musicians who have put together their own home studios. Keeping this in mind, manufacturer's like Samson have been consistent in offering high-quality audio equipment at a value any musician can afford. To date, over 250 of Samson's products are sold and distributed in over 140 countries around the world, which is a commendable achievement, considering Samson has grown from a tiny, two-person operation to a worldwide enterprise in just last 30 years. All of this is of course due to its dedication towards innovating new products that enhance the lives of music and broadcast professionals everywhere in the world. Let’s have a look at some of their innovative products and technology.
Further expanding on the already diverse line of USB microphones, Samson has created the Go Mic as a versatile computer-based miking and recording solution. Because of its custom compact design, the Go Mic can clip right onto your laptop or sit unobtrusively on your desk. Plug and play operation also mean it's completely compatible with a Mac or PC, with no drivers required. Thanks to its switchable cardioid and omnidirectional pickup patterns, you can pick whichever pattern is more appropriate for your specific situation. Plus, with a frequency response of 20Hz–18kHz and a resolution of 16-bit, 44.1kHz, you can be sure you're getting professional audio specs in a compact, multi-purpose design.
Use case : Perfect for recording music, podcasts or field recording. It's also ideal for voice recognition software, iChat, web casting and even Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
Samson has introduced a line of live and studio-worthy USB condenser microphones . Unlike other condenser mics that require a source of electric power to operate (usually 48V), USB condenser mics are different. Requiring only a small dosage of voltage to function, USB condenser mics draw phantom power directly from their single USB connection, minimizing the number of additional cables and connections. These USB condenser mics are great for tracking vocals or pianos.
The Samson MTR231 Condenser Microphone shows that condensers with more than one mode can be had inexpensively for both home and pro studios alike. Sound-wise and structurally it can handle a lot, and with the three modes, it can cover a wide range of sonic ground: vocals, acoustic instruments, drums, electrics, and pretty much anything else out there. Put it near the sound source, select the mode, and there really isn’t a bad sound that it captures. For vocals, it’s exceptional, with plenty of clarity and no distortion or grittiness, even at “red line” volume levels.
Producing rich audio recording for any application, Meteor Mic has one of the largest condenser diaphragms (25mm) of any USB mic available. Its cardioid pickup pattern, smooth frequency response, and 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz resolution give you professional audio results no matter what you’re recording. Meteor Mic’s chrome-plated body includes a fold-back leg design that looks amazing on your desktop. And the legs adjust to the optimal position for any recording application from acoustic guitars to vocals or speech.
Samson Meteor Mic - USB Studio Microphone Features:
- Large (25mm) diaphragm condenser for rich audio recording
- Cardioid pickup pattern
- Smooth, flat frequency response of 20Hz - 20kHz
- CD quality, 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz resolution
- Fold-back leg design provides optimal mic positioning
Whether you're a singer/songwriter recording vocals and acoustic guitar, or a band looking to capture the room sound of a jam right on your computer, Go Mic will make sure you don't miss a note. Use the cardioid mode to capture vocals or close-mic an instrument. Or get the sound of a full band by flipping to omnidirectional mode, ensuring sound is recorded from all directions of the room. Whatever the application, Go Mic can help you take your music to the next level. Go Mic is perfect for anyone who wants to make great recordings on a computer. And no matter where you go to record, Go Mic goes with you.
Samson Go Mic USB Microphone Specifications:
Microphone Type: Condenser microphones
Maximum Frequency Response: 18 kilohertz
Minimum Frequency Response: 20 hertz
Microphone Clip Included: Yes
Samson introduced the world’s first USB studio condenser microphone, the C01U . Expanding on its revolutionary design they released the C01U Pro. With a headphone output for zero-latency monitoring and an improved signal-to-noise ratio, the C01U Pro ensures the natural warmth and detail of vocal and instrumental performances are captured in all your digital recordings. It's plug & play microphone hence no driver needs to be installed which makes it a hassle free experience.
Samson C01U Pro Specifications:
- Large, 19mm diaphragm ensures pristine studio-quality audio
- Headphone output for zero-latency monitoring
- Supercardiod pickup pattern
- Smooth, flat frequency response of 20Hz–20kHz
- 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz resolution
The Samson C05 handheld condenser has been added to the ConcertLine Series. It’s great for obtaining studio quality vocals for live performance. The C05 features a 19mm multi-axis shock mounted capsule, condenser optimized cardioid pickup pattern, gold plated XLR connection and 48-volt phantom power operation. It brings a high level of accuracy and audio performance to vocal miking applications. The C05 is a microphone that excels in both live performance and recording applications. Equipped with a linear frequency response for superior reproduction, it is also designed to withstand high sound pressure levels.
Samson CO5 CL Microphone Features:
- Cardioid Pickup Pattern
- 19mm shock-mounted capsule
- Gold-plated XLR connector
- Die-Cast Zinc Casing
- Tight cardioid polar pattern minimizes feedback problems and effectively rejects signals not originating directly in front of the mic capsule.
Following on the success of the C01U, Samson introduced the C03U, multi-pattern USB studio condenser microphone. Based on the extremely popular C03 studio condenser, the C03U delivers the same pristine audio quality and enhanced capabilities along with a high-quality A/D converter and USB output. The C03U features dual 19mm internal shock mounted diaphragms with switchable omni, cardioid, and figure-8 pickup patterns. Perfect for recording vocals or any acoustic instrument plus the selectable patterns make it ideal for a variety of specialized recording situations, like multiple vocalists, ambient room miking, and even a group of people around a conference table recording a Podcast.
Samson C03U Features :
- Plugs in directly to any computer with a USB interface
- Switchable cardioid, omni, and figure-8 pickup patterns
- High quality A/D converter with 16-bit, 48kHz sampling rate
- Dual large 19mm diaphragm elements
- Switchable high-pass filter and 10 dB pad
- Smooth, flat frequency response
The MTR231 is a dual large, 1" gold-sputtered diaphragm studio condenser microphone with three selectable pickup-patterns – cardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional. The MTR231 is capable of handling high SPLs of up to 134dB and features a 10db attenuation switch for handling ultra-high levels. The MTR231 offers a smooth, extended frequency response, as well as low self-noise and a wide dynamic range perfect for recording.
- Dual large, 1" gold-sputtered diaphragm studio condenser microphone
- Three selectable pickup patterns – cardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional
- Smooth, extended frequency response of 20Hz-20kHz
- Low self-noise, wide dynamic range perfect for recording
- Handles high SPLs of up to 134dB
- 10db attenuation switch handles ultra-high SPLs