WNAMM06: New USB Microphones From Samson

A multi-pattern studio condenser and the world’s first dynamic pro mic make their debut      01/02/06

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Designed for seamless direct-to computer recording of vocals and acoustic instruments, Samson’s C01U USB Studio Condenser microphone was the first studio quality condenser microphone with a USB output and Samson claim that mic changed the way the world records audio.
They have now made their USB range more versatile by introducing the C03U USB multi-pattern studio condenser microphone and, the world’s first professional dynamic USB mic, the Q1U.
Here’s what Samson have to say about their new USB twosome…

CO3U Multipattern Condenser
C03U
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. No more need for expensive converter boxes or pre-amps. The C03U plugs right into your USB jack on any machine running Mac OS X or Windows XP and records pristine audio right into any postproduction or audio recording software such as GarageBand®. Record vocals, acoustic instruments, nature sounds in the field—anything, anywhere with studio-quality sound.
The C03U features dual 19mm internally shock mounted diaphragms with switchable omni, cardioid, and figure-8 pick-up 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.
The C03U works perfectly on almost any USB compliant computer, and with most DAW software programs without having to install any extra software or drivers.

Q1U Dynamic
Q1U
The Q1U dynamic mic features a smooth sounding neodymium element, capable of handling high SPL, cleverly interfaced to an onboard high quality microphone preamp, Analog-to-Digital converter and USB output. Just plug in the supplied USB cable, launch your DAW software and start recording.
The extended frequency and fast transient response insures an accurate reproduction with linear characteristics from bottom to top. The Q1U faithfully reproduces a variety of sound sources including vocals, acoustic instruments and overhead cymbals, and can handle high SPL perfect for use on drums or in front of a loud guitar amp.
The Q1U is perfect for recording music, Podcasts or any acoustic audio source on your favorite computer based DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).
Price and Availability
The C03U has an MSRP of $389.99 The Q1U has an MSRP of $149.99
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