Summary: Given the tests and chance to play in a professional environment, I was quite impressed with the C01U USB studio condenser microphone. As a desktop microphone it is definitely overkill, like using a Peterbilt to go grocery shopping. But give it more demanding tasks, such as audio reproduction and broadcasting, the true power of the C01U can shine through.
The professional design also factors into the pricing of the C01U.
Pros: » High quality recording, » Very distinct tonal qualities, » Professional roots, » Easy to use, » Built to last, » USB interface, » Good value for a professional microphone
Cons: » Included software only works with MIDI devices, » Pricey for a computer microphone, » Included stand and harness not compatible out of the box, » Limited audience appeal, unless you are a musician or broadcaster
Summary: Samson markets the C01U as the first affordable studio-quality condenser microphone with a USB interface. The first thing you notice is the weight of the microphone. It has a heavy gauge mesh grill protecting the diaphragm and has a real meaty, solid feel. Taking a look under the hood, we find a 19mm internal shock-mounted diaphragm with a cartoid pickup pattern. What sets this apart from similar condenser microphones is it's directional pickup.