I’ve used the C01U at work for screencasting stuff.
I was surprised by how good it sounded considering what it is (a condenser mic and a soundcard rolled into one) and how cheap it is. It was not noise free but frankly the sonic problems we had came more from poor acoustics than the mic, which is probably going to be the case for anyone who is spending this little on a recording setup.
And the reviews are right imo… i’m owning exactly this model and i’m satisfied with it. Of course it’s sensitive and shouldn’t be used next to your noisy PC case with shitloads of coolers or you’ll have indeed a pretty high noise floor. When i’m doing recordings with mine i’m using my laptop, which is nearly silent, and go to my kitchen to record there. Not sure about the latency, since i have only recorded voice samples with it and then reused the samples in Renoise. Also i don’t have this preamp thingy installed since all i need for recordings is offered by my audio editor so i can’t comment on that either. Another nice bonus are the switchable Supercardioid, Omni, and Figure-8 Pickup patterns. Samson offers a sample recording made with it and you can really get that nice and clear sound out of it if you take care where you record. In case you’re owing a mic preamp already, Samson offers the same model with XLR connection too.
Also for what it’s worth… i was too undecided back then what microphone to choose and got this as recommendation from Mark. They are using this Microphone to train singers in school and i’m still thinking it was the right choice for the money, even though i do own an Omni I/O meanwhile and have preamps available. Using my laptop in the kitchen is much easier than taking care of any noise levels made by pc cooling in my bedroom.
Oh sweet dude… I didn’t think anyone was gonna own one. Can you do me a favor and test the latency on it? Particularly, if you’ve got it playing directly into your soundcard’s output (no host in between), is there any noticable delay? Do you think such a monster could be used in a live setting? Also, less important, if you shove it through Renoise on a line-in, is there significant audible delay? … again, in this instance, I’m considering live use.
Do you have any personal stuff online using this mic that I could hear?