Samson C01U Pro Large-diaphragm USB Condenser Microphone


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Samson C01U Pro Large-diaphragm USB Condenser Microphone

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Our rating of 92/100 is based on analysis of 1200+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The first generation Samson C01U was the first USB condenser microphone on the market when it came out in 2005.

Its successor, the C01U Pro improves upon the original platform with a dedicated headphone out for latency-free monitoring and improved signal-to-noise ratio.

Its large 19mm diaphragm captures pickup patterns and nuances.

It has a 1/8" headphone jack for zero-latency monitoring, and a shock-mounted element within its metal construction for minimizing handling noise/vibrations while recording.

It also includes a tripod stand and swivel mount for desktop use.


  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Super-cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 18kHz
  • Sampling Rate: 44.1/48kHz
  • Bit Depth: 16 bit
  • Maximum SPL: 130 dB
  • Power Requirements: USB bus powered via Mac, PC or iPad
  • Applications: Voiceovers, recording music, ADR work (Automated Dialogue Replacement), sound foleys, and podcasting.


Windows: Windows XP/Vista/Win 7/Win 8
Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.4.9 or higher
iPad (cable included)


Musicians, game commentators and podcasters alike praised the quality of this microphone. Most of them mentioned it reproduced clean and transparent vocal and instrument recordings. They also experienced no latency when it comes to monitoring their recordings. It is very easy to set up without any additional installations. The metal material exhibits a very sturdy construction and didn't obtain any major damage when dropped.


Some users pointed out the size of the microphone limits its position and it may need to be adjusted a specific way to keep it balanced on its stand.


If you need a mid-tier microphone without the bells and whistles of other options but unsure about the quality of lower priced units, the Samson C01U Pro is a safe starting point.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best USB Mics.

Polar Pattern

Samson C01U Polar Pattern

Frequency Response

Samson C01U  Frequency Response