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C-1U

USB Studio Condenser Microphone

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Important Safety

Instructions

Terminals marked with this symbol carry electrical current of sufficient magnitude to constitute risk

of electric shock. Use only high-qualitycommercially-availablespeaker cables with ¼" TS plugspre-installed.All other installation or modification should be performed only by qualified personnel.

This symbol, wherever it appears, alerts you to the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage

inside the enclosure - voltage that may be sufficient to constitute a risk of shock.

This symbol, wherever it appears, alerts you to important operating and maintenance instructions in the

accompanying literature. Please read the manual.

Condenser microphones are extremely moisture-sensitive.Never use your microphone in close

proximity to water (e.g. bath tubs, wash basins, sinks, washing machines, pools, etc.).

Caution

Always use the power supply specified in the

operating instructions.

Caution

Take care not to drop your microphone as this can lead to

severe damage. BEHRINGER assumes no liability for any damage caused by the user.

After each use, wipe the microphone down with a soft cloth and place it back into its

protective casing (included with the microphone). The small bag containing the moisture-absorbingcrystals should remain in the casing to help keep your microphone dry.

Caution

Never dismount the screen holding the capsule, as this can damage

the microphone! Never try to modify the printed circuit board inside your C 1U! This can lead to microphone damage that cannot be repaired. Any such attempt will void the warranty.

In exceptional cases, external interference (e.g. contact and electrostatic discharge) may affect the functioning of the unit and result in audio or functional impairment. In any such

case, please disconnect the unit briefly from the USB port and restart the application to return to normal operation.

The sound quality may diminish within the range of powerful broadcasting stations and high-frequencysources. Increase the distance between the transmitter and the device and use shielded cables for all connections.

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LIMITED WARRANTY

Please register your new BEHRINGER equipment right after your purchase by visiting

behringer.com and read the terms and conditions of our warranty carefully.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS AND APPEARANCE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN IS CORRECT AT THE TIME OF PRINTING. ALL TRADEMARKS

ARE THE PROPERTY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS. MUSIC GROUP ACCEPTS NO LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSS WHICH MAY BE SUFFERED BY ANY PERSON WHO RELIES EITHER WHOLLY OR IN PART UPON ANY DESCRIPTION, PHOTOGRAPH OR STATEMENT CONTAINED HEREIN. COLORS AND SPECIFICATIONS MAY VARY FROM ACTUAL PRODUCT. MUSIC GROUP PRODUCTS ARE SOLD THROUGH AUTHORIZED FULLFILLERS AND RESELLERS ONLY. FULLFILLERS AND RESELLERS ARE NOT AGENTS OF MUSIC GROUP AND

HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO AUTHORITY TO BIND MUSIC GROUP BY ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED

UNDERTAKING OR REPRESENTATION. THIS MANUAL IS COPYRIGHTED. NO PART OF THIS MANUAL

MAY BE REPRODUCED OR TRANSMITTED IN ANY FORM OR BY ANY MEANS, ELECTRONIC OR MECHANICAL, INCLUDING PHOTOCOPYING AND RECORDING OF ANY KIND, FOR ANY PURPOSE,

WITHOUT THE EXPRESS WRITTEN PERMISSION OF MUSIC GROUP IP LTD.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

© 2011 MUSIC Group IP Ltd.

Trident Chambers, Wickhams Cay, P.O. Box 146, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

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1. Directivity

Your C 1U features a capsule with a cardioid pickup pattern and is ideal for recording individual instruments, vocals and speech. Cardioid pickup pattern means that the sound produced by sources located in front of the mic is strongly picked up. It is often used

in recording situations, since this directivity pattern tones down the pickup of sounds located to the back of the microphone.

To place the microphone correctly, the BEHRINGER logo needs to face the sound source being recorded.

2. Mounting the Microphone

There is an adapter on your microphone that lets you mount it on mic stands with either metric (Europe) or imperial-gaugethreads (North America). First dismantle the microphone from the stand mount adapter by detaching thefine-threadshoulder screw at the bottom end of the microphone. Fasten the adapter onto the microphone stand, place the microphone into it and tighten the screw again.

Basically, the microphone in the stand mount adapter should stand upright and face the sound source at a right angle. The angle of the microphone to the sound source influences the sound of the recording; therefore, experiment with different positions until you achieve the desired sound. To this end, you can rotate the mic in the stand mount adapter by loosening the screw somewhat and tightening it again.

If necessary, you can bend the microphone out of its vertical position by using the hinge on the microphone stand.

Please make sure to handle the microphone shaft with attention and care to avoid damaging the screw thread. In no situation should you ever apply excessive force.

Of course, you can detach the C 1U from the stand mount adapter and attach it to a commercially available suspension mount.

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3. Installing the Microphone

3.1 Technical requirements

Your C 1U microphone comes with a USB connector. The audio signal is sent from the microphone to the computer through this connection. At the same time the computer uses the USB connection to supply the microphone with the necessary power. A connection is made by using the included USB cable with type-Bconnector.

Use only the included cable to ensure an optimal signal quality and a reliable power supply.

To operate the C 1U, your computer needs to meet the following system requirements:

PC

Mac

Intel or AMD CPU, 1 GHz or higher

G4/G5, 800 MHz or higher

minimum 512 MB RAM

minimum 512 MB RAM

USB 2.0 interface

USB 2.0 interface

Windows XP/Vista

Mac OS X 10.3.9 (Panther) or higher

3.2 Initial operation

Before you can use your C 1U, connect it to a free USB port on your computer. For initial operation of your C 1U, complete the following steps:

1)Power up your computer.

2)Connect your C 1U to a free USB port on your computer.

◊ Your operating system automatically installs the required drivers.

3)Select the C 1U as input source in your preferred audio software application.

Windows:

4)Adjust the recording level as required, using the Windows Volume Control panel. (Shortcut: Loudspeaker icon found in the taskbar)

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Mac OS:

5) Adjust the recording level as required, using Audio Midi Setup in Mac OS.

◊ Your C 1U is now ready for use.

Complete the following steps should you want to use your C 1U by default in other applications:

Windows:

Select the C 1U in thepull-downmenu ofSound recording by clicking

on Sounds and Audio Devicesin the Control Paneland then clicking the tab Audio

Mac OS:

Select C 1U asDefault Input found under the tabAudio Devices inAudio Midi Setup of Mac OS

4. Using the Microphone

To get the sound you want, try changing the mic position relative to the sound source or even move the microphone around in the recording room of your studio. Adjusting the angle at which walls face the sound source can also be helpful. Only when the desired basic sound has been achieved, should you start to use equalizers and signal processors, if any at all (remember: less is often more!).

Due to the extremely linear frequency response and the high sonic resolution of your C 1U, there is no need for high-frequency“EQing” that can heavily influence the signal and unnecessarily increase the noise level. The C 1U provides thatmuch-desiredtransparency which often gets lost during recording and mixing.

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Frequency response

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5. Specifications

 

 

 

Transducer type

condenser, 16 mm (0.63'')

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polar pattern

cardioid

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frequency response

40 Hz to 20 kHz

 

 

Max. SPL (1% THD @ 1 kHz)

136 dB

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connector

USB connector type B

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power supply

5 V, max. 50 mA (via USB)

 

 

 

 

 

Physical/Weight

 

 

 

Dimensions

0 shaft: 2.1", length: 6.7"

 

 

 

0 shaft: 54 mm, length: 169 mm

 

 

Weight (net)

approx. 1.17 lbs / 0.53 kg

BEHRINGER is constantly striving to maintain the highest professional standards. As a result of these efforts, modifications may be made from time to time to existing products without prior notice. Specifications and appearance may differ from those listed or illustrated.

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION COMPLIANCE INFORMATION

C-1U

 

Responsible Party Name:

MUSIC Group Services US Inc.

Address:

18912 North Creek Parkway,

 

Suite 200 Bothell, WA 98011,

 

USA

Phone/Fax No.:

Phone: +1 425 672 0816

 

Fax: +1 425 673 7647

C-1U

complies with the FCC rules as mentioned in the following paragraph:

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular

installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.

Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

(1)this device may not cause harmful interference, and

(2)this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Important information:

Changes or modifications to the equipment not expressly approved by MUSIC Group can void the user’s authority to use the equipment.

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