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SupercardioidSamson C02

Supercardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone

The Samson C02 is a supercardioid pencil condenser, sold as a stereo pair.

The Supercardioid capsules are fixed; the element inside has a diameter of 12mm.

The mic’s frequency response is relatively flat in the mid-range, with a gentle rolloff below 100Hz, and broad 5dB peak at 8kHz.

Sound On Sound - 2005
Used with acoustic guitar, the C02 produced a detailed, well-rounded sound, but without its presence peak making the sound aggressive or edgy. By contrast, the SE Electronics SE1As I used for comparison gave a noticeably more jangly result and exhibited a similar level of background noise.

The mic specifications were updated in 2005:
C02 2003: Cardioid, 40-20kHz
C02 2005: Supercardioid, 50-20kHz

The mic ships with compact elastic shockmounts and foam windscreens.

The Samson C02 is also known as: CO2.

The mic was released in 2003.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Supercardioid (10 mV/Pa; 50 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Capsule diameter: 12mm
n/a Max SPL: 134 dB
Self-noise: 22.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
170g (6.00oz) 150mm (5.91'') 20mm (0.79'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48v

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