Microphones & Accessories

C1USB – Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone


The ART C1USB delivers the performance and tone of a professional studio quality side address FET microphone with the convenience and simplicity of direct to digital USB 2.0 audio interface. C1USB will operate as a standalone unit with any Windows or Mac based recording system.

In addition to being an audio to digital input device, the C1USB microphone has an integrated D/A converter that makes the microphone in effect its own audio interface. The D/A converter provides computer playback to the 1/8th-inch headphone output jack with volume and mix controls integrated into the microphone chassis.

The volume control sets the overall listening level in the headphones, while the mix control allows the user to blend the computer audio (playback) and source (microphone) to the headphones mix. This delivers a zero-latency recording solution.

Additional controls on the microphone include an input gain control to allow setting of proper input level to your recording software, a -10dB pad switch to ensure distortion-free reproduction of extremely loud at-source signals, and a low frequency roll off at 100Hz for improved clarity and presence in your recordings.

Key Features


Type Side Address Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
Capsule 32mm Wide Diaphragm Gold Sputtered Capsule
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Integrated Headphone Output 1/8th-inch TRS Stereo Jack
Controls Headphone Level, Microphone/Playback Mix Level
-10dB Pad, Input Gain Control, Low Frequency Roll Off
Analog-to-Digital Conversion 16-bit / 48 kHz sampling rate
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
Max SPL 130dB
S/N Ratio 86dB
Sensitivity -35dB (+/-2dB) (0dB=1v/Pa 1kHz)
Output USB Type 2.0 (3m cable included)
Equivalent Noise Level +/-20dB (A Weighted)
Included Accessories Zipped Carry Bag, Mic Stand, Mic Stand Mount,
3m (10′) USB Cable
Dimensions 1.5″ x 6.9″ (37mm x 175mm)
Weight 16oz (469g)