Studio Projects C3 compared to C1

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by deanp920, Feb 11, 2004.

  1. deanp920

    deanp920 Guest

    I currently own an SP C1 mic.

    I like it on a few sources, but overall it seems to impart a metallic sheen to the signal that can easily be overpowering on cymbals, mandolin, steel, and other instruments that are already rich in high frequencies.

    Does the C3 impart this same coloration, or is it a completely different sounding mic, in addition to offering switchable patterns?
  2. Paladyne

    Paladyne Guest

    I think you might get something out of reading this.

  3. HiString

    HiString Guest

    The C3's published frequency chart shows a similar rise to the C1 once you get above approx., 4KHz. This peaks at around 12KHz and tapers off from then on.

    That being said, it is wise to remember that graphs only tell a portion of the story. I have seen it said numerous times that the C3 sounds different to the C1. Realistically, you have to look at your sound source...........I probably wouldn't consider a bright sounding mic on any of the instruments you listed, although I would also be listening to the room sound as that would influence my final mic choice. Some people have had good results from the C1's when used as o/heads or as a snare mic when aimed at the side of the snare's shell.

    Personally, I have had good results on male and female vocals, micing a Marshall quad and as an ambient room mic and to date have never been bothered by any excessive high end brightness.

  4. deanp920

    deanp920 Guest

    Thank you, Eric.

    Reading that review pretty much answered my question.

    And thank you, Kurt, for making these reviews and comparisions available.

  5. deanp920

    deanp920 Guest

    Which microphone are you referring to?

  6. HiString

    HiString Guest

    Sorry 'bout that.............the C1.

    Whether the lack of apparent "brightness" is a function of my room, a result of the signal chain or the nature of the sound source, or for that matter a combination of all or some of the above I don't know, but it hasn't been an issue for me.


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