A review of the Behringer B1 studio condenser microphone.
The Behringer B1 is a budget studio condensor mic that is surprisingly good value. The unit actually comes with it’s own shock mount, wind sock and case which certainly adds to it’s appeal.
As a user of the B1 I must say this condensor mic does deliver good sound quality with very low noise. Behringer does tend to produce some lower end equipment which is not durable enough for regular on the road professional use but they do make good microphones at very good prices.
The first thing to understand about the B1 is that it is a condenser microphone and as such it is designed to run off 48v phantom power so you will certainly need an audio interface that has this in order for it to work. Secondly it is designed primarily for vocal recording and acoustic instruments (I have used it to record harmonica with good results). It is too bulky to place close to an acoustic guitar in which case you may be better off with a different mic. Having said that though you could position it on a boom stand and capture your recordings from overhead.
The Behringer B1 is very well made and solidly put together with a brass body and a nice satin nickel finish which looks pretty classy.
The microphone features a cut and low frequency roll off switch. The roll off position allows you to reduce lower frequencies (such as floor rumble or pop sounds from speech for example). It gives an almost level response to all the frequencies picked up close to the mic which means the signal going into your recording system will be reasonably even.
The – 10dB position reduces the overall sound amplification level of the mic by 10 dB if required to enable it to capture high level sound sources such as the pulse form a kick drum without distortion.
The included shock mount is also well designed with an all steel body and black painted finish.
The wind sock is a nice inclusion for those who tend to shout out their vocals.
The B1 would be a great choice for the person wanting to start out home recording and has limited funds but still wants a capable microphone for voice and some limited acoustic instrument recording. In terms of value for money (less than $100 on Amazon) this is an excellent starter microphone.