This item is meant to help people who are experiencing problems with the Samson C01U USB Microphone, specifically using Windows 2000. Unlike the rest of my site, it is not intended to be funny. If you are looking for goofy shit in Dutch, click somewhere the right of this text!
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Description: The Samson C01U USB Microphone is a very good solution for those who need to record speech or live music recordings with minimal facilities. It plugs into any computer (provided it has USB and some audio recording software, such as CoolEdit) and makes high-quality recordings that bypass the PC’s soundcard entirely. Most soundcards being of the cheap and nasty variety (e.g. Realtek AC97), recording via the microphone-connector usually delivers severely distorted audio, barely usable for serious purposes. Recording via line-in requires an amplifier, which is also a bitch.
Enter the C01U USB, a perfect and reasonably priced solution. I really do recommend it. You can even use a laptop as a mobile recording and editting facility now, with no extra hardware! However, there is a problem…
Problem: The microphone itself is a fine product, which is identified by Windows automatically and can be used instantly. Windows 98 and Windows 2000 identify the device as a ‘USB Audio Device’ in the ‘Sound, Video and Game controllers’ section of the hardware manager and as a ‘USB Composite Device’ in the list of USB-controllers.
Unfortunately, the software that can be downloaded from http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=1810&brandID=2 is not very good. This software, SoftPre, specifically version 1.0.16, is supposed to add some functionality, such as Input Level Meter, Volume control, High-pass filter and Phase Switch. However, I have found on 3 separate machines (running Windows 2000 and Windows XP SP 2 respectively) that this software is buggy and in fact DISABLES any kind of recording feature by reducing the gain to such a low level that you really have to scream to get any kind of signal at all! Also, running Windows 2000 SP4 I found that restarting the PC with the mike connected to the USB port would cause a Blue Screen Of Death!
The bigger problem is that removing the Samson SoftPre applet does not actually get rid of the problem. It has taken me quite some time to fix it and I offer my experiences for those who run into the same problem. Please note: this applies to the WINDOWS version only, I have NO experience with the Apple version of this applet!
HOW TO REVERT DELETE REMOVE KILL THE SAMSON SOFTPRE SOFTWARE
1. Delete the SoftPre software Applet using the standard Windows Software Manager
2. Go to the Windows hardware manager (usually found via the control panel or if you can’t find it, do this: Go to the My Computer icon, click with the RIGHThand mousebutton, select Manage, select Device Manager).
3. In the subsection ‘ Sound, Video and Game controllers’ select the item ‘Samson audio (WDM)’ and
select ‘properties’. Click on ‘update driver’ and select ‘Install From A List Or Specific Location’. Press ‘Next’ and select ‘Don’t Search, I Will Select The Driver To Install’.
Toggle the checkbox for ‘show compatible hardware’ and from the list on the left select the ‘USB Audio Device’. This is the roll-back to the default driver that Windows selects. After that, Windows will also change the entry Samson C01U in the list of USB-controllers back to ‘ Composite USB Device’. (You may have to do this manually, in my case it was automatic.)
If you have problems with this, refer to http://www.samsontech.com/usb_mics/driver_update/ although you must remember we are actually trying to REVERSE that procedure! It may help you to locate the appropriate menu’s and buttons, though.
I do not claim this to be the only way or the best way to do this. I just claim this worked for me.
Extra tip: if you are recording in stereo you will only get a signal on the left channel. Look, it’s a mono-microphone! All microphones that record in stereo are, in point of fact, TWO microphones. This ain’t one. Set your recording software to use the left channel only. Oh, and the front of the Samson is where the green light is.
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