In Need of Huge Help With Samson Co1u Microphone

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Apr 6, 2013
I bought this the summer of 2012. It was underwhelming but being that this was my first mic and seeing so many other people with better quality with the same mic, I've been figuring I've been doing something wrong.

Today, I just uninstalled and reinstalled this microphone. Then, I set the microphone as the default microphone and boosted the sound to 100, and still no sound whatsoever when I attempt to record in programs like Sonar, Audacity, Audition etc.

I run on Windows 7, 64 bit operating system.

Please note that I was getting some sound the last few months, the quality, however left much to be desired for. Anybody can help me with this microphone?
Try a different microphone.
Try re-installing the audio drivers and software.
Open the mixer and check the levels and mute switches.
Open the audio software and check the settings.
Double click the speaker icon in the lower right hand of the desktop, this will bring up the mixer, or single click to bring up the volume control. Laptops: see below, third paragraph.
Check the setting of the mixer or volume control.
But in case the volume is missing, corrupted, or the audio is otherwise non-functional:
you check whichever audio was installed:
click start, click control panel, click add remove programs, look at the list...
which audio software is shown on the list? delete it, restart the computer.

now visit the motherboard manufacturer or computer manufacturer's website
look up your computer drivers by model number
download the latest audio drivers, save on the desktop...
turn the antivirus off,
if you have multiple security programs installed, turn them all off
(your driver may not install if security systems are turned on)
now load your new audio driver, restart, turn the antivirus back on.

Laptops: Your volume controls may be built into the keyboard. (varies according to make and model number)
OR: your volume control may be a knob, located near the headphone jack.
Download the entire manual for your computer model from the manufacturer's website.
The manual will show you where all the keyboard audio or wireless ethernet controls are located.
But besides the manufacturer keyboard controls, you will still have software controls, as above. (first paragraph)
So if "either one of these volume controls is turned to "zero" you will have no sound. If the Mixer is turned to zero, or muted, you will have no sound.
Hmmm, better check that.

Garry Cotton

Aug 8, 2015
I suspect your issue is a lack of power to the mic. C01U is a condenser microphone and these types of mics need additional power supply. Usually, a USB slot will provide the required power but not all USB slots provide the same amount of power and some don't meet the requirements of this mic, especially on laptops.

Do get around this you may need to use an external powered USB hub - look for one that extends a PC USB port and has an AC adapter which will allow the mic to connect with the computer AND get enough juice.

Hope this helps.
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