How to Connect the Behringer C-1 to a PC

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Things You'll Need

  • Mixer or interface with XLR connectors and phantom power (C-1 only)
  • Adapter cables
  • XLR microphone cable

Behringer's C-1 microphone is a large diaphragm condenser microphone that is available in two models. The regular C-1 is a conventional cabled microphone, while the C-1U is the same physical mic wired to connect via a PC's USB port. USB microphones have been expanding the capability of computers to record high quality audio without the need to add expensive interfaces formerly required for condenser mics.


Connect your mixer or interface to your PC with the adapter cables. Which cables to use depends on the design of your equipment. Consult the manufacturer's documents for recommended configurations.

Connect the C-1 to the mixer or interface using the XLR cable. This should be done with phantom power switched off. Turn it on only after the mic is connected to avoid damage to the mic itself.

Start the software with which you plan to use your C-1 mic and set levels as needed. A mixer plugged into the PC sound card should not require additional configuration. Audio interfaces may need drivers installed. Follow instructions provided with your interface.


Connect the C-1U microphone to your PC using the USB cable included with the microphone. Your computer should be on when you connect the mic.

Watch for signs that your microphone is detected and configured. Drivers for the C1-U will be loaded automatically. Verify that the blue light on the microphone illuminates, indicating the mic is receiving power via the USB port.

Choose the C1-U mic as your sound source within the audio application you wish to use. The C-1U is packaged with software to create podcasts and multitrack recordings.


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