Submitted January 11, 2011 by a customer from gmail.com
"Great first mic, still worth it for veterans."
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This is a great first mic, if you are just getting into recording, and will be needing to record instruments. If you are just going to be doing vocals, I'd go for some large diaphragm condenser, but if you need a mic that you can put anywhere and have it sound solid, this is a great one. That's not to say this is just a beginner or entry-level microphone. Anyone on a budget should have one, and anyone not on a budget should still have (and use) theirs from when they were on a budget. I can't see anyone really being disappointed with this mic.
It's a dynamic mic. it's not going to have that crisp high end that you'll get with a small-diaphragm condenser, but this mic excels on guitar cabs and snare drums. I have even used it as a drum overhead, where, while it may not have that high-end shimmer, it does capture a nice, fat cymbal sound, that should be fine if you are recording a demo, or a diy recording where you don't need everything to sound super crisp.
It comes with a mic clip and a zip pouch. They are nice to have, I guess. nothing to complain about here.
Ease of Use
Just plug and play. Point it what you want to hear, point it away from what you don't want to hear
As others have said, the metal casing feels indestructible. The pickup end feels a little loose (it has some sort of internal shock-mount, which is why it feels this way), and I would expect that if I did have a problem with this microphone, that's where it would happen. That being said, I have had no issues with it so far, and I believe you can buy a replacement capsule head if necessary. It's a really solid microphone, though. Another thing about this microphone is, it is used everywhere, so you know that, at the very least, you are buying a microphone that everyone else is using. It's not just some unknown out there.
As far as mics go, it's cheap. That being said, when I want another, I will probably buy one used off craigslist, where you can usually find them for $50-70 since they are so indestructible. Still, $100 is not a bad price at all.
Haven't needed any
The Wow Factor
It's nice enough. No one will care how it looks when it's in front of a guitar cab or snare drum anyway.
Student, aspiring recording engineer
Rock, metal, hardcore
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