>What does the vocalist sound like and how loud is the stage?
Vocalist is an strong alto female with big range, quite classical, lots of softer songs, lots of belters. Kate Bush/Karen Carpenter/Freddie Mercury, I guess. Tuning and tone excellent so a mic that reveals all is not a worry. Sounds good through an EV ND767a but boxy through an SM58
(but then the same is true of me).
Stage is anywhere from small pubs to larger venues.
So an all-round mic would be good, but I realize I'll have to buy a few for different venues (and also to see what they sound like).
I'm thinking of just spending the extra and getting the KMS105
, but then that's a lot for a mic that (1) I haven't tested (and no local shop has it); (2) may not really make much of a difference with a lot of ordinary live PAs; and (2) will cost a fortune to replace if it gets damaged. But then, why not spend a bit extra and get what looks to be a better mic (which can also be used in the studio - probably be better than my NT1A anyway).
Or: AT AE5400, AKG C5900M or AKG C535EB. Or even a few of these as well. (Also will be getting an Audix OM for feedback-heavy practise room).