Behringer XM8500 by Loon
While the Behringer XM8500 will almost always be bested by a more expensive and more popular mic, this mic still has it's uses in drums, and vocals alike. Usually, when people need a quick and cheap microphone to fill the locker, they will immediately reach for a Shure SM57; however, why would you spend the extra $80 when, in certain aspects, this mic can perform just as well?
Although this mic does not have the same "wow" factor that you might get from a more expensive mic, this mic surely does its job. It will sound fine on just about any instrument, and will never provide a signal that is completely unusable. The mic shines on rack toms and may even perform better than a 57 in this situation. It sounds rather good when close micing drums, but the microphone does not perform as well if used to mic cymbals and hi-hat. As a mono room mic it is also rather decent, however if you are looking to use it in this situation, I recommend using a rather hefty amount of compression. With a bit of a high end boost, this mic is also acceptable as a vocal mic if nothing else is doing the trick.
If you are new to the recording industry or you just wish to record some licks at home, this mic is for you. However, if you own a studio and have enough mics to fill the ranks, this mic is likely to sit in it's case for long periods at a time.
In conclusion, the Behringer XM8500 is capable of recording some rather decent bits if you are short on mics, or are on a tight budget. It performs best close micing drums, but is also usable in other situations as well. For around $20 this mic is a steal, and if I was to have no mics and had only $100 to spend, I would surely take 5 of these rather than an SM57.