Rode NT1000 by MikeMcD
I've been using this as my my main vocal mic in my home studio for a couple years, not because it's a superb mic, but because I don't have a great mic selection yet.
The mic is described as a versatile, cardiod condenser, performing admirably on sources like a piano or drum overheads. I haven't used mine as an overhead but it does work fairly well on a bass amp or an acoustic guitar.. I can't say it sounds good at all on a distored guitar amp, but It works well on a clean guitar sound, I like it in front of a Fender Twin or Fender Hot Rod with little to no distortion.As soon as you bring in the distortion though this mic seems to clam up and the signal gets thin and "tinny".
Like I said i've been using it on vocals because frankly, it's the best large-diaphram condenser that I have at this point. On some voices it actually sounds pretty good with a decent preamp, on others it just sounds awful.
If you use the proximity effect and get right up on it, it brings a nice round, intimate, in your face full-bodied sound. Nothing spectacular, but i find it works a lot better in a mix this way.
Features are pretty straightforward. Cardiod polar pattern, No pads or filters.
I've got the shockmount for it, which is sturdy and works great.
Overall, I think I will keep this mic even after I upgrade to some nicer condensers just because it does work pretty well on some instruments, and for the vocal types that really shine on it. But in this price range there are better, more versatile mics to be had. Maybe the Audio Technica stuff?
Oh, and the body shape looks good and feels hefty in your hand. It's worth noting that I would take this mic over the more popular NT1a any day of the week.