"Simpy the Best."
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
Simply put, this mic records exactly what it hears... your voice, your guitar, any natural reverb or echo in the room, all of the noises in the room, any noise happening outside... basically everything... if what you record with this mic sounds bad, it was a bad sound to begin with or you are doing something wrong with your other gear, it has nothing to do with this mic...
i rated this mics features as the best because it only has one feature: truely great sound capturing ability. a studio mic doesn't need anything else, and neither do you if you are a home studio guy. why pay for features you don't need and will never use..? this mic records whatever you put in it, that's all a mic should do.
Ease of Use:
Simple, plug it in and hit the record button. There are two things that you will need to do for this mic to shine. First, get a good preamp for it, preferably a tube pre with a compressor and maybe an eq. The ART Model 215 Pro Channel is a decent unit for very short money that will help this mic capture everything without clipping your source signal. Second, experiment with mic placement when recording differnt things. You will be surprised at the different sounds you will get.
This mic is light weight, but rugged. I have had zero issues with it or the shockmounts that came with the mics. I bought a second one because sometimes i like to double mic accoustic guitars and i use them both as overhead mics when i record drums. The gold dot fell off of one of my mics, but a drop of super glue fixed that. You gotta have the gold dot on your mic..! LOL..!
Haven't needed any, and that is the best case scenario...
You will not own a better mic than this without spending thousands of dollars. My buddy has a pro-tools hd setup in his studio with a $4000 studio mic running through a $3400 preamp. That system sounds better than my $200 NT1-A running through my $153 ART Pro Channel Model 215 into my Presonus Firebox into my laptop. If you have all the money, i reccomend his setup, if not, buy this mic, you won't regret it.
The Wow Factor:
This mic is sharp looking to be sure, but most importantly it is functional. If you are buying a mic because it looks good, find another hobby, music recording is not for you. If you want a mic that acurately records what is being sung or played, you want this mic.
This mic is the best, period. It is EVERYTHING that Rode says it is. It is simple. It only does one thing, but it does that one thing exceptionally well. If you really need a better mic, you will need to spend thousands of dollars instead of 200. I have recorded using a mic that cost $1000 on my recording setup and it did not sound as good as either of my NT1-A mics. If i need a third mic for my little home studio, i will buy a third one of these.