Excellent Project Mic for Price
For the price, this mic is hard to beat... Accurate sound, Solid construction, Multiple patterns, Shockmount, and Case are it's best features.
Overall this mic records a decent vocal, is extremely versatile, and seems to be built like a tank. IMO superior to the AT and MXL mics I have owned in this price range.
I like that it has a decent heft in the hand, and does not feel cheap. The Polar patterns are very accurate - the omni picking up very equally all the way around, the fig.8 rejects well from the sides, and the cardioid rejects well from the sides and back. (I got an interesting solo vocal sound in fig.8 with the mic 4" away from a mirror - slapback-ish)
The cardioid pattern has some signal drop below ~60hz and is noticible on low frequency sources, but the omni is rather flat and pleasant.
I don't like that the bass rolloff is set at 300hz and 12db/8va - I probably won't use that much unless I'm using it on cymbals. I would like to see the 300hz at 6db/8va, and maybe a 120hz @ 12db/8va option.
I also find the 20db pad a bit extreme and would like to see a 10db option as well... That being said, I got great results using the pad on an exceptionally heavily played snare drum in the cardioid pattern. Proximity effect as expected.
The self-noise and output impedance are a bit high, but right on par with or better than any other mic in this price range. I do get a little noise when driving my presonus firestudio preamps hard with it.
This is an AKG design, but made in China for those wondering. Still the best I have used in this price range.