I've used this mike in studio, and it usually worked as well as AKG 414's for imaging guitars, vocals, and various stringed instruments. I know Skipper Wise socially. He was a touring musician before helping create Blue Microphones, and he staffed that company with talented folks— smart, picky, and fussy—keeping a high bar on product control while pricing most lines for earth people and civilians. Obviously, when you get into their bottle line, competing with the top mikes in the industry (and holding their own) you aren't talking about competing with other consumer lines anymore. This mike is affordable, particularly since it compares with a mike twice its price. Any Kiwi, Reactor or blueberry recordings prove great things can come in small-priced packages. The discoveries and innovations Blue Microphones made in a few decades include very cool product designs alongside high technical standards. Blue's Reactor is a good deal--like getting a 414 at half price. I once got just that deal on a pair of AKG's, but I sold them during a downturn years ago (to Brian Ray who plays for McCartney now). Getting a pair of these mikes is almost like getting those AKG's back, though I think they had five settings versus the Reactor's four. I love the recordings, the headroom I can get with these. This mike is a really good value and doesn't disappoint.