Great for live brassThese work great live for brass instruments. The build quality is solid and the sound is perfectly fine. I can't find anything cheaper and I don't need anything more expensive.
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Great for home recordingThe microphone was ordered on a Wednesday and I received it the following Monday. It comes in a durable hard plastic case with specifically cutout durable foam for absolute protection and for such a small device it is robust. Please make sure you can provide 48volt phantom power, otherwise they wont work. For $69 the type of microphone it is, has quite a decent and direct pick-up of sound. Instead of using my Samson Q51's on the 2 up rack toms and 2 down floor toms when recording, I prefer these. You get close enough clarity and are less intrusive in your playing space. I have accidentally struck the microphones a number of times with medium impact and they still work. No, they aren't perfect for laying down the final tracking of (in this case, drums), however they are a good quality microphone to get you started. When you buy budget quality equipment, that is what you usually get. These microphones are budget but they are a step above that label. Artist has provided me 3 cymbals, a 10" brilliant finish splash, an18" light crash in brilliant finish and an 18" medium rough crash to which all complement my Paiste cymbals. I have also bought good quality drum bags, heavy duty hardware bags and a great cymbal bag. I highly recommend Artist.