I use this wonderful mic at my home studio mainly for vocals and I use it with golden age pre amp and compressor the sound is amazing! Anyways,you can also use it by itself(no comp or pre amp) and I assure you will sound excellent too. the mic comes with all the goodies you just need to open the box,plug and start singing. Many people say this mic is kind of harsh, I tell you they are maybe deaf or they are comparing this mic with some ribbon mic??? I strongly recommend you get this beauty now! and it will give you many "happy moments" and it will last till you die and beyond.