This is a fantastic(!) large condenser mic with a smoothness and warmth and can be used in a wide variety of applications from vocals to percussion, in large part due to the cardioid, omni, and figure 8 settings, pad, and low freq cut. It is extremely well made(in Australia) As a Rode mic enthusiast, I feel this is the best large diaphram mic in it's price range and certainly is competitive with more expensive mics. The SM6 shock mount is excellent too and, along with a very good XLR cord, adds to an overall great value! You can't go wrong with Rode.