Mic Suggestion

A friend of mine is looking at this mic (link below) for solo instruments during his field show.  Can anyone give any input on this?  (Or recommend a good one that's on a school's budget?)

From what I am seeing here, the mic that your friend has his eyes on won�۪t receive any negative feedbacks regarding it. I have been using it for months now and everything seem fine to me. The quality, the sound it produce, etc. everything is great. But talking about getting this mic, I would suggest your friend to really find out what he wants in a mic, as different mic brings out a different characteristic.
[quote author=RGreen link=topic=3782.msg19993#msg19993 date=1281489830]
The AT2020 hasn't failed me yet for any outdoor situation.

Good to know!
The AT2020 hasn't failed me yet for any outdoor situation.
[quote author=Jim Casella link=topic=3782.msg19979#msg19979 date=1281396082]
I'm not sure if [a large diaphragm mic] may be more susceptible to wind noise too.[/quote]It will; simple laws of physics apply.

I second the suggestion for an SM57. Can't go wrong with it, plus a dynamic mic is a lot more rugged and a lot less susceptible to damage than a condenser mic. Additionally, it works without phantom power, making it more versatile (i.e. it will work even with a cheap mixer than doesn't provide phantom power).
Can't go wrong with the SM57, and would be versatile for the entire music dept.

Thanks Jim.  I'll pass that along.
I won't have a lot of better suggestions for you, but one thing that may be worth considering is that a large diaphragm mic may be more suited to the sensitivity allowed in a studio environment. I'm not sure if it may be more susceptible to wind noise too. If so, be sure to factor in wind screens. I would recommend your friend consult with someone who's had some experience miking things outdoors, keeping in mind that you'll probably want something versatile and on a budget.

Actually, a call to the Sweetwater sales team would probably give him some good guidance!
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