I had a RODE NT1A which I wasn't a fan of...not enough sparkle. I then had it modded by Oktavamod and still found it lacking. So I sold it and purchased an AKG C414XLII. while its a fair amount more than the Spark, it's the least expensive for a truly pro mic that is used in many studios. If you are a home recordist, there are two things I would recommend investing serious money in...that is your mic and your pre-amp. A great mic and pre will advance your recordings by leaps and bounds.
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