I love these microphones and I personally own 12. I do live audio and use these on orchestral instrumentation, drum overheads, hihats, and gospel choirs. It excels in all these categories. Some purists say that it is too bright compared to the old KM84, but that is probably a studio problem. In the live world, some of that brightness can be helpful. The mics are also pretty quiet and the matte black ones are so unobtrusive you nearly forget that they are there. One suggestion is, never lose the mic clip, it is quite pricey.