The Rode NT2A Large Diaphragm Condenser microphone is an excellent studio microphone, 3 polar patters (cardiod, figure 8, omni), a -5 and -10db pad, 40 and 80hz high pass filter all easily selectable with quality switches right on the front of the microphone. The sound is very natural, hardly colored at all. Excellent on vocals, very useable as a drum overhead mic, and does a great job of capturing what’s actually coming out of a guitar amp. And there are more applications that the NT2A is great.