i spoke to allan hyatt, the CEO of Studio Projects just as this mic was coming out, and just before i bought one myself. i earlier returned a rode NT1, mainly because i thought it was ugly. (yes, i'm shallow, and i don't care.) other than gassing his product completely, he made comparisons to the nuemann u87. now, let me set this straight. not a single one of you, considering i highly doubt you're working in real studio enviorments with acoustically treated rooms, high quality processors and good moniters, will be able to mix the C1 onto the level of the u87. like i've said before, when you've learned enough to master mixing with the C1, upgrade, then have even better quality. basically, for you (and myself,), the studioprojects/nuemann comparison is a myth. yeah, it's decently similar, except look what you're dealing with. in the audio game, you get what you pay for. no ifs, ands, or buts. first thing i noticed with my c1 is that it was insanely crisp. then i got used to it, and realized that it was a little bit harsh. my friend who works in a studio agreed with me on this, as he was checking a track i did. it goes through a joemeek mq3 preamp, which i'm on the verge of selling. i went through the motions on the preamp, and with the mic -- adjusted the eq and compression settings, the pads, the gain, whatever. what i'm realizing, is that if you're looking for a nice solid warm sound, you're not going to get it from this mic unless you process the hell out of your vocals. personally, the mic sounds thin and harsh. by no means is it a bad mic, it's just not as good as the hype. i don't really feel like typing up a review, considering i'm tired and (obviously) have not a single ounce of structure capability with this. so shoot your questions on the mic here, and i'll answer them. all in all, i'm seeing budgets which don't go over 1000$ here. that's embarressing. look, i don't want to shatter anyone, and i'm sure people will disagree, but it's the simple truth. you will NOT get "studio," quality with a 100$ MXL (which should be avoided, honestly.) mics, and 70$ preamps, with a decent soundcard. maybe if you replaced the soundcard for that new motu joint, yeah. maybe. my advice, is that instead of spending little bits of money when you have it, just save up for better equiptment. i made the same mistake myself. i have over 2500$ worth of equiptment in my "studio," heh, but i'm contemplating selling everything but the MPC and just getting new stuff.