Hugh Robjohns wrote:crigenjazz wrote:... I had thought about was instead of the ribbon mic, getting a condenser mic like the RØDE NT1-A package and use this for both violin and the occasional vocals.
While I can appreciate the desire for a multifunctional mic, I doubt the NT1a would work well with the violin. It has a slightly pronounced upper-mid and high-end. It's not as strong as many LDCs, but it is there, and that emphasis and the HF diaphragm resonances might tend to make the violin sound scratchy and even piercing, rather than mellow and sonorous.
I have an nt1a and an nt2. The nt1a is quieter and seems more polished but that makes it quite boring to listen to. It is nicely transparent if you can utilise or tame the top end so I find sounds ok on something that will be in the background but doesn't really sound great on anything. The nt2 is a bit rougher sounding which suits some sources so is more useful but less of the time (for me).
The m260n is great on vocals, particularly details which are often stuffed into the higher end with condensers, often beautiful but congested. The ribbon does a similar thing in the mids which makes it more prominent but less fatiguing (for me).