or should I just keep my rode ntk?
I really like the Studio Projects C1 - C1 - Studio Recording Microphone. For the money, I think it sounds really nice. I've used it on male and female vocals in a variety of locations (small rooms, and large areas like churches etc). I've tried it a few times on guitar and horns (Sax and Trumpet) and it does a good job there too. It's not a "Flat" sounding mic though. It has a lively sound.
I just checked the specs on your NTK. That looks like a nice mic! High SPL handling. Sound wise, I'm not sure how much it would differ from the Studio Projects C1. Maybe someone in this forum has had experience with both microphones?
I've been thinking of getting the Shure SM7B as a vocal mic...$350 new.
I've read many forum posts about this being a great vocal mic...and I'm very interested in reading the recommendations here from the experts.
From all accounts I've heard, that Rode is a fine mic.
For less than 500, you have to look at the SM57, 58 7b, Senn 421, and maybe the Bluebird.
I own them all but the 7b. On my wishlist.
I'm thinking if you don't like the Rode, you don't want a condenser? (definitely no Bluebird in that case)