Hello all, I'm looking to expand my capabilities by getting a multi pattern mic, and am leaning toward either an AT 4050, which I can get for $700, or a Royer r-101 which will run me $800. Because of their construction, they're different animals, so I want to get some opinions on which direction to head. I'm a singer/songwriter type. Vocals, AC guitar, Electric guitar, shakers, and other noismakers. Most of the other instruments are done in Reason. I have built a studio-one room is done and the other in progress-and it's sounding quite good. I'm looking to expand my capabilities through a mic purchase. I'm going after a multi pattern workhorse. To start with I'll be recording the following, in order of importance/frequency: -my voice(baritone-esque male). -my acoustic guitar. -I would like to be able to combine with an SDC to do m/s recording, hence the multi pattern capability. -I will be recording some alto-soprano female vocals in the next year or so. -I also record through my tube amp, but I absolutely dig my KEL for that. I'm on a budget $800>$1000, but I do want to make sure I can use the mic on many sources, for decades. Thanks all, Keith Current gear, all acquired on a limited budget: 2-KEL HM-1's-SDC's-, my go-to mics, to be replaced by a pair of SM81's in the near future. 2-Audix OM-2 dynamics-Cucco recommended these and yes, they are blowing away my 57 every time I test them side by side. 1-SM57 2 channels of Altec Lansing 1567 from the 50's or 60's 16 channels of Tascam M216-hey, for $200 how could I go wrong? 8 channels of Presonus Firepod-nasty low mid action going on here. After this mic purchase I will be picking up either the 2 channel Black Lion Audio Auteur or the 4 channel Sytek, but that question will be for another day.