I explain a little about my situation. I am a violinist and I have some experience in recordings (rather being recorded, which has given me some experience especially in editing) but I do not have much experience as far as recording equipment is concerned, now I only have a Zoom H6 and a couple of mics Studio Projects C4 with which I usually record some concerts.
I would like to invest and start recording my group (violin, cello and harpsichord, http://www.scaramuc…) and get the best results as possible.
I'm putting together a simple, entry-level system - not intended to make production quality CD's but to learn the basics, etc. I 'll be using the Alesis IO26 as the audio interface and pre-amp. My interests lie with classical music (piano, harpsichord, small groups). I'm looking for a suitable pair of mics (in the $250 per mic range). Currently, my plan is the RODE NT1-A. While this mic gets excellent reviews, concerns have been raised about its suitability for strong transients (e.g. loud drum hits) and it is reported as a bit 'hot' in the upper mid-range.