"All of that first album [2007's I Created Disco] was recorded on the Amiga setup. It was all done in my bedroom in Dumfries, before I got any interest from the music business. "All I had was the Amiga 1200, the Korg M5 provided loads of sounds for the first album, a huge, 32-channel Soundcraft mixer, my 950 – at some point, that was upgraded to an S3000 – the Alesis compressors, the Zoom, a Line 6 echo-thingy, a Focusrite VoiceMaster Pro and a couple of AKG C1000 mics. That was it!"more
The C1000S has been in production since the mid-'80s. I inherited two of these mics from my father after they'd been thoroughly well-used onstage, and they remained for more than a decade the only mics I ever used in the studio or onstage when I had to bring my own gear. They are workhorses, super durable, and very forgiving when it comes to sound quality in tough situations.
Making the jump to hugely expensive mics like the Neumann large-condensers might make sense once you've spent $10,000 on an acoustically perfect home studio. But for the budget recordist these are fantastic mics and may actually work better in imperfect spaces. They're great rugged touring mics, very nuanced in the studio, and have eaten everything I've thrown at them (vocals, amps, acoustic instruments, documentary sound) with equal ease. Mic placement and proximity is real important with them, but once you get to know them they'll give you a lifetime of service. A very fine go-to condenser for live or studio vocal/instrument sound.