I wasn't sure about this set of MXL550/551 when i first got it. But I admit they have grown on me. They're pretty good at micing acoustic guitars, cellos, and violins. And I've even used them on vocals a couple of times. They seem to sound great on female vocals ( IMO). You can usually find these guys pretty cheap. Give 'em a go!
I love this mic pair for it's true sound and durability, but I am now looking to move on to a more high end mic. This mic is perfect for people just getting into recording.
Honestly not that bad, but I only bought this because it came as a bundle option for the Focusrite 18i20 and I knew that it could be modded with a Neumann U87 clone kit. It was either pay the regular price for just the Focusrite 18i20 or pay the regular price and also get the mic bundle and an extra pair of headphones.
These mics are good for singer songwriters and other light genres of music. The 550 for vocals and the 551 on the guitar. I have also used this combo on guitar amps and piano. The key to using these is to not place it to close to the source or put to much gain on it.
i bought this combo pack on a whim when it was like half off on hellomusic. i dont use the 551, but the 550 is an essential mic when it comes to how my recordings sound. its brightness is like perfectly contoured for my voice for some reason & i LOVE how it captures guitar tones, even from shit amps