Sound: I have owned this microphone for over 3 years. The Shure Beta 58a microphone has a strong sound in live settings. I donâ€™t need to use much gain and never feel like I am competing with other instruments. This year I started using it to record demoâ€™s for posting on myspace page, www.myspace/pottreeandthereckless. I use the Beta 58a, the M-audio Firewire Solo interface and the garageband that came with my Mac. The combination is a nice budget but high quality set up. This mic is great for someone who wants to invest in a mic that will work well in a live and studio setting under $200 dollars. Feature: The mic included a wind stopper, stand attachment and a nice pouch. Ease of Use: Plug and Play/Sing! Quality: I use this mic daily and it is rugged enough to handle the daily wear and tear. I haven not had any problems at all since purchase. Value: I feel like this is a very affordable microphone, specifically since it can be used in both live and recording settings. Manufacturer Support: Not yet, that is a good thing... quality product! The Wow Factor: When you hold it, it has some weight to it... not like a cheap light mic... Overall: I feel like I will be using this mic for a long time, while I do hope to upgrade to a condensor mic soon for live recording, this mic is helping me record my current ideas with ease and quality.