I have been using a pair of these for a long time as drum room mics, and ambient mics for various other purposes. I personally find the transient response on these mics to be phenomenal despite the deceivingly low price tag. The sound overall is very rich and and full. You don't get that harsh, cheap sound that you get on many other large diaphragm condensers in this price range. The mic just has a very open sound to it that I feel lends itself very much to ambient recording. If you take a pair of these 20 feet away from your drum set, and then compress that stereo signal and blend it in with your close mics, you will have yourself a great drum sound without having to spend a lot on your ambient mics. They also fare pretty well on close miked vocals, though not as well as the more expensive condensers, since the high frequency response on this mic is not quite as sweet. For the price, you are getting a great condenser that will serve you well. I would get it again, it's a good value.