It feels has the law of diminishing returns happens at around this price point, for large diaphragm condenser microphones. So you’ll get the best bang for the buck with the AT2035. This is mostly an opinionated observation, so it’s value may be up for debate. On paper, the AT2035 is better than the NT1, but there is a lot to consider for that to be of any relevance in actual use.
I use it to evaluate my vocals in an occasionally “noisy”, non treated room
- The first time I monitored the microphone with active noise canceling headphones, I could hear dogs barking and birds chirping at a long distance.
- Clarity of vocals feels crazy good when using the proximity effect.
- 10 decibels padding switch in the mic
- Low cut filter directly in the mic
- None so far
On a final note:
- It’s fine for my use case, but for actually tracking vocals, this is a large diaphragm condenser mic, and it should be used in an appropriate environment, if that's what you're doing. This thing will capture "everything". Of course you can always trim 10 decibels if you're not tracking vocals, and there is a padding switch for that, and a low cut too.