The AT4047 does have a specific sound, but I find it's a sound I like a lot, and has lots of uses. It is also a great value in the world of DIY professional recording. I'd say the mic has a 'grit' to it, and a nice forward midrange character. I use it all the time on drum overheads (Glyn Johns setup), in front of kick drums, drumset front/room, male vocals, and have had success on bass amps. The AT4047 is currently my go-to large diaphragm condenser. I own two, and would like a third...the AT4047MP has got my eye!