My default position tends to be to go with a condenser and then make further decisions from there because condensers are going to (generally) give me the quickest path to a flat, true recording.
In fact, there are times when you have no choice but to use a condenser to get what you're looking for. Specifically:
- when isolating sources in moderately noisy environments
With that said, there are some important reasons to deviate from the condenser mic perspective:
- when recording super high dBspls
- when recording super bright subjects
- when looking for non-linear sounds
I think a great recording kit can be built with very few mics, and the majority of the weight falls on the condensers. When recording extreme sounds or looking for non-linear though, it's important to have other tools in the toolbox.