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Aston Starlight Condenser Microphone

Aston Starlight Condenser Microphone

The Aston Starlight is a Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone, featuring laser-alignment sight for placement accuracy and recording recall, 3-position voicing switch, 10dB & -20dB pads, 3-position Low-Cut-Filter, designed & manufactured in the UK.

The Aston Starlight is the first ever laser targeting pencil microphone, allowing for recall of mic position in studio use, and incredibly quick and easy set up in live applications. This truly unique and exceptional microphone also showcases Aston’s variable voice switching for sound contouring, a nearly indestructible build quality, our signature sintered head, and Aston's, now famous, tumbled 100% stainless steel chassis.

The addition of a Class 2 laser to Starlight, with on/off switch, allows the user to recall mic positions in the studio so set up can be easily replicated. It also means, for touring bands, that mic positions can be marked off on drums etc., and set-up becomes a breeze. This is very far from being just a gimmick as cardioid pattern microphones always produce their most accurate response when aimed directly at the sound source. This is especially true when using a spaced stereo pair as the laser makes it possible to aim both microphones at exactly the same point. Not only does the laser make precise alignment easy, it also helps achieve consistency when re-establishing the microphone position after de-rigging. Repeatable mic positioning has never been easier.

Ground Up Microphone Research, Design and Development

Not content to simply put their own take on an existing concept, when it came to designing the Aston Starlight, Aston Microphones literally started from scratch, analysing every aspect of microphone creation.

On the journey to creating the perfect microphone, Aston Microphones conducted double blind listening tests with a panel of over 50 top producers who ended up hand-picking the 20mm cardioid capsule used in the Aston Starlight pencil microphone.

Aston Starlight – Made in Britain

One unique feature you will notice straight away is the addition of a Class 2 laser to the Aston Starlight SDC.

Using the laser, you can easily recall microphone positions in the studio so your set up can easily be replicated later on.

Also, you’ll find you have a great amount of accuracy thanks to the laser and microphone positions can be marked on drums etc., allowing you to save an incredible amount of time – perfect for setting up at gigs.

Part of the Aston Microphones signature is the beautifully engineered looks – designed to be no-frills for pure performance, Aston Microphones have great beauty in their simplicity.

Using a 1.5mm solid stainless steel chassis that has been tumbled for up to 4 hours to achieve its fantastic finish, the Aston Starlight is rugged and nigh on indestructible.

Sintered Metal Head

Seldom seen in the world of microphones, the team at Aston microphones have pushed this technology to produce some great results.

Aston tested a huge range of sintered head thicknesses and sizes of the tiny metal spheres to find the exact right combination for the best possible sound.

The Aston Starlight microphone happens to be the first ever microphone that uses a sintered head to tune the acoustic space around the capsule.

Despite the head being virtually indestructible and having an extremely solid appearance, it is actually acoustically porous.

Within the Starlight microphone there is an open metal frame which holds the capsule and mounts it to the chassis, while the sintered head surrounds the enclosure.

Since the porosity of the head has been so meticulously controlled, it achieves near perfect acoustic response from the capsule in every single Aston Starlight microphone.

Furthermore, the sintered head design provides an almost perfectly linear off-axis response with virtually no high-frequency roll off when you move away from the on-axis plane.

When it comes to other microphones, the sound becomes coloured as the frequency response changes from being moved off axis so that you’re not getting the true sound you’re looking for whereas with the Aston Starlight, you get exactly the sound being heard in the room across the entire pick-up pattern of the microphone.

Incredible Circuitry with 3 Modes

Aston’s Starlight microphone utilises three different circuit paths, effectively making it three microphones in one! For the perfect tone response, you can choose between Vintage, Modern and Hybrid settings so you’re set to record anything from guitar cabs, drums, vocals or strings.

Whatever the application, you will find the Aston Starlight delivers incredible performance above and beyond what you expect from microphones at this microphone’s modest price.

A fine-tuned and discrete mic amp circuit combined with high-spec components ensures an extremely sensitive yet low noise design that gives you huge amounts of headroom.

This means that the Aston Starlight microphone can handle anything from extremely quiet to very loud sound sources, all without compromising performance.

Also, thanks to the Starlight’s high output level, your microphone preamps can operate with lower gain for optimal distortion performance.

Altering the response of the capsule without adding any unwanted noise to the circuit, the Starlight’s voicing control utilises inductive active filters at the front-end of the microphone, meaning that voice switching is practically the equivalent of changing the capsule, giving you completely different tonal characteristics.

 

  • Transducer Type: Capacitor
  • Acoustic Operating Principle: Pressure Gradient
  • Directional Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz (+/- 10dB)
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 15dB A-Weighted
  • Sensitivity at 1kHz into 1kohm: 42.1mV/Pa
  • Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%: 130dB/ 140dB/ 150dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (rel. 94dB SPL): 79dB A-Weighted
  • Pad Switch: -20dB/-10dB/0dB
  • Low-Cut Filters: 80Hz, 140Hz

48 Volt Phantom power (+/- 4 Volts) is required for operation

 

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