Aston Starlight – the world’s first ever laser targeting microphone, features a 20mm cardioid capsule and delivers brilliant, pure sound with three distinct voices to choose from.
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Laser Guided Microphone – The Aston Starlight
With an understanding that a microphone is not just the sum of its parts, but an instrument in itself, Aston Microphones set about designing a condenser microphone like nobody had ever done so before.
Working with top audio professionals and combining an incredible work ethic with meticulous attention to detail and perfection, Aston microphones perform far above and beyond what is expected from microphones in their class.
Nominated for and winning several awards, Aston Microphones are truly something else.
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.
Since their arrival, Aston Microphones have been getting some incredible reviews. Here's what some very satisfied customers have had to say about the Aston Starlight in a Sound on Sound Magazine article recently:
“A realistically priced, stylish and sonically capable microphone that can turn its hand to just about anything.”“It seems that the Starlight can turn its hand to just about anything. It works admirably on acoustic guitar, it doubles up as a vocal mic if you need it to and on drums it packs a weighty punch as well as retaining the transient detail.”
“In all the Starlight is a versatile and well-voiced microphone at a lower than expected price that I’m sure will see a lot of action in both professional and home studios.”
Aston Starlight Cardioid Capacitor Microphone Key Features:
- Hand-Picked 20mm Capsule by Panel of Over 50 World Class Producers
- Three Independent Circuit Paths for Varied Application
- Pure Sound with No False EQ
- Perfectly Linear Off-Axis Response
- Designed, Developed and Made in Britain
Aston Starlight Cardioid Capacitor Microphone Specs:
- 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
|Warranty||2 years (option of extension to 3)|
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