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Aston Spirit Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

High-performance, switchable pattern condenser microphone utilizing a 1-inch gold evaporated capsule

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  • Product Description

    Wow. This microphone sounds as good as microphones costing many times its price. We at Vintage King are simply amazed! The Aston Spirit has a switch on the mic body selects from Omni, Cardioid or Figure-of-Eight polar patterns and is versatile enough to use with most instruments and excels on acoustic guitar and vocals. Its hand-selected capsule is teamed with high-end transformer balanced circuitry using only the best components such as WIMA capacitors, the same devices you’ll find in boutique microphones costing far more than the Spirit.

    The Spirit is designed to deliver a beautifully open sound with sparkling harmonics. This highly accurate microphone gives a stunningly natural and transparent recording, capturing all the detail in the high range but without adding the harshness that some condenser microphones seem to. This microphone must be heard to be believed!

    Wave-form mesh head

    The Spirit has Aston's signature wave-form mesh head. This unique design not only looks great, but delivers an unprecedented degree of protection for the heart of your microphone, the capsule. The shock resistant wave-form design allows the head of the mic to distort if given a heavy knock, and then return to its normal position, without any damage at all. It also offers a degree of off-axis rejection, helping to eliminate unwanted artifacts from your recordings.

    Built-in Pop filter

    Aston’s vocal condenser microphones have an exclusive mesh-knit pop filter built into the wave-form head. The random weave allows sound to pass while virtually eliminating unwanted plosives at source. It also shields against multiple wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation making our microphones ideal in critically sensitive electronic applications. This completely encapsulating, single piece, mesh cage is formed in stainless steel, so won’t rust with use, and can even be removed and washed.

    End Caps

    Yet another unique design element of the Aston Origin is the use of custom molded end caps with integrated XLR and stand adapter. No other mic has this. Because the internal shock absorption system is so good, you can mount the microphone directly to a stand via this built in, and interchangeable thread adapter. The design also makes Aston microphones extremely easy to repair and maintain.

    Chassis

    Part of the beauty of Aston microphones is the custom finish of each chassis. There are no mass-produced paint job finishes here. Instead, each chassis is individually tumbled for up to 4 hours to give it a very hard-wearing, and extremely beautiful, finish. To perfect the look, each microphone is separately engraved with its legends, and Aston's brand mantra, ‘The art of performance’.

    PCB

    • Superbly balanced mix of discrete and integrated electronic circuitry.
    • Armonised circuit stage arrangement for easy integration from phantom power input circuitry to capsule voltage bias.
    • A novel non-linear voltage/current source rectification to provide controlled amplification and smooth, clear audio.

    Eco-friendly packaging

    Aston have put their hearts and minds into creating the most beautiful performance pieces possible with each product they make. When it comes to packaging, they believe simplicity is king. Protective, re-useable, environmentally sensible packaging that doesn’t cost the earth.

    Specifications

    • Transducer Type: Condenser
    • Acoustic Operating Principle: Pressure Gradient
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz (+/-3dB)
    • Equivalent Noise Level: 14dB A-Weighted
    • Sensitivity at 1kHz into 1kohm: 23.7mV/Pa
    • Sensitivity at 1kHz into 1kohm: 23.7mV/Pa
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (rel. 94dB SPL): 80dB A-Weighted
    • Polar pattern: Omni/Cardioid/Figure-of-Eight
    • Pad Switches: -20dB/-10dB/0dB
    • Low-Cut Filter: 80Hz
    • 48 Volt Phantom power (+/- 4 Volts) is required for operation

     

    Aston Microphones are made in the UK.

  • Additional Information

    Condition New
    Transducer Type Condenser
    Polar Pattern Cardioid, Omni-Directional, Variable-Pattern
    Number of Microphones Single Microphone
    Phantom Required Yes
    Frequency Range 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ±3dB
    input_pad -10 dB; -20 dB
    Filters 80 Hz
    Sensitivity -32.5 dBV/Pa (23.7 mV)
    Max. SPL 138 dB
  • Reviews

    Customer Reviews

    Love these Mics ! by Bobby
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    I've used both miss ( the Spirit and the Origin ) on vocal and tracking electric guitar ~ think of them as a warm U87 and 421 together .
    A " Can't Go Wrong " Go to Mic !

    Beautiful sound, many caveats by Matthew
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    When I bought my Aston Spirit, the company was giving away Rycote shockmounts for every purchase. They are no longer doing that. If you do not have a shockmount that can hold this microphone, it will be very hard to position correctly - even with a 3rd party stand clutch. Mine arrived with no damage, but the inner windscreen was made of two pieces - two rings each of which were half as tall as the grille - so this was a disappointment, because this makes it harder to disassemble the grille without touching the capsule.

    The good: This microphone has very good off-axis rejection, but on-axis (as wide as it is) tends to be consistent. I used this on a singer-guitarist who likes to sway when she sings. Set to cardioid and aimed slightly upwards, it picked up very little guitar and responded to her swaying as if she was standing still. This is the part that hooked me.

    It sounds quite nice. Pardon the emotives but it is very smooth. Not at all the hyped HF shelf you would expect from a cheap mic like this. I think the well-behaved off-axis rejection contributes to the "smoothness".

    I know the ad copy says you can use this without a pop filter, but that depend on proximity. I was indeed able to record without a pop filter when the singer was a foot out. The closer you get, even with the inner mesh in place, you will need a pop filter at some point.

    The figure-of-8 pattern has a VERY prominent proximity effect on the back end of the mic, and not so much on the front. When up close, the difference is very apparent. This won't matter so much in a situation where it is far from the source, but if you use this for BGV with a singer on each side you will definitely hear the dark/light dichotomy.

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