ASTON MICROPHONES STEALTH ACTIVE DYNAMIC MICROPHONE
The Aston Stealth is a revolutionary, broadcast quality, microphone for studio and stage. With 4 switchable voices delivering unparalleled performance in almost any situation, a Class A built in mic preamp with autodetect 48V Phantom power (a world’s first!) and featuring a unique Sorbothane internal shock mount system and Aston’s legendary build quality, we reckon Stealth is the world’s most versatile microphone.
Stealth was developed in partnership with 92 top engineers, producers and artists (the Aston 33 development panel) who participated in a series of blind listening tests designed to create the best possible sound… the resulting four voice settings, Vocal 1, Vocal 2, Guitar and Dark, offer a range of world class sounds to suit almost every application.
Think of Stealth as four professional mics in one. Some inexpensive mics use flattering pre-EQ which may sound great in the music store but makes professional post-processing pretty much impossible. Each of Stealth’s four voices are discreet and pure signal paths giving world-class results.
The four voices are:
V1 (Vocal 1): This was voted top in blind testing for a range of male vocal takes, regardless of the pitch of the singer.
V2 (Vocal 2): This setting came top for a range of female vocal takes. As with V1 this was more to do with timbre than pitch (see below).
G (Guitar): At home on anything from Spanish guitar through to raucous guitar cabs!
D (Dark): A vintage sound, reminiscent of classic ribbon mics.
It’s important to note that V1 and V2 test panel preferences for male and female vocal takes respectively was little to do with the pitch of the singers and therefore can only be explained with reference to physical characteristics (vocal cords in particular) producing timbral differences. These results, while absolutely clear in double-blind tests, don’t mean that you should only check out one setting for your own voice… different settings should always be tried to find the best results.
Stealth works with or without 48V phantom power and is the world’s first microphone to feature an Autodetect function which senses 48V and switches to active mode, to utilise another of Stealth’s standout features, a built-in professional grade Mic Preamp (which dispenses with the need for an expensive external gain lifting device).
Phantom power is indicated by Aston’s purple LED floodlights, which can be switched off when Stealth is to be heard but not seen, for example in broadcast and video situations.
In another first, Stealth’s mass loaded capsule is completely isolated from the chassis via three hemispheres made from Sorbothane - a synthetic material used in computing and hifi and an acoustic shield and vibration dampener – offering unparalleled internal shock absorption.
The capsule and other vital components are pretty much floating in mid air!
Built for work
Like all Aston mics, Stealth is built to stand the rigours of professional life with a near indestructible chassis and capsule, and comprehensive isolation of the all-important inner-workings. The four voices are accessed by a flush-aligned rotary switch which cannot be snapped, bent or accidentally moved during performance or transit.
* The "Aston" sound. Developed by a panel of top engineers, producers and artists
* Four Voice Settings Four Different Voices. Four Mics in one
* Active and Passive modes with 48v Autodetection
* Built in Class A Mic Preamp
* Unique Sorbothane internal shockmount
* Exceptional Side rejection
* Excellent rejection of electro magnetic hum
* Custom Stand Mount
Laser-targeting Pencil Mic!
Aston Microphones' Starlight is groundbreaking. The first laser-targeting pencil mic we've seen, the Starlight lets you recall mic positioning with, well, laser accuracy. It's quick and easy to use too, with onboard optimization settings like Aston's proprietary sound-contouring variable-voice switching — making setup a breeze. The Starlight's build quality is outstanding, with discrete high-spec circuitry nested inside a rugged 100% stainless steel chassis and Aston's signature sintered head.
Voice Switching tailors tonal response to your application
The Aston Microphones Starlight offers three modes of operation. Vintage, Modern, and Hybrid settings on the mic barrel let you tailor the mic's tonal response to the application, be it drums, acoustic guitar, guitar cabs, strings, vocals — you name it. Small-diaphragm condenser mics are incredibly useful both in the studio and onstage — and doubly so if you own a pair of them, in which case a whole world of stereo miking techniques opens up to you. However you use it, Aston Microphones' Starlight will serve you well.
This English company is making waves with their UK-made mics that feature innovative designs, distinctive visuals, and very impressive sonics — particularly considering their modest price points. Aston products (which include condenser mics, shockmounts, and a unique reflection filter) are developed by preeminent technical engineers and are vetted by top producers, engineers, and artists.
Aston Microphones Starlight Features:
- Groundbreaking laser-targeting pencil mic
- Class 2 laser with on/off switch, for precise mic-positioning recall
- Discrete amp circuit with high-spec componentry
- 20mm capsule, cardioid polar pattern
- Sound-contouring variable-voice switching that makes setup a breeze
- Outstanding build quality
- 100% stainless tumbled-steel chassis
- Aston's signature sintered head
For more details please see the Aston website: http://www.astonmics.com/starlight/
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