Aston Microphones Spirit Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

Aston Microphones Spirit Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

Aston Microphones Spirit Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • Omni, Cardioid, & Figure-8 Patterns
  • 1" Gold-Evaporated Capsule
  • Built-In Pop Filter
  • Transformer-Balanced Circuitry
  • Excels on Acoustic Guitar & Vocals
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Aston Microphones Spirit overview

  • 1Description

The Aston Spirit is a multi-pattern condenser microphone utilizing a 1" gold-evaporated capsule. A switch on the mic body selects between omni, cardioid, or figure-8 polar patterns. It 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.

The Spirit is designed to deliver an open sound with sparkling harmonics. This accurate microphone provides natural and transparent recording, capturing detail in the high range, but without adding the harshness that some condenser microphones tend to.

The mic has a mesh-knit pop filter built into the wave-form head. The weave allows sound to pass while reducing unwanted plosives. This single-piece mesh cage is formed in stainless steel, so it won't rust with use and can even be removed and washed.

  • Custom-molded end caps with integrated XLR and stand adapter
  • Harmonized circuit-stage arrangement for easy integration from phantom-power input circuitry to capsule voltage bias
  • Non-linear voltage/current-source rectification to provide controlled amplification and smooth/clear audio

 

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Aston Microphones Spirit Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    Aston Microphones Spirit specs

    Analog Performance
    Sound Field Mono
    Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
    Transducer Condenser
    Diaphragm 1" / 25.40 mm
    Tube No
    Polar Pattern Cardioid, Figure-8, Omnidirectional
    Pattern Selection Switched
    Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Signal to Noise Ratio 80 dB A-Weighted
    Equivalent Noise Level 14 dB A-Weighted
    Maximum SPL 138 dB SPL
    Pad -10 dB
    -20 dB
    THD 0.5%
    Sensitivity 23.7 mV/Pa at 1 kHz into 1 kOhms
    Low-Cut Filter @ 80 Hz
    General
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Operating Voltage 48 V ± 4 V
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.4 x 4.7 x 3.6"

    Aston Microphones Spirit reviews

    Spirit Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Amazing sound! Wow! Just wow! I bought my Aston Spirit, reaching out from AKG, Blue, and Neumann, to a new mic brand after such outpouring love in reviews of the Aston Origin. I needed a multi-pattern mic that was versatile. The box seems inexpensive and it did require a separate shockmount. (It has one built-in but it mounts the mic directly to the stand. Not terrible but not versatile.) The Spirit was amazing for male and female vocals of alternative, pop, classical, and operatic vocals. I tracked my acoustic guitar and it was astounding, as well as for my violin and cello. I would say this could stand up to most upper echelon mics in versatility and clarity. Even as a room mic the Spirit sounded stellar! It was perfect for small room recording, large space studio, ambient sound recording, and close-up instrumental recording. I love using the Spirit. It is truly a favorite of mine as microphones go.
    Date published: 2016-03-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Built like a tank! I've been using a pair of Aston Spirits for the past year and totally enjoyed everything I've recorded with them, from concerts to singer-songwriter duets and even field recordings (long story!). First off, huge kudos to Aston on the build quality- as the title says, these are built like a tank. Well, maybe not like SM57-hammer-a-nail-into-a-plank level, but for a condenser mic, these are the sort of mic that doesn't mind being carried from gig to gig or the occasional rough treatment by "helpers". In a way they kind of remind me of power tools from the mid 20th century- the sort of thing that looks and feels like it's probably going to outlive you. Well, at least from the outside anyway. On that note, Aston seems to have very good QC too- despite not being factory matched (and actually more than 1,000 serials apart!), the two mics fit very well together and, if not for the serial numbers on the mics and their boxes, would be all but interchangeable. However, the real important part of course of any mic is the sound quality, and that is definitely an area where the Spirit definitely weighs in quite highly. I must be clear- the Spirit is a bit on the brighter side of the spectrum; obviously it's nowhere near the level typical of SDC's, but it's quite clearly not a U47 if that's the kind of sound you want. However, I can happily report that the mic completely lacks that 'cheap highs' sound that you get with budget LDC's; the highs are very smooth and as other reviewers have pointed out, the mic really takes to EQ'ing quite readily, so you can really reshape the sound without fear. Overall I would suggest the general frequency response of the mic lends itself most immediately to female and tenor vocals and voice-overs, acoustic guitars, woodwinds, percussion, and as a general all-purpose recording mic. I find they excel as a 'mid' spaced pair when recording samples or ensembles, and also work very well in blumlein configuration as one might expect. Some particularly bright instruments (e.g. some saxophones) might benefit from a darker sound than the Spirit provides raw. I hope one day Aston might consider a revised Spirit with the same 'vintage-semi-modern' voicing switch they did on the Starlight SDC's, as that would really turn the Aston from a quality multi-tool into the mother of all studio Swiss Army knifes. Although the built-in mic stand mount is a great idea, after a few months I bought their (now discontinued) Rycote shockmounts, which were good enough I even used it on a boom once (another long story)! I would recommend getting their latest shockmount system, but I haven't tried them yet. Overall, if the sound of the Spirits matches your voice/needs well, then I sincerely don't think I could recommend another mic in or below this price range before it. I don't think I will be letting these two go any time soon!
    Date published: 2018-07-20
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