Aston

Origin

The Aston Origin is a high-performance cardioid condenser microphone utilising a one inch (1″) gold evaporated capsule. 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-less circuitry using only the best components.

The Origin is designed to deliver direct, smooth and intimate sound… for a natural and transparent recording.

“Blind testing with the artist against an AKG C12 VR showed a clear preference for the Origin”

Mike Hillier

MTM – 10/10 Award

“Whether you compare the Origin to mics which cost £1000, £2000 or even £10,000 it STILL holds up”

James Ivey

Pro Tools Expert

“The Origin sounds insanely good”

Nick Mavridis

Bonedo 5 Star Award

“Smooth yet well focused…depth, warmth and detail in equal measure.”

Paul White

SOS

“… unmistakable quality that feels like you can hear into the recorded track.”

Audio Technology

Australia

“Origin, by a large margin, exceeds the expectations in this price range.”

Studio Magazine

Sweden

“The performance of Origin far exceeds what you might expect for the price”

Resolution

UK

“The Origin delivers a natural and detailed sound across a wide of sources at a price that is hard to ignore.”

Future Music

Platinum Award 10/10

“Clever, innovative and durable …the Origin represents impressive value… it’s quite likely to outperform most of its direct competitors”

Tape Op

USA

“An all-British-made microphone, unique design features, a broad tonal palette, all for $249… I’d say that’s a home run!”

Recording Magazine

USA

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Wave-form mesh head

The Aston Origin has our 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 artefacts 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.
2 - Popfilter
3 - End Caps

End Caps

Yet another unique design element of the Aston Origin, is the use of custom moulded end caps with integrated XLR and stand adaptor. 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 our 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 our brand mantra… ‘The art of performance’
chassi

PCB

  • Superbly balanced mix of discrete and integrated electronic circuitry.
  • Harmonized 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

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

Origin Specs

  • Transducer Type: Condenser
  • Acoustic Operating Principle: Pressure Gradient
  • Directional Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz (+/-3dB)
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 18dB A-Weighted
  • Sensitivity at 1kHz into 1kohm: 23.7mV/Pa
  • Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%: 127dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (rel. 94dB SPL): 76dB A-Weighted
  • Pad Switch: -10dB
  • Low-Cut Filter: 80Hz

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

B&W-Aston-Origin-Polar-Patterns-20dB

Origin

futuremusiclogo
FutureMusic_2

“This a quality all-rounder of a mic and competitively priced to boot.”

“The Origin possesses a sensitivity that easily renders the detail of harmonically rich instruments”

“The Origin delivers a natural and detailed sound across a wide of sources at a price that is hard to ignore.”

Robbie Stamp

Future Music

FutureMusic_2
music-tech
10-10

“Blind testing with the artist against an AKG C12 VR showed a clear preference for the Origin”

“The Aston Origin is a serious contender in the already busy space of inexpensive large-diaphragm condenser microphones. However, it held its own against mics 10-20 times its price.”

“The Origin had a stunning clear quality, with plenty of depth and a smooth, natural high-end.”

Mike Hillier

Music Tech

10-10
bonedo_logo
bonedo

“The Origin sounds insanely good.”

“Truly attention-grabbing microphones”

“Aston has managed to raise the bar of sound performance even further upwards…Thoroughly recommended!”

Nick Mavridis

Bonedo

bonedo
pro-tools-logo
pro-tools-logo

“Whether you compare the Origin to mics which cost £1000, £2000 or even £10,000 it STILL holds up”

“A beautifully made, beautiful looking piece of kit”

James Ivey

Pro Tools Expert

pro-tools-logo
audiofanzine_logo
audzine_award

“Origin is a product of original design, quality and flawless workmanship… a serious contender to the U87”

“Whatever preamp used this mic is formidable on vocals”

“I want to emphasize the “eco-friendly” aspect of the packaging, since it comes from 80% recycled materials and is totally biodegradable”

François-Maxime Boutault AKA ‘Bootz’

Audio Fanzine

audzine_award
sos-logo

“smooth yet well focused…depth, warmth and detail in equal measure.”

Paul White

Sound on Sound

resolution-logo

“Male and Female vocals working 5-15cm from the mic yielded terrific results”

“The performance of Origin far exceeds what you might expect for the price”

Jon Thornton

Resolution

askaudio-logo

“I was truly surprised by how good the Origin sounds, especially when compared to more expensive microphones”

“…the Origin sounds much better than its low price might imply”

“…a full, rich sound, and the top end was wonderfully breathy.”

Matthew Loel T Hepworth

Ask Audio

audiotechnology

“unmistakable quality that feels like you can hear into the recorded track.”

“Expectations were high, and the Aston Origin proved it’s got the goods… Get your hands on one – you won’t be sorry”

“…the way it handled acoustic guitar was like a match made in heaven…. rich, polished and delicate all at the same time. Hearing the guitar tracks sound so ‘finished’ without even a touch of EQ was just stunning.”

John Preshan

Audio Technology

economic-voice-logo

“Most Impressive”

“Just when you though your mic locker was complete and you had every corner covered along came Aston.”

“It is not often that the buzz surrounding a new company exceeds the hype but that is very much the scenario here”

Richard Henley-Davis

Economic Voice

estrada_logo

“Everything (on Origin) is made to standards applicable to top-class microphones”

Tomasz Wroblewski

Estrada

rec-logo

“Origin is a very smooth mic with no harshness or bite.”

“It captures the space with and around the source in a very natural way.”

Paul Vnuk Jnr.

Recording Magazine

studio-logo

“The Aston Origin is a stylish mic that sounds more expensive than it is”

“Origin, by a large margin, exceeds the expectations in this price range.”

“We cannot recommend this product highly enough, and success to Aston… welcome to the game!”

Nils Erikson

Studio Magazine

tape-op

“Clever, innovative and durable”

“…the Origin held its own impressively on almost everything we tried… the fact that we could keep a straight face when auditioning a $250 condenser mic against time-tested industry standards costing 5-15 times as much suggests that Aston just might be onto something here. (Neumann U 87 Ai, U 47 FET, and AKG C 414B-ULS)”

“With its damned-solid performance and its three-year replacement warranty, the Origin represents impressive value… it’s quite likely to outperform most of its direct competitors”

Brad Allen Williams

Tape Op

Aston Microphones Owner’s handbook

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Download (PDF, 1.32MB)

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+ Features
feature 1

Wave-form mesh head

The Aston Origin has our 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 artefacts 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.
2 - Popfilter
3 - End Caps

End Caps

Yet another unique design element of the Aston Origin, is the use of custom moulded end caps with integrated XLR and stand adaptor. 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 our 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 our brand mantra… ‘The art of performance’
chassi

PCB

  • Superbly balanced mix of discrete and integrated electronic circuitry.
  • Harmonized 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

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

Origin Specs

  • Transducer Type: Condenser
  • Acoustic Operating Principle: Pressure Gradient
  • Directional Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz (+/-3dB)
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 18dB A-Weighted
  • Sensitivity at 1kHz into 1kohm: 23.7mV/Pa
  • Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%: 127dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (rel. 94dB SPL): 76dB A-Weighted
  • Pad Switch: -10dB
  • Low-Cut Filter: 80Hz

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

B&W-Aston-Origin-Polar-Patterns-20dB
+ Photo Gallery

Origin

+ Reviews
futuremusiclogo
FutureMusic_2

“This a quality all-rounder of a mic and competitively priced to boot.”

“The Origin possesses a sensitivity that easily renders the detail of harmonically rich instruments”

“The Origin delivers a natural and detailed sound across a wide of sources at a price that is hard to ignore.”

Robbie Stamp

Future Music

FutureMusic_2
music-tech
10-10

“Blind testing with the artist against an AKG C12 VR showed a clear preference for the Origin”

“The Aston Origin is a serious contender in the already busy space of inexpensive large-diaphragm condenser microphones. However, it held its own against mics 10-20 times its price.”

“The Origin had a stunning clear quality, with plenty of depth and a smooth, natural high-end.”

Mike Hillier

Music Tech

10-10
bonedo_logo
bonedo

“The Origin sounds insanely good.”

“Truly attention-grabbing microphones”

“Aston has managed to raise the bar of sound performance even further upwards…Thoroughly recommended!”

Nick Mavridis

Bonedo

bonedo
pro-tools-logo
pro-tools-logo

“Whether you compare the Origin to mics which cost £1000, £2000 or even £10,000 it STILL holds up”

“A beautifully made, beautiful looking piece of kit”

James Ivey

Pro Tools Expert

pro-tools-logo
audiofanzine_logo
audzine_award

“Origin is a product of original design, quality and flawless workmanship… a serious contender to the U87”

“Whatever preamp used this mic is formidable on vocals”

“I want to emphasize the “eco-friendly” aspect of the packaging, since it comes from 80% recycled materials and is totally biodegradable”

François-Maxime Boutault AKA ‘Bootz’

Audio Fanzine

audzine_award
sos-logo

“smooth yet well focused…depth, warmth and detail in equal measure.”

Paul White

Sound on Sound

resolution-logo

“Male and Female vocals working 5-15cm from the mic yielded terrific results”

“The performance of Origin far exceeds what you might expect for the price”

Jon Thornton

Resolution

askaudio-logo

“I was truly surprised by how good the Origin sounds, especially when compared to more expensive microphones”

“…the Origin sounds much better than its low price might imply”

“…a full, rich sound, and the top end was wonderfully breathy.”

Matthew Loel T Hepworth

Ask Audio

audiotechnology

“unmistakable quality that feels like you can hear into the recorded track.”

“Expectations were high, and the Aston Origin proved it’s got the goods… Get your hands on one – you won’t be sorry”

“…the way it handled acoustic guitar was like a match made in heaven…. rich, polished and delicate all at the same time. Hearing the guitar tracks sound so ‘finished’ without even a touch of EQ was just stunning.”

John Preshan

Audio Technology

economic-voice-logo

“Most Impressive”

“Just when you though your mic locker was complete and you had every corner covered along came Aston.”

“It is not often that the buzz surrounding a new company exceeds the hype but that is very much the scenario here”

Richard Henley-Davis

Economic Voice

estrada_logo

“Everything (on Origin) is made to standards applicable to top-class microphones”

Tomasz Wroblewski

Estrada

rec-logo

“Origin is a very smooth mic with no harshness or bite.”

“It captures the space with and around the source in a very natural way.”

Paul Vnuk Jnr.

Recording Magazine

studio-logo

“The Aston Origin is a stylish mic that sounds more expensive than it is”

“Origin, by a large margin, exceeds the expectations in this price range.”

“We cannot recommend this product highly enough, and success to Aston… welcome to the game!”

Nils Erikson

Studio Magazine

tape-op

“Clever, innovative and durable”

“…the Origin held its own impressively on almost everything we tried… the fact that we could keep a straight face when auditioning a $250 condenser mic against time-tested industry standards costing 5-15 times as much suggests that Aston just might be onto something here. (Neumann U 87 Ai, U 47 FET, and AKG C 414B-ULS)”

“With its damned-solid performance and its three-year replacement warranty, the Origin represents impressive value… it’s quite likely to outperform most of its direct competitors”

Brad Allen Williams

Tape Op

+ Downloads

Aston Microphones Owner’s handbook

Looking for help setting up your microphone?

Download (PDF, 1.32MB)

close
Vous recherchez la mise en place de l’aide de votre micro?

Download (PDF, 1.56MB)

close
Looking for help setting up your microphone?

Download (PDF, 1.56MB)

close