Aston

Starlight

The Aston Starlight is the first ever laser targeting pencil microphone, allowing for recall of mic position in studio use, and incredibly quick and easy set up in live applications. This truly astonishing microphone also showcases Aston’s unique variable voice switching for sound contouring, a nearly indestructible build quality, our signature sintered head, and Aston’s, now famous, tumbled 100% stainless steel chassis.

The Starlight features a 20mm cardioid capsule hand-picked by a panel of more than 50 top producers in double blind listening tests conducted during 2016.

“Sounds good on just about anything.”

UK / US

Sound On Sound

“The Starlights performed flawlessly with every source I threw at them”

UK / US

Ask Audio

“I not only appreciated the aiming ability of the laser, but more so the laser-like focus of the sound.”

US

Recording Magazine

“Starlight pinpoints your sound with laser accuracy and three different voicings.”

AUS

Audio Technology

“This is what I’ve been looking for, for YEARS!”

Geoff Dugmore

Drummer (Tina Turner, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen)

“Holy s***, this is genius!”

Aaron Harris

Dummer (Isis, Palms, Puscifer)

“OH MY GOD!! Those Microphones look absolutely Amazing!!!”

Troy Antunes

(Justin Timberlake, Back Street Boys)

“…definitely preferable even to the KM 184”

UK

MusicTech Magazine

“Aston are taking the mic world by storm and the Starlight is sure to continue this trend.”

UK

MusicTech Magazine

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Laser

The addition of a Class 2 laser to our Starlight SDC, with on/off switch, allows the user to recall mic positions in the studio so set up can be easily replicated. It also means, for touring bands, that mic positions can be marked off on drums etc, and set-up becomes a breeze. It’s a world’s first and a big leap in helping to get a consistent sound whatever the situation.

Sintered Metal Head

Sintering is not new to the mic world, though seldom used… but we’ve taken the technology a step or 2 further than ever before. We tested many thicknesses of sintered head, as well as the average size of the sinter spheres, and combined that with nickel plate which is controlled to only a few nanometres thickness to achieve near perfect acoustic porosity. In addition the head is virtually indestructible, so like all Aston mics, it can take any amount of studio or even live use and will never let you down.
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Voice Switching

Yet another remarkable step-up in technology, performance and cool features! The Starlight has 3 modes of operation, courtesy of some very fancy front-end filtering between the capsule and PCB. You can chose between Vintage, Modern and Hybrid settings to get the perfect tone response for your application… guitar cab, drums, strings, even vocals… whatever the application you’ll get a perfect fit for your music, and each setting has been carefully tuned to give superb top-flight performance, way beyond Starlight’s price point.

Chassis

Now deeply rooted as part of Aston’s beautiful engineered looks, and rugged un-killable performance, Starlight utilises a 1.5mm solid stainless steel chassis, tumbled for up to 4 hours to achieve our signature finish. Beauty, and a beast!
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Discrete Mic Amp Circuit (PCB)

Starlight employs an extremely fine-tuned discrete mic amp circuit with high-spec components, to achieve an extremely sensitive, low noise design with loads of headroom. This allows the Starlight to handle quiet or very loud sources without compromising noise or tonal performance. Crucially, the higher output level of the Starlight’s output stage allows microphone preamps to operate with lower gain, where their distortion performance is at its best. The final result is a beautifully clean and detailed sound. The Starlight’s voicing control employs inductive active filters at the front-end of the microphone circuit to alter the response of the capsule without adding any noise to the circuit. The benefit of this means that the voicing switch is effectively the equivalent of changing the capsule to achieve different tonal characteristics and frequency response.

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.

*Class 2 Laser Product – Do not stare into beam – Do not aim at aircraft

Startlight 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

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music-tech
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“…definitely preferable even to the KM 184”

“Aston are taking the mic world by storm and the Starlight is sure to continue this trend.”

“Every studio needs a pair of small-diaphragm condensers, and by offering three voicings in the Starlight, Aston is making a solid case to be the first mic you reach for when you do.”

“…a small-diaphragm condenser with more than a few tricks up its sleeve”

MusicTech Magazine

spirit_mt_9_10
rec-logo

“I not only appreciated the aiming ability of the laser, but more so the laser-like focus of the sound.”

“Starlight has great off-axis rejection and a tight proximity effect. The mic really can focus the sound right on the spot!”

“…a very balanced and focused drum overhead sound that blended nice and tight with the spot mics on the toms, kick, and snare.”

Recording Magazine

sos-logo

“Sounds good on just about anything.”

“Low noise and ultra-low distortion were made design priorities.”

“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.”

Sound On Sound

askaudio-logo

“The Starlight has many unique technological ‘firsts’ including the sintered head-to-capsule tuning and the laser.”

“With such pleasing sonic results, I had to remind myself that these mics only sound expensive.”

“…the Starlight won’t lose top end when it isn’t perfectly on-axis, and that’s thanks to Aston tuning of the head to the capsule within.”

Ask Audio

audiotechnology

“Starlight pinpoints your sound with laser accuracy and three different voicings.”

“The option to change the mic’s voicing is a really useful feature — it’s like getting three mics in one.”

“Similar to the Origin, tracks recorded with Starlight don’t seem to require a heap of treatment… if there’s ever a mark of a good microphone, that would be it.”

Audio Technology

Aston Microphones Owner’s handbook

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+ Features
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Laser

The addition of a Class 2 laser to our Starlight SDC, with on/off switch, allows the user to recall mic positions in the studio so set up can be easily replicated. It also means, for touring bands, that mic positions can be marked off on drums etc, and set-up becomes a breeze. It’s a world’s first and a big leap in helping to get a consistent sound whatever the situation.

Sintered Metal Head

Sintering is not new to the mic world, though seldom used… but we’ve taken the technology a step or 2 further than ever before. We tested many thicknesses of sintered head, as well as the average size of the sinter spheres, and combined that with nickel plate which is controlled to only a few nanometres thickness to achieve near perfect acoustic porosity. In addition the head is virtually indestructible, so like all Aston mics, it can take any amount of studio or even live use and will never let you down.
feature01
feature03

Voice Switching

Yet another remarkable step-up in technology, performance and cool features! The Starlight has 3 modes of operation, courtesy of some very fancy front-end filtering between the capsule and PCB. You can chose between Vintage, Modern and Hybrid settings to get the perfect tone response for your application… guitar cab, drums, strings, even vocals… whatever the application you’ll get a perfect fit for your music, and each setting has been carefully tuned to give superb top-flight performance, way beyond Starlight’s price point.

Chassis

Now deeply rooted as part of Aston’s beautiful engineered looks, and rugged un-killable performance, Starlight utilises a 1.5mm solid stainless steel chassis, tumbled for up to 4 hours to achieve our signature finish. Beauty, and a beast!
feature04

Discrete Mic Amp Circuit (PCB)

Starlight employs an extremely fine-tuned discrete mic amp circuit with high-spec components, to achieve an extremely sensitive, low noise design with loads of headroom. This allows the Starlight to handle quiet or very loud sources without compromising noise or tonal performance. Crucially, the higher output level of the Starlight’s output stage allows microphone preamps to operate with lower gain, where their distortion performance is at its best. The final result is a beautifully clean and detailed sound. The Starlight’s voicing control employs inductive active filters at the front-end of the microphone circuit to alter the response of the capsule without adding any noise to the circuit. The benefit of this means that the voicing switch is effectively the equivalent of changing the capsule to achieve different tonal characteristics and frequency response.

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.

*Class 2 Laser Product – Do not stare into beam – Do not aim at aircraft

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Startlight 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

WB_Aston_Starlight_Polar_Patterns_notit
+ Reviews
music-tech
spirit_mt_9_10

“…definitely preferable even to the KM 184”

“Aston are taking the mic world by storm and the Starlight is sure to continue this trend.”

“Every studio needs a pair of small-diaphragm condensers, and by offering three voicings in the Starlight, Aston is making a solid case to be the first mic you reach for when you do.”

“…a small-diaphragm condenser with more than a few tricks up its sleeve”

MusicTech Magazine

spirit_mt_9_10
rec-logo

“I not only appreciated the aiming ability of the laser, but more so the laser-like focus of the sound.”

“Starlight has great off-axis rejection and a tight proximity effect. The mic really can focus the sound right on the spot!”

“…a very balanced and focused drum overhead sound that blended nice and tight with the spot mics on the toms, kick, and snare.”

Recording Magazine

sos-logo

“Sounds good on just about anything.”

“Low noise and ultra-low distortion were made design priorities.”

“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.”

Sound On Sound

askaudio-logo

“The Starlight has many unique technological ‘firsts’ including the sintered head-to-capsule tuning and the laser.”

“With such pleasing sonic results, I had to remind myself that these mics only sound expensive.”

“…the Starlight won’t lose top end when it isn’t perfectly on-axis, and that’s thanks to Aston tuning of the head to the capsule within.”

Ask Audio

audiotechnology

“Starlight pinpoints your sound with laser accuracy and three different voicings.”

“The option to change the mic’s voicing is a really useful feature — it’s like getting three mics in one.”

“Similar to the Origin, tracks recorded with Starlight don’t seem to require a heap of treatment… if there’s ever a mark of a good microphone, that would be it.”

Audio Technology

+ Downloads

Aston Microphones Owner’s handbook

Looking for help setting up your microphone?

Download (PDF, 1.85MB)

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

Download (PDF, 3.55MB)

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Looking for help setting up your microphone?

Download (PDF, 3.55MB)

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