Special Thanks

to the Aston panel for their ongoing support in helping us to develop Aston Microphones. Without your help this brand might have been just another ordinary mic company, but with you… it’s going to be the very best!

  • Alan Branch
    Alan BranchU2, Jeff Beck, The Cure, Nine Inch Nails
    • Andrew Bourbon
      Andrew BourbonSenior Lecturer (London College of Music), Grupo Lokito, Emilie Capulet, The Waletones
      • Andy Barlow
        Andy BarlowLAMB, David Gray, The Ramona Flowers
        • Andy Bradfield
          Andy BradfieldDavid Bowie, Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, Rufus Wainwright, David Gray
          • Avril Mackintosh
            Avril MackintoshNew Radicals, Gregg Alexander, Ronan Keating, Bryan Adams, Susan Boyle
            • Chris Porter
              Chris PorterDavid Bowie, WHAM!, Take That, Lenny Henry
              • Chris Sheehan
                Chris SheehanChris Difford, Marty Pellow, Linda Thompson, Karousel Music
                • Dave Pemberton
                  Dave PembertonThe Prodigy, Groove Armada, Orbital, Goldfrapp
                  • Geoff Dugmore
                    Geoff DugmoreRobbie Williams, Tina Turner, Johnny Halliday
                    • Graham Pattison
                      Graham PattisonKula Shaker, Gomez, David Gray
                      • Jayce Lewis
                        Jayce LewisProtafield, Dave Prowse, Roger Taylor
                        • Jim Lowe
                          Jim LoweStereophonics, Taylor Swift, Herbie Hancock
                          • Joel Edwards
                            Joel EdwardsMelanie C, Chicane, Deepest Blue
                            • Joel Pott
                              Joel PottAthlete, George Ezra, London Grammar, James Bay
                              • Laurie Jenkins
                                Laurie JenkinsKasabian, The 1975, James Blunt, Robbie Williams
                                • Leo Abrahams
                                  Leo AbrahamsPaolo Nutini, Brian Eno, Christine Aguilera
                                  • Marco Migliari
                                    Marco MigliariThe Beautiful South, Crowded House, Stereophonics
                                    • Mike Sawitzke
                                      Mike SawitzkeEngineer, Guitarist
                                      • Nick Franglin
                                        Nick FranglinLemon Jelly, Pulp, Blur, Bjork, Primal Scream
                                        • Ofer Shabi
                                          Ofer ShabiSoho Sonic, Leona Lewis, Tinchy Stryder, Lisa Stansfield
                                          • Paul Beard
                                            Paul BeardBryan Ferry, Lily Allen, James Blunt
                                            • Paul Borg
                                              Paul BorgJames Brown, Busted, Sky Sports
                                              • Rich Aitken
                                                Rich AitkenNimrod Productions, Killzone 2, Gran Turismo
                                                • Roddy Hart
                                                  Roddy HartRoddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire, Gemma Hayes, Sunshine on Leith
                                                  • Roger Lyons
                                                    Roger LyonsKaiser Chiefs, New Order, The Bee Gees, The Chemical Brothers
                                                    • Sebastiaan Cornelissen
                                                      Sebastiaan CornelissenOn Impulse, Isotope, Tristan
                                                      • Steve Bentley-Klein
                                                        Steve Bentley-KleinPaolo Nutini, Deep Purple, Royal Shakespeare Company, Olivia Safe
                                                        • Steve Levine
                                                          Steve LevineThe Beach Boys, Culture Club, Gary Moore, Honeyz
                                                          • Steve Lewinson
                                                            Steve LewinsonSimply Red, Herbie Hancock, George Michael, Eurythmics
                                                            • Stuart Crichton
                                                              Stuart CrichtonKylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, Elton John, Dame Shirley Bassey
                                                              • Tony Platt
                                                                Tony PlattAC/DC, Iron Maiden, Gary Moore
                                                                • Troy D. Antunes
                                                                  Troy D. Antunes*NSync, Justin Timberlake, Backstreet Boys, Stooshe, Callahan
                                                                  • Yoad Nevo
                                                                    Yoad NevoSia, Goldfrapp, Pet Shop Boys, Bryan Adams

                                                                    The Aston Sound

                                                                    A microphone is not just the sum of its parts, chassis, capsule, electronics, a functional tool. It is a musical instrument, and the very heart of every recording you will ever make.

                                                                    So, when we set about developing a new microphone brand, it was critically important to us that our final ‘sound’ was something which would not only ‘do the job’, but which would also inspire the confidence of the artist, the producer or the engineer, to get the very best performances possible.

                                                                    So, right from the start of ‘project Aston’, we engaged with some of the top audio professionals in the industry to create a development panel to be our ears, while we focussed on perfecting every tiny detail in these crafted works of arts, to finally produce what we believe to be the very best products in their class.

                                                                    How Did We Do It?

                                                                    At each stage of product development we conducted double blind listening tests with various members of our test panel. Each capsule was chosen by a process of elimination from 100’s of designs, in listening tests designed to show differences between market leading mics in each price sector, and with both male and female vocals (various instruments were also tested).

                                                                    In the final test to choose the capsule and tuning used in each Aston microphone, the panel graded the recordings of 5 different mic capsules form 1-5, with 1 being the best, for both male and female vocal takes. In order to reduce variables, the capsules were each connected to an identical PCB and chassis, so that ONLY the difference in the capsule were being listened to. We did a similar process in reverse for the PCB, using identical capsules and variable PCB designs to refine the sound.

                                                                    The final panel vote for both the Aston ‘Origin’ cardioid condenser, and the Aston ‘Sprit’ multi-pattern condenser, was absolutely clear on the winners, and the result… Two Aston microphones which we believe are the best sounding microphones available on the market, not only at these price points, but well beyond them. Microphones designed by British engineers, the sound developed by the best ears in the business, and then made in the UK… a pretty cool combination.