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!

  • Adrian Hall
    Adrian HallDepeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Anna Calvi, All Saints, Simply Red
    • Alan Branch
      Alan BranchU2, Jeff Beck, The Cure, Nine Inch Nails
      • Alexander Archer
        Alexander ArcherJake Bugg, Vevo, Jack Garratt, V V Brown
        • 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
              • Andy Theakstone
                Andy TheakstoneProducer, Composer, Drummer
                • Avril Mackintosh
                  Avril MackintoshNew Radicals, Gregg Alexander, Ronan Keating, Bryan Adams, Susan Boyle
                  • Ben Stone
                    Ben StoneDrummer, Percussionist, Producer, Songwriter, Musical Director, Sir Tom Jones, Mike+The Mechanics, Helene Fischer, Leona Lewis
                    • Carl Bown
                      Carl BownTrivium, Machine Head, As I lay Dying, Carcass
                      • Chris Cracknell
                        Chris CracknellNick Franglen, Mark Fry, Super U, Boog, Barr
                        • Chris Porter
                          Chris PorterDavid Bowie, WHAM!, Take That, Lenny Henry
                          • Chris Sheehan
                            Chris SheehanChris Difford, Marty Pellow, Linda Thompson, Karousel Music
                            • Damien Quintard
                              Damien QuintardDot Legacy, Teodor Currentzis, 2015 European Olympic Opening Ceremony
                              • Dave Miles
                                Dave MilesPaloma Faith, The Voice UK
                                • 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
                                      • Guus Hoevenaars
                                        Guus HoevenaarsScissor Sisters, The Feeling, The Pierces, HVMNS
                                        • Guy Sigsworth
                                          Guy SigsworthSeal, Björk, Goldie, Madonna, Britney Spears
                                          • Ian Dowling
                                            Ian DowlingAdele, One Direction, Bombay Bicycle Club, KT Tunstall
                                            • Jayce Lewis
                                              Jayce LewisProtafield, Dave Prowse, Roger Taylor
                                              • Jez Ashurst
                                                Jez AshurstLittle Mix, Boyzone, Leona Lewis, X Factor, Will Young
                                                • 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
                                                      • John Cornfield
                                                        John CornfieldOasis, Stone Roses, Supergrass, Muse, Ride
                                                        • Jordan Berliant
                                                          Jordan BerliantLinkin Park, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Slash, Counting Crows, Stone Temple Pilots
                                                          • Katie London
                                                            Katie LondonSinger, Songwriter
                                                            • Kevin Davy
                                                              Kevin Davytrumpeter, composer, arranger
                                                              • Kevin Porée
                                                                Kevin PoréeNational Theatre, Dr Feelgood, Paul Young, Brian McFadden, Los Pacaminos
                                                                • 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 Gay
                                                                        Mike GayXander and the Peace Pirates, Robert Vincent, Painted Day
                                                                        • 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
                                                                              • Ollie Knight
                                                                                Ollie KnightChris Brown, Kanye West, Zalon Thompson
                                                                                • 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
                                                                                          • Romesh Dodandoga
                                                                                            Romesh DodandogaMotorhead, Bring Me The Horizon, Funeral For A Friend
                                                                                            • Russ Russell
                                                                                              Russ RussellNapalm Death, The Haunted, Dimmu Borgir, Wildhearts, Exploited
                                                                                              • Russell Long
                                                                                                Russell LongMandisa, Newboys, Wilco, Relient K.
                                                                                                • Sammy Merendino
                                                                                                  Sammy MerendinoCameo, Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots on Broadway
                                                                                                  • 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
                                                                                                                • X:144
                                                                                                                  X:144Ms. Lauryn Hill, Madden NFL, Qusai, Aesop Rock & BluePrint, Fredwreck
                                                                                                                  • Yoad Nevo
                                                                                                                    Yoad NevoSia, Goldfrapp, Pet Shop Boys, Bryan Adams
                                                                                                                    • Zach Charlton
                                                                                                                      Zach Charlton Alexandra Burke, Kevin Simm

                                                                                                                      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. With Origin and Spirit new tested with both male and female vocalists, percussion and acoustic guitars. With Starlight we extended the original panel of 33 to more than 50 top flight producers, artists and engineers, and used a variety of instrument sources, including drums, guitars and even vocals.

                                                                                                                      In the final tests 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.

                                                                                                                      Starlight presented a unique, and unforeseen, insight into the use of SDC’s (Small Diaphragm Condensers) – because the panel was absolutely split in terms of preferred sound. Half the group loved vintage sounding mics and hated more modern, bright sounding mics.. and the other half, the exact opposite. So.. we took the preferred choices from both groups and gave you both options on the mic… now, with its all analogue, active filtered front end, the Starlight is the first ever SDC mic to offer voicing options on board.

                                                                                                                      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.