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The Aston Sound

A microphone is not just 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.

Right from the start of ‘project Aston’, we worked with a group of top audio professionals, creating a unique sound 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 our test panel... we call them the Aston 33 after the original panel which was made up of 33 of the top producers, engineers, FOH guys and artists in the UK.

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 we tested with both male and female vocalists, percussion and acoustic guitars. With Starlight we extended the original panel of 33 to more than 70 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 variants from 1-5, with 1 being the best, for both male and female vocal takes, and acoustic guitars. 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 variants of our PCB designs to refine the sound.

 

The final panel vote for both the Aston ‘Origin’ cardioid condenser microphone, and the Aston ‘Spirit’ multi-pattern condenser mic, was absolutely clear on the winners… and the result… Mics which have consistently been described as some of the best sounding microphones you can buy, 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 Aston 33 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 multiple circuit path voicing options on board.

Aston 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.

Special Thanks

Thank you so much to the Aston 33 panel for their ongoing support in helping us to develop our products. Without your help this brand might have been just another ordinary mic company, but with you… it’s one of the very best!

Aaron Harris
Aaron Harris
Isis, Palms, Puscifer, Team Sleep, Pelican, Zozobra, Spotlights, Huey, Jakob, The Jezabels
Adrian Hall
Adrian Hall
The Black Eyed Peas, Robbie Williams, Alicia Keys, Shakira, Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Anna Calvi, All Saints, Simply Red
Adrian Quesada
Adrian Quesada
Prince, GZA (Wu Tang Clan) Grupo Fantasma, Echocentrics, Ocote Soul Sounds, Late Show with David Letterman
Alan Branch
Alan Branch
U2, Jeff Beck, The Cure, Nine Inch Nails
Alexander Archer
Alexander Archer
Kasabian, You Me At Six, The Cribs, Rag n Bone Man, Novelist, Jake Bugg, Dilettantes, Lake Como, Toothless, Rukhsana Merrise, Declan McKenna
Alyza Barro
Alyza Barro
Singer, Songwriter
Andrew Bourbon
Andrew Bourbon
Senior Lecturer (London College Of Music), Grupo Lokito, Emilie Capulet, The Waletones
Andrew Crutwell Jones
Andrew Crutwell Jones
Fox USA, 19 Entertainment, BBC Worldwide, Amy Studt, Sera, Tilly, Joseph Wasbourne (Toploader), The Composer Works, Decent Production Company, Warners, Deston Songs, Charlie Rapino, Peter Rafelson (Rafelson Media
Andy Barlow
Andy Barlow
LAMB, David Gray, The Ramona Flowers
Andy Bradfield
Andy Bradfield
Queen, Craig Armstrong, Sheridan Smith, The Answer, The Spice Girls, Elbow, David Gray, Manic Street Preachers and many more.
Andy Theakstone
Andy Theakstone
Producer, Composer, Drummer
Anthony Leung
Anthony Leung
Anne Marie, Clean Bandit, The Overtones, Marina and The Diamonds, Spiritualized,
Avril Mackintosh
Avril Mackintosh
New Radicals, Gregg Alexander, Ronan Keating, Bryan Adams, Susan Boyle
Ben Stone
Ben Stone
Drummer, Percussionist, Producer, Songwriter, Musical Director, Sir Tom Jones, Mike+The Mechanics, Helene Fischer, Leona Lewis
Billy Bush
Billy Bush
Garbage, The Naked and Famous, Neon Trees, Julia Stone, Fink, Foster the People, Muse, Natasha Bedingfield, Jake Bugg
Brian Young
Brian Young
Drummer, Producer, Programmer. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Jim Carroll, and America
Bruce Rintoul
Bruce Rintoul
Twin Atlantic, We were Promised Jetpacks, Fatherson, Vukovi, Eliza and the Bear
Cameron Gower-Poole
Cameron Gower-Poole
Anne Marie, Marshmello, The Greatest Showman, Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Seal, Ellie Goulding, Billy Idol, Spandau Ballet, James Arthur, Rita Ora
Carl Bown
Carl Bown
Trivium, Machine Head, As I Lay Dying, Carcass
Chris Cracknell
Chris Cracknell
Nick Franglen, Mark Fry, Super U, Boog, Barr
Chris Porter
Chris Porter
George Michael/Wham!, David Bowie, Simple Minds, Thin Lizzy, Take That, Chris de Burgh and many, many more
Chris Sheehan
Chris Sheehan
Chris Difford, Marty Pellow, Linda Thompson, Karousel Music
Cian Ciaran - Super Furry Animals
Cian Ciaran - Super Furry Animals
Super Furry Animals, Zefur Wolves, The Pale Blue Dots, Baby Queens and El Goodo
Craig Malcor
Craig Malcor
Guitar Center
Damien Quintard
Damien Quintard
Teodor Currentzis, MusicAeterna, Olivier Baumont, Julien Chauvin, SONAR Festival, Dimitris Pappaioanou, European Games and many and various classical recordings for Sony Music
Dan Logan
Dan Logan
The Kooks, The Maccabees, The Ordinary Boys, Cat the Dog
Dave Miles
Dave Miles
Paloma Faith, The Voice UK
Dave Pemberton
Dave Pemberton
Kinobe, Kasabian, The Prodigy, Orbital, Groove Armada, New York Tourists, Y.O.U.N.G, The King Blues, MC Profit
David Russell
David Russell
Classical Guitarist
Drew Bang
Drew Bang
Royal Blood, U2, Lapsley, James Morrison
Eg White
Eg White
Adele, Tom Odell, Beverley Knight, Linkin Park, James Blunt, Duffy, James Morrison, Natalie Imbruglia, Joss Stone, Florence and the Machine, Will Young, The Hoosiers
Emre Ramazanoglu
Emre Ramazanoglu
Lily Allen, Sia, Noel Gallagher, Richard Ashcroft, The Prodigy, Tricky, Mark Ronson, Shakira
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson
The Who, Natalie Imbruglia, Freestylers, Razorlight,
Geoff Dugmore
Geoff Dugmore
Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Debbie Harry, Robbie Williams, Dido, Richard Ashcroft, Johnny Hallyday, The Europeans, Joan Armatrading, Robert Palmer, Paul Rodgers, Mike Scott, Killing Joke, Climie Fisher, Thompson Twins, The Waterboys
Glenn Rosenstein
Glenn Rosenstein
Madonna, U2, Ziggy Marley, James Brown, Miles Davis, Randy Crafor, Ramones, Talking Heads
Graham Pattison
Graham Pattison
Kula Shaker, Gomez, David Gray
Greg Brimson
Greg Brimson
Levellers, Bush, Eminem, Paradise Lost, Gary Numan, Natalie Imbruglia, All About Eve, Echobelly, Supergrass, Mumiy Troll, The Losers, Sikth, Raging Speed Horn, One Minute Silence.
Guillermo Subauste
Guillermo Subauste
The Sadies, Whitney Rose, Elizabeth Spano, Vivienne Wilder, Brooke Lanziner
Guus Hoevenaars
Guus Hoevenaars
Scissor Sisters, The Feeling, The Pierces, HVMNS
Guy Sigsworth
Guy Sigsworth
Seal, Björk, Goldie, Madonna, Britney Spears
Ian Dowling
Ian Dowling
Adele, Alexis Kings, Kasabian, Black Honey, Bombay Bicycle Club, Everything Everything, Hot Dreams, KT Tunstall, One Direction, Catfish and the Bottlemen
Irwin Sparkes - The Hoosiers
Irwin Sparkes - The Hoosiers
Liam Bailey, Freestylers, Alexander Wolfe, Dakota, The Sea & I, Harry Oakwood & The Millionaires
James Denness
James Denness
Producer
Jamie Brown
Jamie Brown
Will Heard, Two Door Cinema Club, Lucy Rose, Razorlight, Scouting For Girls, Freeman, Bloxx
Jason Reichart
Jason Reichart
Singer, Songwriter and Acoustic Musician
Javier Weyler
Javier Weyler
Stereophonics, Phil Manzanera, Bent, Breaking Waves Agency, Zak Starkey
Jay Tooke
Jay Tooke
The Steel Woods, Jody Direen, Bryce Pallister, Jesse Terry
Jayce Lewis
Jayce Lewis
Brian May, Gary Numan, Dave Prowse, Roger Taylor, Fear Factory, Burton C Bell, Ascension of The Watchers
Jeremiah Adkins
Jeremiah Adkins
Taylor Swift, Lecrae, Gucci Mane, Rocko and Lil Wayne
Jez Ashurst
Jez Ashurst
Little Mix, Ella Henderson, X Factor UK
Jim Lowe
Jim Lowe
Stereophonics, Taylor Swift, Herbie Hancock
Jimmy Sims
Jimmy Sims
George Ezra, The Saturdays, Amy Macdonald, Nowhere Boy
Joel Edwards
Joel Edwards
Melanie C, Chicane, Deepest Blue
Joel Pott
Joel Pott
Athlete, George Ezra, London Grammar, James Bay, Rhodes, Gabrielle Aplin, Shura, Mabel, Mina Rose
John Cornfield
John Cornfield
Robert Plant, Oasis, Verve, Supergrass, The Stone Roses, Muse, Ben Howard and many more
Jon-John Robinson
Jon-John Robinson
Diana Ross, TLC, Boyz of Paradise, Jon B, Pink, Another Level, Lady Gaga, Kristinia DeBarge, Sharon Tedford, El DeBarge, K-Ci & JoJo and many more,
Jordan Berliant
Jordan Berliant
Linkin Park, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Slash, Counting Crows, Stone Temple Pilots
Joshua Macrae
Joshua Macrae
Queen, Roger Taylor, The Cross
Justin Smith
Justin Smith
Singer, Songwriter
Katie London
Katie London
Singer, Songwriter
Kevin Davy
Kevin Davy
Trumpeter, Composer, Arranger
Kevin Poree
Kevin Poree
National Theatre, Dr Feelgood, Paul Young, Brian McFadden, Los Pacaminos
Kyle Hunt
Kyle Hunt
The Black Angels, UNKLE, My Jerusealem, Zoo Keeper
Laurie Jenkins
Laurie Jenkins
Kasabian, The 1975, James Blunt, Robbie Williams
Leo Abrahams
Leo Abrahams
Paolo Nutini, Brian Eno, Christine Aguilera
Louis Souyave
Louis Souyave
Daytona Lights, Felicity Abbott, breen, Glint, Ashleigh Anita
Marco Migliari
Marco Migliari
The Beautiful South, Crowded House, Stereophonics
Mark Winterburn
Mark Winterburn
Shadow Party, Nine Black Alps
Matt Brown
Matt Brown
Singer, Songwriter
Matthew Cooper
Matthew Cooper
Eluvium
Mike Gay
Mike Gay
Xander And The Peace Pirates, Robert Vincent, Painted Day
Mike Moore
Mike Moore
Liam Gallegher, Duffy, James Arthur, Baxter Dury, Carl Barat
Mike Sawitzke
Mike Sawitzke
Engineer, Guitarist
Neil Fraser
Neil Fraser
Tindersticks, Curtains
Nick Franglen
Nick Franglen
Lemon Jelly, Pulp, Blur, Bjork, Primal Scream
Ofer Shabi
Ofer Shabi
Soho Sonic, Leona Lewis, Tinchy Stryder, Lisa Stansfield
Ollie Knight
Ollie Knight
Chris Brown, Kanye West, Zalon Thompson
Paul Beard
Paul Beard
Bryan Ferry, Lily Allen, James Blunt
Paul Borg
Paul Borg
James Brown, Busted, Sky Sports
Pete Hopkins
Pete Hopkins
Singer, Songwriter
Rich Aitken
Rich Aitken
Nimrod Productions, Killzone 2, Gran Turismo
Rick Loynes
Rick Loynes
Producer
Rob Baldock
Rob Baldock
The Shires, Emeli Sande, Jess Glynne, The Human League, UB40 The Darkness
Rocco Guarino
Rocco Guarino
Velvet Revolver, Elton John, Juliette Lewis, Robbie Krieger, Rami Jaffee
Roddy Hart
Roddy Hart
Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire, Gemma Hayes, Sunshine On Leith
Roger Lyons
Roger Lyons
Alt-J, New Order, Lionrock, Freebass, Ian Brown, Bee Gees, Heather Small, The Chemical Brothers, Major DeRanges, Oscillator Hell
Romesh Dodangoda
Romesh Dodangoda
Motorhead, Bring Me The Horizon, Funeral For A Friend, Lower Than Atlantis, Twin Atlantic and many more
Russ Long
Russ Long
Napalm Death, The Haunted, Dimmu Borgir, Wildhearts, Exploited
Russ Russell
Russ Russell
Napalm Death, At The Gates, The Haunted, Dimmu Borgir, The Wildhearts, The Exploited, Oceans Of Slumber, Outrage, and many more
Sammy Merendino
Sammy Merendino
Lou Reed, The Beach Boys, Foreigner, Cyndi Lauper, Daryl Hall, Joh Oats
Sebastiaan Cornelissen
Sebastiaan Cornelissen
On Impulse, Isotope, Tristan
Steve Bentley-Klein
Steve Bentley-Klein
Paolo Nutini, Deep Purple, Royal Shakespeare Company, Olivia Safe
Steve Levine
Steve Levine
Culture Club, The Clash, The Beach Boys, China Crisis, Gary Moore, Space, XamVolo, 911, David Grant, Junior, Louise, Honeyz
Steve Lewinson
Steve Lewinson
Simply Red, Herbie Hancock, George Michael, Eurythmics
Steven Krakovic
Steven Krakovic
Wolf People, Danny Toeman, Dusty limits
Stuart Crichton
Stuart Crichton
Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, Elton John, Dame Shirley Bassey
Suneil Pusari
Suneil Pusari
Snow Patrol, DJ Shadow, Rufus Wainwright, Spiritualized, Athlete
Sven Lens
Sven Lens
Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Willie Nelson, Nelly Furtado, Linny Kravitz, Counting Crows
Ted Young
Ted Young
Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile, Alice Cooper, Mick Jagger, Andrew W.K., The Gaslight Anthem.
Tom Roach
Tom Roach
Callum Beattie, High Contrast, Steve Rodgers, Elijah James and the Nightmares, Ian McNabb
Tony Platt
Tony Platt
AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Bob Marley, Gary Moore, Motorhead, Cheap Trick, Ronnie Dio, The Cult, Marillion, Krokus
Troy Antunes
Troy Antunes
Anastacia, NSYNC, Justin Timberlake, Backstreet Boys, Blue, Liz McClarnon, Aston Merrygold
X:144
X:144
Ms. Lauryn Hill, Qusai, Madden NFL, Fredwreck, Alchemist, Kool G Rap, Joell Ortiz, Blueprint, Solillaquists of Sound, MF Doom, Dark Time Sunshine.
Yoad Nevo
Yoad Nevo
Bryan Adams, Pet Shop Boys, Goldfrapp, Sugarbabes, Sia, Moby, Morcheeba, Dandy Warhols, Born Stranger, Nina Smith, Tina Karol and many more.
Zach Charlton
Zach Charlton
Alexandra Burke, Kevin Simm
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