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The Aston 33

It is usual for manufacturers to ask a few professionals their opinions on a new mic once it’s ready for production. We went much further, asking a panel of top engineers, producers and artists to actually help craft the sound of each new Aston, at prototype stage.

Named the Aston 33 after the original members who worked with us on our first mic, the Origin, the panel has now grown to more than 100 of the world’s top engineers, producers and artists, whose experience and expertise informs the sonic character of each new microphone. The Aston 33 are the ears of the Aston brand.

So how does this work?

The panel participate in a series of blind listening tests, pitting Aston’s prototypes against competing models from other leading manufacturers but without at any stage knowing which they are listening to. They rate the candidates from best to worst across a range of relevant applications (male and female vocals, acoustic guitars etc.). Aston’s engineers modify each prototype according to the detailed and comprehensive voting data and the process is repeated, until there’s a version of the new Aston which is consistently judged the favourite, outperforming anything in its class and some far costlier ‘industry standard’ mics too. Only then does the new mic get signed-off for production.

For Element the concept was taken even further, with the public invited to vote on the new mic’s sound throughout its development. More than 4000 musicians, engineers and producers had their say on the eventual voicing of the world’s first ‘People’s Microphone’.

We will continue to design and develop our mics in the UK with the help of the Aston 33, to ensure each future release is a further shake-up of the microphone marketplace because, as our existing range proves, we believe world-class audio should be available to everyone.

Special Thanks

Our heartfelt thanks to the Aston 33 for helping to keep British sound alive and kicking.

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, Phoebe Bridgers, 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
U2, The Spice Girls, Elbow, David Gray, Manic Street Preachers, Craig Armstrong, Brothers Osborne, Tom Fletcher, Marillion and many more.
Andy Theakstone
Andy Theakstone
Producer, Composer, Drummer
Anthony Leung
Anthony Leung
Jamie Cullum, James Bay, Bear’s Den, Clean Bandit, Frank Turner
Avril Mackintosh
Avril Mackintosh
New Radicals, Gregg Alexander, Ronan Keating, Bryan Adams, Susan Boyle
BC Bogey
BC Bogey
Voice in the Attic
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
Carl Bown
Carl Bown
Trivium, Machine Head, While She Sleeps, Bullet for my Valentine, As I Lay Dying, Gunship, Carcass, Fightstar
Chris Cracknell
Chris Cracknell
J Felix, Paula Cox, Hollows, Nick Franglen
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, Paul McCartney, Manic Street Preachers, Kaiser Chiefs, Mogwai, Zefur Wolves, The Pale Blue Dots, Baby Queens, El Goodo, Acid Casuals, White Noise, BBC Now
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
Daniel J Logan
Daniel J Logan
Thea Gilmore, Emily Maguire, Nick Harper, Tamsin Greig, Sylvester McCoy, Chinese State Circus
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, Slaves, The Japanese House
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, Tears For Fears, Ziggy Marley, James Brown, Miles Davis.
Graham Pattison
Graham Pattison
Kula Shaker, Gomez, David Gray
Greg Brimson
Greg Brimson
O.R.K, 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
Bombay Bicycle Club, Adele, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Kasabian, One Direction, The Orwells, KT Tunstall, Blaenavon, LIFE
Irwin Sparkes - The Hoosiers
Irwin Sparkes - The Hoosiers
Liam Bailey, Freestylers, Alexander Wolfe, Dakota, The Sea & I, Harry Oakwood & The Millionaires, White Tail Falls
James Denness
James Denness
Producer
Jamie Brown
Jamie Brown
Will Heard, Two Door Cinema Club, Lucy Rose, Razorlight, Scouting For Girls, Freeman, Bloxx
Jason Reichert
Jason Reichert
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
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
Massive Attack, Roy Orbison, New Order, Sigur Rós, Microsoft HALO 4
Mark Winterburn
Mark Winterburn
Plan B, 5 Seconds of Summer, James Arthur, Virginmarys, Cassia, The Script, New Order
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, Asphalt Ribbons
Nick Franglen
Nick Franglen
Lemon Jelly, Pulp, Blur, Bjork, Primal Scream
OJ (Ofer Shabi)
OJ (Ofer Shabi)
Diplo, Usher, Lewis Capaldi, Arrow Benjamin, Idris Elba, Leona Lewis, Tinchy Stryder, Lisa Stansfield, BBC, The National Theatre UK
Ollie Knight
Ollie Knight
Chris Brown, Kanye West, MK, 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, Stone Temple Pilots
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
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.
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