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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!

Adrian Hall
Adrian Hall
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Alan Branch
Alan Branch
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Alexander Archer
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Andrew Bourbon
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Andy Barlow
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Andy Bradfield
Andy Bradfield
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Andy Theakstone
Andy Theakstone
Producer, Composer, Drummer
Avril Mackintosh
Avril Mackintosh
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Ben Stone
Ben Stone
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Carl Bown
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Chris Cracknell
Chris Cracknell
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Chris Porter
Chris Porter
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Chris Sheehan
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Damien Quintard
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Dave Miles
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Dave Pemberton
Kinobe, Kasabian, The Prodigy, Orbital, Groove Armada, New York Tourists, Y.O.U.N.G, The King Blues, MC Profit
Geoff Dugmore
Geoff Dugmore
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Graham Pattison
Graham Pattison
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Guus Hoevenaars
Guus Hoevenaars
Scissor Sisters, The Feeling, The Pierces, HVMNS
Guy Sigsworth
Guy Sigsworth
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Ian Dowling
Ian Dowling
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Jayce Lewis
Jayce Lewis
Brian May, Gary Numan, Dave Prowse, Roger Taylor, Fear Factory, Burton C Bell, Ascension of The Watchers
Jez Ashurst
Jez Ashurst
Little Mix, Ella Henderson, X Factor UK
Jim Lowe
Jim Lowe
Stereophonics, Taylor Swift, Herbie Hancock
Joel Edwards
Joel Edwards
Melanie C, Chicane, Deepest Blue
Joel Pott
Joel Pott
Athlete, George Ezra, London Grammar, James Bay
John Cornfield
John Cornfield
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Jordan Berliant
Jordan Berliant
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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
Laurie Jenkins
Laurie Jenkins
Kasabian, The 1975, James Blunt, Robbie Williams
Leo Abrahams
Leo Abrahams
Paolo Nutini, Brian Eno, Christine Aguilera
Marco Migliari
Marco Migliari
The Beautiful South, Crowded House, Stereophonics
Mike Gay
Mike Gay
Xander And The Peace Pirates, Robert Vincent, Painted Day
Mike Sawitzke
Mike Sawitzke
Engineer, Guitarist
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
Rich Aitken
Rich Aitken
Nimrod Productions, Killzone 2, Gran Turismo
Roddy Hart
Roddy Hart
Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire, Gemma Hayes, Sunshine On Leith
Roger Lyons
Roger Lyons
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Romesh Dodandoga
Romesh Dodandoga
Motorhead, Bring Me The Horizon, Funeral For A Friend
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
Stuart Crichton
Stuart Crichton
Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, Elton John, Dame Shirley Bassey
Tony Platt
Tony Platt
AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Gary Moore
Troy Antunes
Troy Antunes
Anastacia, NSYNC, Justin Timberlake, Backstreet Boys, Blue, Liz McClarnon, Aston Merrygold
X:144
X:144
Ms. Lauryn Hill, Madden NFL, Qusai, Aesop Rock & BluePrint, Fredwreck
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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