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Stealth

The Aston Stealth is a revolutionary, broadcast quality, microphone for studio and stage. With 4 switchable voices delivering unparalleled performance in almost any situation, a Class A built in mic preamp with autodetect 48V Phantom power (a world’s first!) and featuring a unique Sorbothane internal shock mount system and Aston’s legendary build quality, we reckon Stealth is the world’s most versatile microphone.
 
Stealth was developed in partnership with 92 top engineers, producers and artists (the Aston 33 development panel) who participated in a series of blind listening tests designed to create the best possible sound… the resulting four voice settings, Vocal 1, Vocal 2, Guitar and Dark, offer a range of world class sounds to suit almost every application.

The Aston Sound
The Aston Sound
Our mics are developed by a panel of top industry professionals; producers, engineers and artists…
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Four settings, four different voices
Four settings, four different voices
Think of Stealth as four professional microphones in one...
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Active & Passive modes with 48V Autodetect function
Active & Passive modes with 48V Autodetect function
Stealth works with or without 48V phantom power...
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Built-in Class A Mic Preamp
Built-in Class A Mic Preamp
When in active mode Stealth features a high quality built-in Class A Mic Pre...
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Unique Sorbothane internal shock mount
Unique Sorbothane internal shock mount
Aston Stealth includes a proprietary internal shock mount design with the capsule suspended in mid-air...
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Exceptional side rejection
Exceptional side rejection
Stealth’s acoustically tuned headstock...
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Excellent rejection of electromagnetic hum
Excellent rejection of electromagnetic hum
Stealth’s capsule is completely enclosed...
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Custom Stand Mount
Custom Stand Mount
Proprietary end cap design and excellent capsule-chassis isolation means Stealth can be direct mounted with virtually no handling noise.
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Eco-Friendly Packaging
Eco-Friendly Packaging
No unnecessary frills, just well-designed, re-usable and recyclable packaging…
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The making of Stealth - The Aston 33 and the blind testing process

The Aston 33 (so named after the original members) is now a panel of more than 120 top producers, engineers and artists who work with Aston on new product development to ensure every mic is best in class before it is released to the market.

They perform blind listening tests on a range of possible versions of each new mic, plus  ‘industry standard’ models from key manufacturers and vote on performance on a variety of sources (vocals, guitars and so on). In tests the panel do not know which mics they are listening to, so the resultant votes can’t be affected by brand reputation, or an expectation of how a certain microphone should sound.

Some surprising results arose from the Stealth project testing. For example the prototype Stealth voicing that consistently came top in the voting for female vocal takes came off worst for male vocals and vice versa, regardless of the pitch of the singer! Furthermore a different voicing came top for ALL guitar sources, from finger picked acoustic through to mic’d distorted guitar cabs.

These discoveries, derived from more than 9000 data samples, were the catalyst for the Aston team to set about reimagining the microphone from the ground up. Stealth truly excels at capturing professional quality audio in almost every situation, and masters them all.

Transducer Type
Moving coil
Directional Polar Pattern
Cardioid
Frequency Response
20Hz – 20kHz (+/-3dB)
Equivalent Self Noise Level
10dB A-weighted
Sensitivity at 1kHz into 1kohm - passive mode
Average 1 mV/Pa (varies across 4 voices)
Sensitivity at 1kHz into 1kohm - active mode
Average 150 mV/Pa (varies across 4 voices)
Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%
140dB
Product length
196 mm / 7.72 in
Product width
58 mm / 2.28 in
Product weight
692 g / 1.52 lb
aston mics manual Dec18 EN
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