Aston Microphones Starlight - Matched Stereo Pair
The Aston Starlight is the first ever laser targeting pencil microphone, allowing for recall of mic position in studio use, and incredibly quick and easy set up in live applications. These truly astonishing microphones also showcases Aston's unique variable voice switching for sound contouring, a nearly indestructible build quality, our signature sintered head, and Aston's, now famous, tumbled 100% stainless steel chassis.
To complete the matched stereo package, Aston has teamed up with Rycote to include a pair of shockmounts and a stereo bar, to make the Starlight Stereo Pair the ultimate SDC recording rig.
Laser-alignment for placement accuracy and recording recall
The addition of a Class 2 laser to our Starlight SDC, with on/off switch, allows the user to recall mic positions in the studio so set up can be easily replicated. It also means, for touring bands, that mic positions can be marked off on drums etc, and set-up becomes a breeze. It's a world's first and a big leap in helping to get a consistent sound whatever the situation.
Sintered Metal Head
Innovative design helps shape acoustic response and provides almost indestructible capsule protection. Sintering is not new to the mic world, though seldom used, but we've taken the technology a step or 2 further than ever before. Thousands of tiny brass spheres are fused and then nickel plated to exact standards, giving a perfect acoustic response for the capsule, while filtering unwanted plosives, wind, dirt etc. We tested many thicknesses of sintered head, as well as the average size of the sinter spheres and combined that with nickel plate which is controlled to only a few nanometres thickness to achieve near perfect acoustic porosity. In addition, the head is virtually indestructible, so like all Aston mics, it can take any amount of studio or even live use and will never let you down.
3-position voicing switch: Vintage, Modern and hybrid settings for ultimate flexibility. Yet another remarkable step-up in technology, performance and cool features! The Starlight has 3 modes of operation, courtesy of some very fancy front-end filtering between the capsule and PCB. You can chose between Vintage, Modern and Hybrid settings to get the perfect tone response for your application (guitar cab, drums, strings, even vocals) whatever the application you'll get a perfect fit for your music and each setting has been carefully tuned to give superb top-flight performance, way beyond Starlight's price point.
1.5mm solid stainless steel laser cut and etched body. Now deeply rooted as part of Aston's beautiful engineered looks and rugged un-killable performance, Starlight utilises a 1.5mm solid stainless steel chassis, tumbled for up to 4 hours to achieve our signature finish. Beauty - and a beast!
Capsule The Aston Sound
The Starlight features a gold-sputtered cardioid capsule and, just like all Aston microphones, this was hand-picked by a panel of more than 50 top producers during double blind listening tests conducted during 2016.
Discrete Mic Amp Circuit (PCB) - market leading electronic design.
Starlight employs an extremely fine-tuned discrete mic amp circuit with high-spec components, to achieve an extremely sensitive, low noise design with loads of headroom. This allows the Starlight to handle quiet or very loud sources without compromising noise or tonal performance. Crucially, the higher output level of the Starlight's output stage allows microphone preamps to operate with lower gain, where their distortion performance is at its best. The final result is a beautifully clean and detailed sound. The Starlight's voicing control employs inductive active filters at the front-end of the microphone circuit to alter the response of the capsule without adding any noise to the circuit. The benefit of this means that the voicing switch is effectively the equivalent of changing the capsule to achieve different tonal characteristics and frequency response.
- Matched Stereo pair of Small Diaphragm Condenser microphones
- Laser-alignment sight for placement accuracy and recording recall, powered by 48V Phantom
- Sintered metal head - unique & innovative design protects capsule and provides excellent acoustic properties
- Gold-sputtered 20mm capsule, chosen in blind tests by a panel of 50 top producers
- PCB - market-leading electronic design
- 1.5mm solid stainless steel, laser-cut and etched chassis
- 3-position voicing switch: Vintage, Modern and hybrid settings
- Pad switch: -20dB/ -10dB/ 0dB
- 3-position Low-Cut Filter
- Well-designed, re-usable and recyclable packaging
- Complete with Rycote full suspension cradle, stereo mounting bar, windscreen and mic clips
CAUTION: CLASS 2 LASER DEVICE. DO NOT STARE INTO THE BEAM.