Aston Microphones – limited edition Spirit Black Bundle
Following the clamour to own one of the 2000 limited-run Black Origin studio production bundles released by Aston Microphones in January 2020, which sold out in less than a week, a large number of the British brand’s followers have been making a lot of noise about giving the same treatment to their flagship condenser mic, the Aston Spirit.
Not to disappoint, Aston have announced the Black Spirit Bundle, another strictly limited edition release of only 1500 individually numbered pieces. The box-set is centred on the multi-pattern, high performance Spirit mic which is a go-to with artists including Noel Gallagher, Radiohead, Tory Lanez, Don Broco, Jamie Cullum, Bullet For My Valentine and many other major artists, producers and engineers.
The bundle includes a highly collectable, black textured version of the Spirit, plus the best-in-class Aston Swiftshield pop filter and shock mount set – everything you need for high-class recordings of vocals, instruments and most other sound sources.
The Aston Spirit Black Bundle, like the Black Origin before it, is expected to become scarce very quickly, so snap yours up now before they’re all gone:
The Aston Spirit is a multiple award-winning high-performance switchable pattern condenser microphone utilising a 1” gold evaporated capsule. A switch on the mic body selects from Omni, Cardioid or Figure-of-Eight polar patterns. It is versatile enough to use with most instruments and excels on acoustic guitar and vocals. Its Aston 33 panel selected capsule is teamed with high-end transformer balanced circuitry using only the best components.
Nominated for the prestigious NAMM TEC Award in 2016, and holding a host of other international awards, it is universally acclaimed as one of the best condenser mics you can own at any price point, even up against mics 10 times its cost
The Spirit is designed to deliver a beautifully open sound with sparkling harmonics. This highly accurate microphone gives a stunningly natural and transparent recording, capturing all the detail in the high range but without adding the harshness that some condenser microphones seem to.
The mic features Aston’s signature Wave-Form Mesh head, a built in ‘stainless steel wool’ pop filter, direct to stand mounting and the, now famous, tumbled stainless steel chassis, for beautiful and near indestructible performance.
· Professional, transformer based cardioid condenser mic
· Detailed, transparent, beautifully open sound with sparkling highs
· Selectable polar patterns; cardioid, omni, figure of eight
· Shock-resistant wave-form spring head
· Direct to stand mounting
· Built-in pop filter
· Beautiful and tough tumbled chassis
When it comes to Aston’s packaging, simplicity is king. They have created protective, re-useable, environmentally sensible packaging that doesn’t cost the earth… 99% recycled materials, 100% recyclable.
The Aston Sound – Aston 33 Panel
Right from the birth of the brand, Aston engaged many of the top audio professionals in the industry to create a development panel for blind testing each new mic at prototype stage, ensuring each was best in its class before production. It is this process, unique within the audio industry, which has been rolled out to the public with Aston’s most recent mic in development ‘Project Element’, the world’s first ‘People’s Microphone’… and it is undoubtably this development of sound by professional peer review process which makes Aston mics world leaders in performance to price.
· Transducer Type: Condenser
· Acoustic Operating Principle: Pressure Gradient
· Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz (+/-3dB)
· Equivalent Noise Level: 14dB A-Weighted
· Sensitivity at 1kHz into 1kohm: 23.7mV/Pa
· Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%: 138dB
· Signal-to-Noise Ratio (rel. 94dB SPL): 80dB A-Weighted
· Polar pattern: Omni/Cardioid/Figure-of-Eight
· Pad Switches: -20dB/-10dB/0dB
· Low-Cut Filter: 80Hz
· Product length: 175 mm / 6.89 in
· Product width: 54 mm / 2.13 in
· Product weight: 625 g / 1.38 lb
SwiftShield combines the Aston Swift shock mount and the Aston Shield pop filter into one bundle to give you the perfect setup for your studio vocal mic. The Aston Swift shock mount takes microphone mounting to the next level of ease. With 2 quick release spring clips designed to fit the Origin, and a wide range of other mics, from 40-60mm diameter, mounting your microphone takes seconds.
Aston have reconceived the shock system, and as with all their products, worked from the ground up on an entirely new design idea. The ‘ShockStar’ suspension eliminates the need for fiddly rubber bands, but offers a high level of elasticity for maximum isolation.