The tagline of Aston Microphones is "The Art of Performance," and a simple look at one of their mics is enough to see how they put that philosophy to work in their visual design. These microphones have a really striking appearance - which is outdone only by the results they deliver in the recording booth. They're also some of the newest mics around, making their debut in December 2015, so whether you're interested in a microphone that takes performance to the next level or simply looking to get on board with one of the latest developments in the industry, one of Aston's microphones is a good way to make it happen.
The starting lineup of Aston microphones has two models to offer: the Origin and the Spirit. For general-purpose recording, the Aston Origin Cardioid Condenser Microphone is the place to start (as its name implies). It's based on a 1" gold evaporated capsule mated to the kind of electronics you'd expect to find in a microphone twice the price. Better yet, its design gives it a degree of built-in shock resistance and pop filtering, so you can get great results in the studio without having to add a whole lot of accessories. Last but not least, the specs for the Origin are outstanding, including a nearly flat frequency response from 20Hz to 20kHz.
If all the traits of the Origin sound good but you're looking for response patterns other than cardioid, check out the Aston Spirit Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone. You get the same high-end capsule with this model, along with an added switch that allows you to choose from omni, cardioid and figure-8 patterns. Beyond that, it's the same goodness as the Origin: Aston's unique built-in pop filter, custom-molded end cap and shock-absorbing wave-form mesh head, all surrounding a core set of top-quality electronics.
When microphone engineers see their work as an art form, brands like Aston are the result - and that's a good thing. It means we have the opportunity to get our hands on gear that sounds as good as it looks, built with a ton of design expertise that helps push the envelope of performance forward. That's Aston microphones in a nutshell, and although they're newcomers on the market, they're poised to become one of the top choices for musicians and recording engineers from coast to coast.