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Aston Microphones Origin Cardioid Condenser Microphone  

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The Aston Origin is a high-performance cardioid condenser utilizing a 1″ gold evaporated capsule. Its hand-selected capsule is teamed with high-end transformerless circuitry using only t... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Aston Origin is a high-performance cardioid condenser utilizing a 1″ gold evaporated capsule. Its hand-selected capsule is teamed with high-end transformerless circuitry using only the best components, the same ones you’ll find in boutique microphones costing far more. Origin is versatile enough to use with most instruments and excels on acoustic guitar and vocals.

Wave-Form Mesh Head
The Origin features Aston’s signature waveform mesh head. This unique design delivers an unprecedented degree of protection for the mic capsule. Its shock-resistant waveform design allows the head of the mic to bend upon impact, and then return to its normal position without any damage to the capsule itself. It also offers a degree of off-axis rejection, helping to eliminate unwanted artifacts from your recordings.

Built-In Pop Filter
Aston’s vocal condenser microphones have an exclusive mesh-knit pop filter built into the waveform head. The random weave allows sound to pass while virtually eliminating unwanted plosives at the source. It also shields against multiple wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation, making it ideal in sensitive electronic applications. This completely encapsulating, single piece, mesh cage is formed in stainless steel, so won’t rust with use, and can even be removed and washed.

End Caps
Yet another unique design element of the Aston Origin is the use of custom-molded end caps with integrated XLR and stand adaptor. Because the internal shock absorption system is so good, you can mount the microphone directly to a stand via this built-in, interchangeable thread adapter. The design also makes Aston microphones easy to repair and maintain.

Chassis
Part of the four hours to give it a very hard-wearing, and extremely beautiful, finish. To perfect the look, each microphone is separately engraved with its legends, and the Aston brand mantra, “The art of performance.”


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Aston MicrophonesOrigin Cardioid Condenser Microphone
 
4.6

(based on 8 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

No Pros

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Acoustic guitar (3)
  • Vocals (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

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5.0

Amazing mic!

By John Martin

from Clarksville, TN

Pros

  • Durable
  • Smooth sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home recording
    • Professional recording

    Comments about Aston Microphones Origin Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

    This mic sounds amazing! It has a clear, natural sound. It has fairly heavy focus on the treble, but it doesn't overtake the other frequencies. This mic is also built incredibly well. It really feels like it's going to last a long time. As far as its features go, I think its highpass filter might be a little bit harsh for some applications, but I think you could use it for vocals and acoustic guitar and get pretty good results. Also, it does have a built-in popfilter, but I don't think it does a good enough job on its own. I would advise using another one as well. Doesn't have to be expensive.

    Overall, this mic is amazing. Especially for the price. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good mic for music, voiceover, and other tasks of similar nature. Great mic!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    4.0

    GREAT mic for acoustic guitar

    By capnmorgan

    from jacksonville fl

    Pros

    • clarity
    • great for acoustic guitar

    Cons

    • not good for vocals

    Best Uses

    • acoustic guitar

    Comments about Aston Microphones Origin Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

    really beautiful product.....very well built...solid!! great for acoustic guitar and really clear..was not a huge fan of it on vocals tho...

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    AMAZING MIC, NOT JUST FOR THE PRICE. AMAZING MIC...PERIOD!!!

    By Oklahoma Crooner

    from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Pros

    • AWESOME, NATURAL SOUND!
    • COOL LOOKING
    • DIRT CHEAP
    • YOU CAN STAND THE MIC UP UPRIGHT

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Aston Microphones Origin Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

        In the past, I've owned the Rode Classic, Rode NTK, Neumann TLM 103, and currently own an MXL Revelation Solo, Neumann TLM 49, and Rode NT1. The Origin is easily as good or better than any of the mics that I've owned up until now. It's amazing what you get for the price! Unlike the TLM 103, which sounds almost hyper-real, the Aston sounds completely natural. It was love at first-listen! I was intending on buying another 103, but since I bought the Aston, what for? It's that good of a mic! Ignore the price. This mic takes me further on the dollar than any mic I've ever used. I was a little concerned about the SE Electronics connection, because I had tried and returned a quite lackluster SE mic in the past, but this little mic wipes the floor with the SE mic I tried. And, unlike the new Rode NT1, which is a pretty good mic for the price, the Aston doesn't make you feel like you wish you were using something a little better. It sounds GREAT!!!! After experiencing what this mic can do, I can't NOT get the Spirit!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Great mic at a budget cost

        By KPT

        from Nashville, Tn

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Aston Microphones Origin Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

        I've been using them as drum overheads, and they sound fantastic. They sound way better than anything in their price point.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Amazing Clarity, amazing service ,amazing price

        By RIck Rezin

        from NY NY

        Comments about Aston Microphones Origin Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

        in a prior review I raved about this mic. the same holds true , but for some strange reason it says I wouldn't recommend this amazing new product which is completely and totally inaccurate. not only would i recommend this mic but i fully endorse it and think any professional studio who doesn't own one is severely out of the loop

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Insanely Good for cost

        By Ray - Midland Studio Records

        from Wilmington, DE

        Pros

        • clear
        • flat eq response
        • inexpensive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Acoustic Instruments
          • Everything under the sun
          • Guitars
          • Overheads
          • Vocals

          Comments about Aston Microphones Origin Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

          This mic is so transparent. Even when recording using only a cheap interface with no corrective EQ or Compression it sounds as if you are in the room with the instrument/singer. This is my go to mic in my locker and have yet to hear anything in this price range that can meet it's capabilities. Thank you Aston!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fantastic microphone, regardless of the price

          By CBusser

          from Columbus, Ohio

          Pros

          • Beautiful design
          • Smooth high end
          • Solid detailed midrange
          • Vintage sound

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Acoustic Guitar
          • Overheads
          • Vocals

          Comments about Aston Microphones Origin Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

          This microphone is nothing short of incredible, especially given the price. It is a beautiful piece of art in your hand. It feels solid and well-built. It has the most uniquely beautiful finish I've ever seen on a microphone before, but its sound is where it really separates itself from the pack -- It is smooth, full and detailed. I'm especially a fan of the low midrange on the Aston. It is an absolute wonder on acoustic guitar, in my opinion. The fingerpicking a good acoustic sounds warm and vibrant. And the Origin handles vocals beautifully too. I've needed very little EQ when tracking vocals with the Origin. I ended up buying another Origin and used them as overheads. The Astons create big gorgeous drums.

          I own and have used a lot of excellent mics. Telefunken ELAM 251, U47, U67, AKG C12, 414 ULS, AEA N22 are some of my favorites. Each has its specific use given the particular recording situation. The Aston absolutely hangs in the pack with those aforementioned mics. I'm really amazed and happy that someone has finally really hit the ball out of the park with this mic. If you are considering a good versatile cardioid LDC for your studio arsenal, the Aston Origin is a no-brainer.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Better than my P820

          By Rick Rezin

          from nyc ny

          Pros

          • natural sound
          • price is incredible

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • acoustic guitar
            • bass
            • vocals

            Comments about Aston Microphones Origin Cardioid Condenser Microphone:

            this one mic has put my akg perception p220, p420 , and p820 in boxes.
            i cant understand how they made such a high quality mic for such a great price point but i'm glad they did

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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