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Sterling Audio ST31 Small Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic

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The Sterling Audio ST31 is an FET small-diaphragm condenser microphone that features a mid-size (3/4") capsule to make it perfect for miking acoustic instruments, amplifiers, drum overheads, and more.... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Sterling Audio ST31 is an FET small-diaphragm condenser microphone that features a mid-size (3/4") capsule to make it perfect for miking acoustic instruments, amplifiers, drum overheads, and more.

The ST31 mic's thin, 6-micron evaporated gold Mylar diaphragm is optimized to capture the most definition and detail from all acoustic instruments like piano, drums, and guitars. Warm FET circuitry gives it low noise and high-quality sonics.
Requires phantom power.

FEATURES

  • Mid-size, all-brass capsule
  • Robust construction with rubber-isolated capsule
  • Stainless steel head and grille assembly
  • Rugged vinyl zipper case
  • ST-HM1 swiveling hard mount
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Preamp: Low noise FET circuitry
  • Polar Pattern: Fixed Hyper-Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 18kHz
  • Equivalent Noise: < 28dB SPL ” A Weighted
    Sensitivity: 5mV/Pa
  • Maximum SPL: 146dB
  • Typical Load Impedance: >500 ohms
  • Output Source Impedance: 200 ohms - transformer
  • Dimensions: 7" long, 1.2" max. dia.
  • Weight: 7oz.
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Sterling AudioST31 Small Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic
 
4.3

(based on 16 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

st 31 review

I purchased two of these mics for drum overheads. These little condenser mics capture a true picture of a drum set amazingly without a drop of EQ, add a little reverb and your...Read complete review

I purchased two of these mics for drum overheads. These little condenser mics capture a true picture of a drum set amazingly without a drop of EQ, add a little reverb and your set. The true crack of the piccolo snare shines through and the cymbals don't bleed threw but yet actually fit right into the music. I've been recording hard rock for 8 years and this drum sound with the ST 31s is the best drum sound I have yet encountered. I'm writing this because I spent countless hours researching a good set of overheads for CHEAP that would work with my budget and couldn't find anybody saying what I needed to hear.

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Please do your homework guys

If you've never used a medium to high-end small diaphragm condenser, you can't accurately rate this mic. Unfortunately what everyone refers to as "crisp" and "detailed" is just...Read complete review

If you've never used a medium to high-end small diaphragm condenser, you can't accurately rate this mic. Unfortunately what everyone refers to as "crisp" and "detailed" is just a mic with EXTREMELY hyped high frequencies. Just about any track recorded with this mic is too brittle and thin to hold up in a mix, yet somehow maintains a horrible harshness that can't be eq'd or compressed out. I think too many people are rating this mic with NO EXPERIENCE mixing with nicer small diaphragm condensers. I too thought I loved my pair when I got them 2 years ago. Then I realized no matter what I did, cymbals were too harsh from the overheads, electric guitar had a horrible nasal mid-scoop, and acoustic guitar was thin brittle and lifeless.

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(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Just OK

By UUcoffeehouse

from Boston

Comments about Sterling Audio ST31 Small Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

Hey, you get what you pay for. I bought a pair of these mics for a children's choir in a church. One of them was defective and after replacing it, I was disappointed in the dynamic range. I tried them on acoustic guitars, a pipe organ, grand piano and even tried 'em as overheads for congas. They're treble efficient and lack a little in the 40-300hz range. So far I've tried three and each one has sounded remarkably different. In the end, they are what they are and I'll use one of them more frequently than the other and that one as a last resort. I strongly recommend the MXL 993 pair in this price range.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

st 31 review

By MB

from Akron OH

Comments about Sterling Audio ST31 Small Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

I purchased two of these mics for drum overheads. These little condenser mics capture a true picture of a drum set amazingly without a drop of EQ, add a little reverb and your set. The true crack of the piccolo snare shines through and the cymbals don't bleed threw but yet actually fit right into the music. I've been recording hard rock for 8 years and this drum sound with the ST 31s is the best drum sound I have yet encountered. I'm writing this because I spent countless hours researching a good set of overheads for CHEAP that would work with my budget and couldn't find anybody saying what I needed to hear.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great little mic

By Jesse Farrah

from Silverton, OR

Comments about Sterling Audio ST31 Small Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

This is a fantastic little mic, i am so pleased with it's sound that i want to buy more mics from sterling audio. It has been used for a harpsichord, vocals, and acoustic guitar, even some wind instruments, all sound great i am really impressed. Vocals come in clearer and stronger on this mic than a large condenser that was more in price. Such a great deal.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Please do your homework guys

By James Hare

from Reno NV

Comments about Sterling Audio ST31 Small Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

If you've never used a medium to high-end small diaphragm condenser, you can't accurately rate this mic. Unfortunately what everyone refers to as "crisp" and "detailed" is just a mic with EXTREMELY hyped high frequencies. Just about any track recorded with this mic is too brittle and thin to hold up in a mix, yet somehow maintains a horrible harshness that can't be eq'd or compressed out. I think too many people are rating this mic with NO EXPERIENCE mixing with nicer small diaphragm condensers. I too thought I loved my pair when I got them 2 years ago. Then I realized no matter what I did, cymbals were too harsh from the overheads, electric guitar had a horrible nasal mid-scoop, and acoustic guitar was thin brittle and lifeless.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Bought a couple fo these ...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Sterling Audio ST31 Small Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

Bought a couple fo these to use on Drum Oh's at church. Pretty decent soundiong little mics. I didn't find them to be overly harsh, and they picked up the kit well, without too much bleedthrough. Also tried one out on Ac Gtr in my studio. Sounded pretty good, though a tad boomy too my ears, but nothing I couldn't eq out. All in all, pretty good little mic for $100.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Economic Device to Amp String Instrument on PA System

By Ziggy Arnold

from Columbus, Ohio

Comments about Sterling Audio ST31 Small Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

I play double bass in church, in which I bow, orchestral style. We have an elaborate PA system. I had used pick ups, which made the bass sound raspy. All other strings are on microphones. Sunday, I used an ST31, and ran it into the board using phantom power. The mike delivered a strong, deep clear signal over our PA system (we have six cabinets, each with two twelves and other speakers. Our sound engineer said it was the bass sound he ever got out of my bass. I highly recommend the microphone if you need a mike for your accoustic instrument. Regards, Ziggy

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Workhorse

By Nick

from Port Huron, Mi

Comments about Sterling Audio ST31 Small Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

Great little mic, sturdy, clear detailed sound. Needs a good eq to get the best performance but otherwise a top notch field mic.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Provides Great Sound

By J Peckham

from Chesapeake, Virginia

Comments about Sterling Audio ST31 Small Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

I own five of these mics. We utilize them for children's choir (about 30-40 kids can be ample enough for two of these mics). I also use one for a drum overhead mic. In addition we put one up against a guitar amp. And I have one for backup. They seem to be sturdy enough. We actually move all our equipment every week being a portable church and they seem to uphold the small beatings each week.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best you can get for the price

By Joshua Coughey

from Nashville, TN

Comments about Sterling Audio ST31 Small Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

This is no KM85, but if you're on any sort of budget, I would strongly recommend this mic. It sounds good on acoustic instruments, putting out a bright, but not too much so, tone on anything that would normally take a small cap condenser. But allow me to tell you a story... I recently mixed a 7-piece band on a board with 10 mic inputs. Needless to say, I was very crunched for space. So for the drums, I put an Audix D6 on kick, SM57 on snare, and a Sterling ST31 as an overhead. I wound up not even using the snare channel; the ST31 worked amazingly as an overhead mic, picking up everything beautifully (the channel was compressed to hell, which helped). The snare actually sounded better in the context of the show through the overhead ST31 than with the 57. The drummer was fairly aggressive, and even with the channel gain set to minimal, I was still clipping on snare hits. That said, I never heard any distortion whatsoever. My one complaint about this mic is definitely its low SPL limit. However, the upgraded version, the ST33, has a built-in pad, and I'm definitely looking forward to trying that one out.

 
5.0

Better than SM57 for recording guitar cabinet

By DurrtySteve

from Bellingham, WA

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Pros

  • Clear Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST31 Small Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

    We were having a hard time getting a good sound using the trusty SM57 on my guitarist's Orange 2x12. We swapped the mic with our ST31 and immediately got the tone we were wanting. Sounds just like how the guitar sounds live.

    We have the mic 2" away from the speakercloth, pointed off-axis at about a 20 degree angle.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sterling Audio ST 31

    By webrack

    from Los Angeles, CA

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST31 Small Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

    The st 31 is a great sounding mic! Despite being a relatively new brand to the industry, the technology and experienced work behind it is amazing! Definitely on my must try list.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great For Anything!!!

    By Andrewvox

    from Tampa, FL

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST31 Small Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

    This mic is straight-up awesome. Its good for live, its good for recording, its the overall working mans mic. I use it on my acoustic guitar and it picks up just what I want it to.

    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    MIc to Noisy to Use

    By Ross

    from Kansas City, Kansas

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST31 Small Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

    I purchased the ST31 after reading the reviews, looked like a inexpensive mic to close mic brass and sax, I tried the mic on my Mackie mixer, The self noise was so high I could not hear the other channels, over 40 Db. I think it was a bad mic, sounded like the ocean, I put three other mics on the same wire and channel without issue. I returned the mic, to Guitar Center for a full refund.

     
    5.0

    Awesome Sound

    By Mark Owens

    from Lexington, KY

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST31 Small Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

    This mic gets an awesome sound when miking my classical guitar. Hook this mic up to a good acoustic amp and you one great sound!!

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Excellent mic but...

    By Braulio Soto

    from Mexico

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST31 Small Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

    I use this in the worst audio conditions, in a close space with lots of echo, traying to mic a piano or guitar I found it really hard to equalize to avoid the most problematic frequencies and feedback, I used to mic with pg81 with no problems and excelent results, I?m not telling this is a bad mic, but doesn?t work for mi needs, I will use it on my studio, then I post a new review.

     
    5.0

    My Favorite Snare Mic (for recording)

    By RICHARD

    from Arlington, Tx

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST31 Small Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

    My snare of choice is a PorkPie Cherry/Bubinga. I've tried sm57, i5, sm7b, and an EV n/d408b for years. The st31 is the only one of all these I've used that can truly handle the spl without coloring the tone, or at least without excluding most of the rest of the tone besides the thwack. I can use it at multiple distances and angles for an array of usable tones. Even with blaring cymbals and hats, my current sweet spot is one inch directly over the rim aimed across to almost the center. Which brings up my only negative point about this microphone: how can this mic be marketed as a hypercardiod with so much off-axis bleed? The diaphragm is totally exposed. BUT... because its a pencil mic, I easily wrapped some one inch thick acoustic foam around the outside windscreen with a strip of Velcro. I'll try to upload a pic of it. Now, I have even less hihat and cymbal bleed than ever. PLUS... the original bleed actually made my hihat sound slightly better than both pairs of OHs I already have, too bad about the unmanageable levels. Which led me to consider buying a couple more as overheads. Which I did. And WOW... for that price, you WON'T find better overhead mics. Overall I'm very happy with my 3 st31s and I'm even more happy that I can finally stop looking for "the right" mics.

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