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Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone  

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The ST51 is an affordable, true-condenser large diaphragm recording microphone with outstanding sound and construction. The ST51's 6-micron, gold-evaporated Mylar diaphragm is optimized to capture def... Read More

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Overview

The ST51 is an affordable, true-condenser large diaphragm recording microphone with outstanding sound and construction. The ST51's 6-micron, gold-evaporated Mylar diaphragm is optimized to capture definition and detail for both vocal andinstrument recordings. Class-A FET circuitry provides unparalleled smoothness and warmth to your recordings.

Requires phantom power.

Features
  • Disk Resonator design extends high-frequencies naturally
  • Large 1.25" all brass capsule, hand assembled and oven baked for long term stable operation
  • Black nickel-plated all brass body
  • Stainless steel head and grille assembly
  • Custom-wound nickel core output transformer
  • HM-2 hard mount
Specifications
  • Preamp: Class-A FET
    Polar Pattern: Cardioid
    Frequency Response: 20Hz”18,000Hz
    Equivalent Noise: 22dB SPL”A Weighted
    Sensitivity: 32mV/Pa
    Maximum SPL: 134dB-144dB (adjustable w/pad)
    Typical Load Impedance: >500 ohms
    Output Source Impedance: 200 ohms transformer isolated
    Dimensions: 7.5" long, 1.8" max. dia.
    Weight: 1.2lb.
    Power: Phantom Power
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Sterling AudioST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone
 
4.8

(based on 22 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome!

Got this mic as a present and i seriously love it. The vocal clarity on it is soo crisp and clean. I was very surprised. I use this mic with the M-Audio Mobile...Read complete review

Got this mic as a present and i seriously love it. The vocal clarity on it is soo crisp and clean. I was very surprised. I use this mic with the M-Audio Mobile Pre USB audio interface. if you are a beginner with music. this mic is my recommendation for you. you wont be disappointed.

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Ehhh.....

I bought this mic a while ago cause it was cheap. It's just ehh. The quality is crisp, but nothing special. It sounds good but most of that is just attributed to the...Read complete review

I bought this mic a while ago cause it was cheap. It's just ehh. The quality is crisp, but nothing special. It sounds good but most of that is just attributed to the fact that its a condenser, period. Its the only Sterling mic I've ever used so I can't speak for their higher models, but I wouldn't recommend this mic.

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5.0

Best Studio Microphone for under $100

By CHMP

from Syracuse, NY

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

    Great Microphone, designed for Male Vocals. Easy setup, takes phantom power. I would highly recommend using a Pre-Amp with a Graphic Equalizer along with a pad to control sound. Mixing is easy, sound is crisp and clear and comes in ready to mix!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great low cost microphone

    By Chrisjames

    from Tucson, AZ

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

    This microphone is great if you use a decent preamp to power it. This is my second one, the price has dropped significantly since the first purchase. The sound is crisp, responds well to gain, and will give professional results. If you have great EQ and compression settings and a good preamp, that is.
    Only downside is the sensitivity. It's a super fragile mic. If it's dropped, it's done for. If it shakes even a little too much, watch out. I wouldn't even advise shipping this mic, because mine arrived dead on arrival. So now I have to go into the store and exchange it. So be careful...

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for Voiceovers

    By Mark Howell

    from Hollywood CA

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

    I'm a professional VO artist, and I use this mic for lots of my work. It's an EXCELLENT mic, but you may want to boost the highs a bit (easily done w/an equalizer or w/nearly all audio software that has equalizer-adjusting ability). A GREAT MIC, especially at this low price!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great mic!

    By Tom Mandrackie

    from Cincinnati, OH

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

    I use this mic for broadcasting a music show on and making promos for an internet radio station. The sound quality is awesome for this application! I have gotten many compliments on the quality of sound from my listeners, some of who've been in terrestrial radio for years! I would put this up against any other mic for this type of work.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great For Price

    By Julian

    from Forest Park, Il

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

    Got this a couple months back, pretty clear, very good for the price, vocals are crisp in the right setting. Good mic for starting up a studio.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing

    By Bill Friar

    from New York, NY

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

    I started an independent dance music label so that me and my friends can create from our passion and love of dance music. Because we started with just the passion and not much money, we weren't sure if we could afford the right equipment. After doing long intense research on the internet, I found what I thought would be perfect for our situation. So off I went to Guitar Center feeling confident knowledgeable, and wise. I told the sales person EXACTLY what I wanted and why. He (being more knowledgeable & wiser) talked me out of it. He suggested that I get Sterling Audio ST51 microphone along with the Native Instrument's Guitar Rig Session I/O USB Processor. I was skeptical but I went with his suggestion and glad that I did. He not only pointed me in the right direction for my needs, but saved me over $250.00 as well.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    the best mic i've ever had

    By Cedric

    from St. Paul, MN

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

    i bought this mic a couple months ago, and i've never had any problem with it. It picks up amazingly!! I use it for vox and acoustic guitar. My PA system is not the greatest but, whenever I use this mic, it sounds beautiful. I use this for some concerts, but mainly recording. I 100% recommend this mic. It's one of the best purchases i've ever made from Guitar Center.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    just gain my respect!

    By frankie

    from chicago

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

    soo let me just say i didn't want to spend the money for mic like this i didn't think it would of be worth it and i never heard of the brand before. but hey it was black friday so i brought it. when i used it for the first time. i was amazed! it is worth every penny. actually made my vocals sound good. its kinda of heavy but not a problem. perfect mic for the budget i would even pay more for the sound this mic puts out. get it!

    (4 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Ehhh.....

    By Zach D

    from Atlanta, GA

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

    I bought this mic a while ago cause it was cheap. It's just ehh. The quality is crisp, but nothing special. It sounds good but most of that is just attributed to the fact that its a condenser, period. Its the only Sterling mic I've ever used so I can't speak for their higher models, but I wouldn't recommend this mic.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Can't beat it for the price!!!!

    By TRAXX 1

    from Tennessee

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

    I have three other supposed to be higher end mic's and they don't have the clarity or sound as crisp as this mic. Every since I have purchased this mic. I have not used any other mic. It sounds good in padded and open rooms recording vocals or whatever. I strongly recommend using this mic. you will get the sound you want without it costing a lot of money!!!!

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