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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • Rugged vinyl zipper case included
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
 
4.4

(based on 26 reviews)

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    (18)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Returning this piece of junk

Microphone was dead out of the box. No signal comes from it when plugged in to an interface with phantom 48v power.

Microphone upon further research is just junk. terrible quality...Read complete review

Microphone was dead out of the box. No signal comes from it when plugged in to an interface with phantom 48v power.

Microphone upon further research is just junk. terrible quality sound (tinny), poorly made and completely unreliable.

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(54 of 60 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!

By J-ride

from Yucca Valley, CA

Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

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.

(36 of 44 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent mic for the price!

By David D.

from Orlando, FL

Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

This mic is absolutely perfect for small studio applications. The vocal clarity is on the one and the details are impeccable. I would recommend this mic to everyone building a small home studio with a limited budget.

(30 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Honestly, this is a really good mic.

By strumNmelody

from Chicago, IL

Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

I got this mic as a gift from my girlfriend who had no idea what she was buying. However, it turned out great because it is such a good mic for the price. I'm sure you can probably get impeccable quality from a more expensive mic in a more serious studio setting, but if you're like me and in my basement with a project studio, then this mic is a great starting point (and possibly a keeper as you move on). It's warm and smooth just like a good condenser mic should be. No glitches so far from my end. Note to the beginner, of course you need to power this puppy - so buy an interface or some sort of Phantom Power to make sure it works. PS - the black finish is so beautiful, my preference compared to a silver (kinda like a good SLR)

(24 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I LOVE THIS MIC

By Clifton L. Boyd

from Sherman Texas

Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

I have this mic in my project studio and this is my mic of choice. I have about 3 other mics but this is the one I use on all of my vocals! It is so detailed and clear!! It picks up every little sound you throw at it. If your looking for a GREAT mic that won't burn your pocket, this is it. Try it, I know you will be pleased.

(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awesome!!!! worth every penny!!

By shawn

from killeen, tx

Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

i just bought this today, it was an absolute upgrade from my mxl 990. i did like my 990 and seemed to defend it quite often but bang for buck this one tops the charts. i recorded a female country vocalist with it today and the vocals were so warm and true. i almost am afraid to edit now. worth every penny!!!!

(19 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent

By tribe

from orlando, FL

Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

This is an excellent mic for just about anything. It captures every hint of vocals and is the closest thing to the human ear. For guitar amps it's a great room mic, it rounds out the frequencies and make the amp sound warm. Same thing for bass amps. I have not used it on drums yet but i own 2 ST31 and they are amazing. I highly recommend this mic for anyone that is on a tight budget.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Killer Bargain

By Justin

from Saint Joseph, MO

Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

I've used this mic for acoustic and for vocals and I am very impressed with the sounds it gets form my acoustic. The vocals are fairly clear. Overall this mic is a great tool for those with a small budget like myself.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great mic

By the green eyed monsta

from tucson, az

Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

i wish i had 4 hands so i could give this mic 4 thumbs up. i love this mic. i made my vocals sound that much more crisp. its a steal .. highly suggest this mic for professional sounding vocals in your home or professional studio

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fabulous mic for a great price

By Mary

from San Diego, CA

Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

This microphone was given to me as a gift and I was pretty amazed at the clarity and sound that it produced. It does require phantom power but that problem is solved with an interface. This microphone boasts beautiful sound and I am absolutely in love with it (and thankful that the person who bought it for me didn't go broke doing so!) I highly recommend this, starter mic or not, it's wonderful.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Mic, Great price

By Christopher Adams

from CT

Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

I was pretty skeptical at first to be honest, for the price I didn't really expect much. But the clarity and response is quite good, my recordings pick up things i didn't even notice when playing. The bass reproduction is very good, maybe a little too good. This mic definitely favors the top and bottom end of the frequency spectrum, which is nice for me because it suits both my voice and my guitar (a parlor size).

(7 of 7 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!!!!

(4 of 24 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.

(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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works on everything

By Paul

from California

Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

I've been using this mic for one full year now. I was recording a band and the vocalist brought over this ST51 to try on vocals and screaming, I was like sure why not. Ever sense then I have not used another mic.

(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.

(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.

(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!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great low cost microphone

By Chrisjames

from Tucson, AZ

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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...

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOOOOOOW!

By geminitwinworld/youtube

from chicago,il

Comments about Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone:

this mic is excellent! it can pick up a mouse going across your floor in the background! (not that i have any mind you)but thats how sensitive,the pick-up is so you definately need foam surrounded booth for this mic(a must have) i recomend it for all beginners in the production software game if your just getting started this is your mic the price is right if guitar center keeps it that way? it will sell massively!bravo sterling and guitar center for the price for the struggling producers.... THANK YOU!!!!

(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!

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