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Introducing the Aston Microphones Starlight, the world's first laser aligning small diaphragm condenser microphone. Use the integrated and bypassable laser guide to recall mic position in studio use, lightning quick setup in live applications, and ensure that in stereo positioning situations each mic is truly in it's optimal position. This microphone first showcases Aston’s unique variable voice switching for sound shaping, a nearly indestructible build quality, Aston’s signature sintered head and tumbled 100% stainless steel chassis. The Starlight features a 20mm cardioid capsule hand-picked by a panel of more than 50 top producers in double blind listening tests conducted during 2016. FEATURES: Laser-alignment: Class 2 laser for placement accuracy and recording recall Sintered Metal Head: Innovative design helps shape acoustic response and provides almost indestructible capsule protection Voice Switching: 3-position voicing switch: Vintage, Modern and hybrid settings for ultimate flexibility Chassis: 1.5mm solid stainless steel laser cut and etched body Discrete Mic Amp Circuit (PCB): Market leading electronic design THE LASER The addition of a Class 2 laser to the Starlight SDC, with on/off switch, allows the user to recall mic positions in the studio so set up can be easily replicated. It also means, for touring bands, that mic positions can be marked off on drums etc, and set-up becomes a breeze. It’s a world’s first and a big leap in helping to get a consistent sound whatever the situation. SINTERED METAL HEAD Sintering is not new to the mic world, though seldom used. Aston has taken the technology a step or 2 further than ever before. Aston tested many thicknesses of sintered head, as well as the average size of the sinter spheres, and combined that with nickel plate which is controlled to only a few nanometers thickness to achieve near perfect acoustic porosity. In addition the head is virtually indestructible, so like all Aston microphones, it can take any amount of studio or even live use and will never let you down. VOICE SWITCHING Yet another remarkable step-up in technology, performance and cool features! The Starlight has 3 modes of operation, courtesy of some very fancy front-end filtering between the capsule and PCB. You can chose between Vintage, Modern and Hybrid settings to get the perfect tone response for your application - guitar cab, drums, strings, even vocals. Whatever the application, you’ll get a perfect fit for your music, and each setting has been carefully tuned to give superb top-flight performance, way beyond Starlight’s price point. CHASSIS Now deeply rooted as part of Aston’s beautiful engineered looks, and rugged un-killable performance, Starlight utilizes a 1.5mm solid stainless steel chassis, tumbled for up to 4 hours to achieve our signature finish. Beauty, and a beast! DISCRETE MIC AMP CIRCUIT (PCB) Starlight employs an extremely fine-tuned discrete mic amp circuit with high-spec components, to achieve an extremely sensitive, low noise design with loads of headroom. This allows the Starlight to handle quiet or very loud sources without compromising noise or tonal performance. Crucially, the higher output level of the Starlight’s output stage allows microphone preamps to operate with lower gain, where their distortion performance is at its best. The final result is a beautifully clean and detailed sound. The Starlight’s voicing control employs inductive active filters at the front-end of the microphone circuit to alter the response of the capsule without adding any noise to the circuit. The benefit of this means that the voicing switch is effectively the equivalent of changing the capsule to achieve different tonal characteristics and frequency response. ECO-FRIENDLY PACKAGING We have put our hearts and minds into creating the most beautiful performance pieces possible with each Aston product. When it comes to packaging Aston Microphones believe simplicity is king. Protective, re-useable, environmentally sensible packaging that doesn’t cost the earth.

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Affordable LDC Microphone With Multiple Voicings

I'm a big fan of their clean off axis response. I'm hoping to compare them to the GZ transformer SDC and the Aston Starlight one day.

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Looking for Vocal mic for Female lead vocals in home studio

The Warm 47 jr is probably going to be nicer with a nasal voice than a Warm 87. My current favorite for vocals that don’t need a mid-high boost is the Aston Starlight switched to the “vintage” position. It has a capsule larger than most SDCs, but not large enough for the LDC designation.

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Condenser x Dynamic Mic (What Are The Differences Electrically?)

...allow the pre-preamp inside the mic to output. I own stereo pairs of the Line Audio CM3 and the Aston Starlight. The CM3's put out 6mV at 94dB SPL, and the Starlights put out 42mV at 94dB SPL. The dynamic microphone's diaphragm is attached to a coil and moves within a magnetic field....

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