Aston Microphones Spirit by Akustudios
So the new Aston Spirit has been seemingly tested by every studio across the globe, I’ve heard some great feedback and I’ve seen these being tested for pretty much every aspect of studio use but I’ve not seen these used for heavy or aggressive vocals.
What interested me the most is the claim that this mic has a built in pop shield & also that the mic is so sturdy you don’t need a shock mount and for this reason I was sold on the idea.
Now let me get this straight I usually prefer a condenser for vocals, I have used the odd dynamic but it’s usually at the request of vocalists, this is down to the fact that vocalist claim they can’t get into the performance they want without having a physical mic in the hand.
To some degree I understand this, it’s an unusual setting and if you’re used to performing live with a sm58 this type of tracking is going to knock confidence and remove the singer from the type of mind set they need for great capture but to me nothing beats the sound of great condenser for vocals.
So we took a project and thought we would test the mic hand held, straight into the desk here’s a video of our findings, I’ve solo’d performances here of the mic handheld vs on a stand with a reflection filter.
So, my conclusion. I love this mic!
I was expecting a cheap Se electronic style mic for the price but what I got was a much better microphone than expected
There was literally zero noise from the mic itself, the capture was exactly what I was looking for and the pop shield held up pretty well here.
The biggest surprise was the amount of output I got from the mic, I hardly had to use any preamp to get a decent signal and considering this mic is a side address condenser I was able to track everything clear as a bell from the top of the mic.
Just to clarify, I liked this mic so much we went back and re tracked the entire vocals for the track.
Anyway, this is just my findings and my opinion but I thought I would share.
If anyone here has any experience with this mic or have any recommendations for mics to use for this type of vocals let me know