Many of you won’t have heard of Aston microphones, and to tell you the truth, I had never actually laid my hands on one until this week. Having spent a little time with their Origin condenser microphone, I can now say that I am glad I got the opportunity. Coming from a small production team in the UK, these microphones are set to change what you think about vocal and instrument recording. You simply need to hear them to know what is on offer.
With the intense scrutiny that is put over these microphones in the manufacturing process, you can be pretty certain you are in for something special even before you plug it in. Right out of the box, it is easy to see that there is a sense of pride associated with the making of these British microphones. The first thing you find is a little metal Aston badge you proudly wear on your jacket. Once you have stuck that somewhere, one gets to the microphone itself. It is obvious right away that this hasn’t come out of some high volume factory process, and what you have is a carefully crafted tool made to exacting standards purpose. The casing and protective grille have a very industrial, unfinished metal look to them and the design is quite striking. A simple Pad switch and HPF offer some control, but the rest is left to the capsule to do its magic.
Aston tirelessly tested and retested their capsules in blind listening processes with 33 big names in the British music recording and production business, referencing other classic capsules until they found the perfect solution for their own. There has been a lot of effort put into the making of these capsules and you hear it when you record. There is nothing harsh in how these sound, but rather a very gentle warmth and clarity that allows it to be used in a range of applications.
For both vocals and acoustic guitars, this microphone sounds very sweet indeed and has a tonal characteristic that will have it sitting apart in the mix alongside other sources with different microphones. This is what is really important about the Origin. As it offers a beautiful sound, it also offers one with a different flavour to just about any capsule you might have in your microphone collection. So, just when you thought you didn’t need another microphone, an Aston Origin is going to change your thought process indeed.
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Hits and Misses
Simple, elegant and industrial design
Clear, crisp and yet warm audio capture
Offers a different flavour to any other microphone you might own
No cradle, clip or mount of any sort supplied