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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > May-16 > ASTON MICROPHONES Spirit


Aston’s second mic is another large-diaphragm condenser. Mike Hillier enters the Spirit world…

Choice 9/10 MusicTech

A few months back, we got our hands on the first of Aston Microphones’ new products; the Aston Origin. To say we were impressed is to put things lightly. This new contender seemed to have it all. It sounded great on guitars, piano, in front of a drum kit… and on vocals, it was winning shoot-outs against some of the most sought-after vocal mics in the world. So when a second Aston microphone turned up for review, we found ourselves wondering what more they could bring to the table.

At first glance, the Spirit looks almost the same as the Origin. It’s a little taller, but the body is the same rugged tumbled-steel, with the same wave-form mesh head which gives the Aston mics their unique aesthetic.

Other than the taller body, the only other feature that visually distinguishes the Spirit from the Origin is the presence of a pattern switch between the pad and filter switches. The Spirit is capable of cardioid, omni and figure-eight patterns, giving it a versatility the Origin didn’t have.

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