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Aston Microphones

Our sporadic series of interviews focusing on the brands and people within the music-production industry continues with the new microphone kids on the block: Aston Microphones. With two MusicTech awards under its belt already, this is a brand that looks set to grow and grow…

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Aston Microphones


Aston Microphones has only been in existence for a few months, but has already received rave reviews in MusicTech, winning 10/10 for the Origin, a fixed cardioid, large-diaphragm condenser mic, and 9/10 for the Spirit, a large-diaphragm condenser mic a couple of months later. With more products planned for 2016, we caught up with MD James Young…

The Aston team (l to r): Jack Munro (Designer), James Young (MD), Phil Smith (Operations) and Alan Gavin (International Sales)

MusicTech: Let’s start with the history… James Young: Phil Smith and I founded Sonic Distribution in 2002. Today, we represent a number of premium brands including Waves, J Rockett, On-Stage plus MunroSonic and Rupert Neve Designs in which we also have ownership. Together with Mitch Carey, we also founded and created the mic brand sE Electronics from the company’s formation in 2002, through to July 2014, when this long-standing partnership met an untimely end. For years, I’d wanted to bring mic manufacturing back to the UK to follow the model we achieved with our speaker brand, MunroSonic. With this in mind, and now missing the mic brand we’d spent 12 years building, we decided the best way to show the world what we were really made of, was to do it all again, better, and in the UK. So Aston Microphones Ltd was conceived in January 2015, established in September and launched to market two months later. As well as being MD, I’m also creative director for the Aston brand, and heavily involved in product development.

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