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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Sep-16 > ASTON MICROPHONES Halo


Accompanying the two microphones in the Aston range is Halo, a reflection filter. Can it improve the sound of the Origin and Spirit? Mike Hillier investigates…

We’ve been very impressed with both the Origin and Spirit mics from Aston Microphones. These large-diaphragm condenser mics performed far beyond our expectations, winning blind shootouts against some of our favourite (and most expensive) mics. Now they are joined by Halo, a reflection filter.

Halo is made from a patented PET (polyethylene terephthalate) felt: this is a lightweight material, with some very efficient acoustic-absorption properties. The material is also eco-friendly, being made from 70-per-cent recycled PET plastic bottles. Unlike most other reflection filters, the PET felt shield itself is not simply a ‘U’ shape, absorbing reflections from the back and sides, but instead is a hemisphere, which means it will also be able to absorb reflections coming from the floor or ceiling. The textured and waveformed surface is designed to help diffuse the direct sound further, so that any reflections that do reach the mic are more diffuse. This should sound more natural, and produce less unwanted comb-filtering.

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The new issue of MusicTech is all about mastering your music, and mastering it for everywhere! These days you have to master for various outlets so your music needs to sound professional not just in the studio but online too. We have guides to the whole process, the whys, and hows. We also interview leading mastering engineers about the joys of vinyl mastering and other challenges modern mastering experts face. There's well over 1GB of free samples on the DVD plus 2 hours of tutorials and a bumper set of reviews and workshops too. Make music and master it now!