Aston Microphones Spirit Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone with Cardioid, Omni, and Figure-8 Polar Patterns, 1" Gold-evaporated Capsule, and Built-in Pop Filter
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High-performance, High-value Condenser

The Aston Microphones Spirit is a unique-looking, high-performance large-diaphragm condenser mic with three selectable polar patterns and a 1" gold-evaporated capsule. Cardioid, omni, and figure-8 patterns, plus a 10/20dB pad and 80Hz highpass filter make this mic an all-around studio and stage workhorse. The Spirit delivers a lovely, open sound with shimmering harmonics. Sweetwater engineers have found the Spirit to be accurate and versatile, excelling in most applications, especially on vocals and acoustic guitars. The build quality is outstanding: Aston has hand-selected the capsule and paired it with a high-end transformer and balanced circuitry employing top-drawer components. The Spirit delivers a true and transparent-sounding rendition of the source, capturing treble detail without a trace of harshness. If you're after quality on a budget, Aston Microphones' Spirit is highly recommended.

Aston Microphones Spirit at a Glance:
  • Wave-form mesh head with built-in pop filter
  • Unique chassis and end cap design
Wave-form mesh head with built-in pop filter

The Spirit features Aston's signature wave-form mesh head which not only looks cool, but provides rugged protection for the mic's internals. If subjected to a forceful ding, the shock-resistant wave-form grille allows the head of the mic to distort, then return to its normal position without damage. It also offers a measure of off-axis rejection, helping to diminish unwanted ambient sound. Built into the wave-form head is a mesh-knit pop filter that eliminates plosives in vocal performances. This single-piece mesh cage is made of stainless steel, so it's rustproof; you can even remove and wash it!

Unique chassis and end cap design

Did we mention how striking this mic looks? To achieve its hard-wearing, eye-catching finish, your Spirit's chassis has been tumbled individually for up to four hours, with the engraving applied afterward. A custom-molded end cap with integrated XLR and built-in, interchangeable mic stand thread adapter is another unique aspect of the design. In light of the mic's superior onboard shock absorption, you can mount it directly to a mic stand - which also makes it easy to repair and maintain.

Aston Microphones Spirit Features:
  • Large-diaphragm pressure-gradient condenser microphone with variable polar patterns
  • Polar pattens switchable between Cardioid, Omni, and Figure-8
  • 1" gold-evaporated capsule; protective wave-form mesh head with built-in pop filter
  • Innovative blend of discrete and integrated circuitry
  • Optimized circuit stage scheme from phantom power input circuit to capsule voltage bias
  • Unique nonlinear voltage/current source rectification
  • Shock-resistant, wave-form mesh head with built-in pop filter
  • Unique, individually tumbled chassis finish
  • Custom-molded end cap with integrated XLR and interchangeable mic stand thread adapter
  • Onboard 10/20dB pad and 80Hz highpass filter
  • 48-volt phantom power required for operation
Fortify your mic locker with Aston Microphones' Spirit!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Mono/Stereo Mono
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8
Diaphragm Size 1" gold evaporated
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz (+/- 3dB)
Max SPL 138dB SPL
Signal to Noise Ratio 80dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 14dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 80Hz
Pads -20dB, -10dB
Power Source 48V phantom power
Color Silver
Connector XLR
Weight 1.38 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number AST-SPIRIT

Customer Reviews

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Really terrific, affordable microphone!!

The Aston Spirit is just a fantastic microphone. It's built incredibly well, feels substantial in your hand, has the three pattern selection of mics twice it's price and really sounds fantastic on just about anything that I've recorded with it so far. The bottom thread mount makes it really easy to position on amps, boom stands, inside of pianos, just about anywhere. I am really impressed with the craftsmanship and the sound of these in a stereo setting (bought two) and I'm looking forward to adding the Origin and Starlights to the mic locker. Only downside is that there's no hard case for these, but that's easy enough to pick up.

Aston Microphone Spirit

This mic is one of the best mics I have heard in a long time. It holds it's own against the high priced legendary mics that are out there no problem at all.

Well worth the price of admission

I would give this rating 5-stars, but I've honestly only worked with a few high-end mics on a limited basis, so I really don't have much to compare it with. My main vocal mic has been a Rode K2 and a variety of cheaper mics & mods through some pretty good signal chains, and the K2 has never letting me down. I've used the K2 on fly-in sessions to Nashville & Memphis, so even though the K2 is a tube-based cardioid condenser, the Spirit competes heartily. I've used the Spirit on vocals, acoustic guitars, horns, percussion, and as an omni-room mic, and it does an awesome job. Some cheaper mics have that shrill, break-up thing going on in the extreme frequencies, but not this mic. Running it through my Neve 1073 is addictive. I haven't even tried it yet through my API pres. I'm definitely eyeing two of the Origins just to have in the mic locker. Get one, or get two. You won't be disappointed. Incredible value.
Music background: Producer, Performer, Studio Owner, Instructor

Great Multipurpose Mic

The Aston Spirit isn't as great as many have been raving about , but it is good and gets the job done when used properly. Much better than anything I've heard at this price so far. I've owned this mic for a few months now, At first listen you might think it's just "okay" and not anything special but when ran through effects and outboard gear is where it really shines. Recordings take EQ very well, there is not a harsh high end like most cheap chinese microphones. It's a microphone that can actually be mixed with. We've compared it to the Audio Technica 2020 and the Neumann TlM 103 and to be honest the 2020 beat the Spirit when recording acapella but didn't sound better in the mix. The 103 did outshine it though on vocals and was easier to get the desired sound we wanted. I would say this is a fairly neutral and balanced mic but with this weird high end that sounds thin and wispy but not in a bad way. Over time this unique character tone faded away and it sound more balanced. Singing vocals sound lush and airy with a bit of weight and it really shines on acoustic guitar . For Rap/Hip Hop Vocals I wouldn't say it is the greatest with, it's not aggressive or forward sounding enough. I can say the Mic is very beautiful to look at though, it has a futuristic look with it's brushed aluminum and innovative head basket. It doesn't look cheap and doesn't sound cheap I would recommnend this to anyone looking for a cost effective recording solution.

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Ryan Lehnertz

I needed an condenser microphone to record acoustic guitar on a budget, so I picked up an Aston Spirit. It more than met my expectations. Its smooth high-end response and open sound not only complement my own Washburn, they make it excellent for any acoustic guitar I record. I keep finding more uses for this affordable mic, and it's one I'm always happy to recommend.

Ryan Lehnertz

Over the past decade, I've used many different microphones on acoustic guitars in my home studio. I took a chance on an Aston Microphones Spirit, and tried it on my Washburn acoustic. It impressed me from the moment I started tracking. I expected this affordable mic to be good, but I had no idea how much natural depth it could deliver. Its midrange response is organic, and it captures the brightness of the strings. At the same I get the low-end body I need to complement the mids and highs. The result is a balanced tone I hardly need to touch in my DAW.
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