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.
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.
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.
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.
Spirit Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone with Cardioid, Omni, and Figure-8 Polar Patterns, 1" Gold-evaporated Capsule, and Built-in Pop Filter More Info...