Anyone tested or used the Aston Microphones Spirit yet?

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  1. miyaru

    miyaru Active Member

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    Maybe I'm in the market for a new mic, and a friend of mine just bought two Aston Origins. These seem to slightly differ from the spirit ones. Logical, it's a different beast. Anyway these sound good as I know now, but how do you guys feel about the Spirit? Is it worth the money? I have a Rode Nt1a right now, but am not to happy about it - to harsh........ To much aggregated highs.

    Hope to hear from you guys and girls around here.
     
  2. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

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    Hi Miyaru,
    I don't own any of those mics but I heard alot of good things about them.
    The question you should be asking yourself is what is missing in your mic arsenal.
    The origin is said to be cleaner than the spirit which is more colored.
    Also the spirit is a multi-patern mic, having a figure of 8 mic is a good addition if you don't have one
    You see you may not need any of them depending on what you already own.. or both could be wrong choices..
    Let say, I want to mic high frequency agressive sources, some guitar amps or violins or trompets etc.. I'd probably want to go with a dynamic mic instead or a condenser that thame them a bit, like the mini K47 or other mics with the same capsule ;)

    So what are you looking for precisely ?
     
  3. miyaru

    miyaru Active Member

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    I own a bunch of pencil mics from shure, a sm57, an AT 3035, a Stagg LDC and a Rode NT1a - not to fancy at all all together.........

    I want the Aston Spirit for mostly female vocals. I have a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 interface running a i7 PC with Ableton Live Suite 10.1 and a Push2.
     
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  4. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

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    Reading you have a nice selection already, that's great.
    I think the Spirit can be a nice addition.. If only you could find a supplier that allows returns, you could buy with more confidence.
    All the mics I own found their purpose, combine with the right preamp an placement. Sometime their used became different that they were planned to when I bought them..

    Other things to consider is the timber of the vocal itself and the music style.
    If you get some nazal vocal, again the Mini K47 is a surprisingly good choice for less money.
    https://roswellproaudio.com/products/mini-k47

    Around the same price of the Spirit, there is 2 other choices that you might want to consider :
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/de...io-ma-50-large-diaphragm-condenser-microphone
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/de...320-large-diaphragm-tube-condenser-microphone
     
  5. miyaru

    miyaru Active Member

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    Thanx for the replies, I will look at the suggested mics!!!! I will look and think about it........
     
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  6. kmetal

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    A Neumann tlm 102 is a high performer. Ive had good luck with an akg 414xls for male and female vocals, overheads, guitar amp, and room.

    Once i got the 414, my nt1a and 3035 got much less use. Love the 3035s still, rode got sold.
     
  7. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

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    My goto for female vocales is my DIY T12 (from microphone-parts.com) with my UA LA-610
    The T12 gives some airy HF presence which is well rounded by the LA-610 tubes. The combinaison gives a versatile somewhat pop sound.
    I also made a DIY T47 from the same supplier. The T47 has less HF and suite nazal voices well and can also sounds a bit retro.

    If I want to have a more transparent sound I'll use one of my KSM 44. They sound close to the 414 but with a bit sweeter HF. (depends on the version of the 414 of course)
    Good choice for those without highend preamps..

    I also get good results with a simple SM57 and an ISA preamp.. It all depends the source and your goal ;)
     
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  8. miyaru

    miyaru Active Member

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    I do not have a pre-amp at all - I use my Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 inteface for it. Not ideal, but I'm not a pro. I looked in tothe DIY road too, but I'm not good enough with the iron to do so.

    For now, saving money and later making choices - thanx all for the input!!!!!
     
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  9. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

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    The other obstacle people get is to find parts and designs but with microphone-parts.com you get everything you need + a color booklet instructions..
    If you could get better at soldering, they were very easy to build ;)

    There's also the used market if you get a trusted source..
     

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