Aston Origin Cardioid Condenser Microphone

This transformerless fixed-cardioid condenser delivers natural, transparent sound on vocals, acoustic guitar and more -- all in an extremely sturdy package.

The Aston Origin is a high-performance cardioid condenser microphone utilizing a one inch (1") gold evaporated capsule. It is versatile enough to use with most instruments and excels on acoustic guitar and vocals. Its hand-selected capsule is teamed with high-end transformer-less circuitry using only the best components.

The Origin is designed to deliver direct, smooth and intimate sound... for a natural and transparent recording.

The Aston Origin has a signature wave-form mesh head. This unique design not only looks great, but delivers an unprecedented degree of protection for the heart of your microphone, the capsule. The shock resistant wave-form design allows the head of the mic to distort if given a heavy knock, and then return to its normal position, without any damage at all. It also offers a degree of off-axis rejection, helping to eliminate unwanted artifacts from your recordings.

Aston's vocal condenser microphones have an exclusive mesh-knit pop filter built into the wave-form head. The random weave allows sound to pass while virtually eliminating unwanted plosives at source. It also shields against multiple wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation making Aston's microphones ideal in critically sensitive electronic applications. This completely encapsulating, single piece, mesh cage is formed in stainless steel, so won't rust with use, and can even be removed and washed.

Yet another unique design element of the Aston Origin, is the use of custom molded end caps read more with integrated XLR and stand adaptor. No other mic has this. Because the internal shock absorption system is so good, you can mount the microphone directly to a stand via this built in, and interchangeable thread adapter. The design also makes Aston microphones extremely easy to repair and maintain.

Part of the beauty of Aston's microphones is the custom finish of each chassis. There are no mass-produced paint job finishes here... instead, each chassis is individually tumbled for up to 4 hours to give it a very hard-wearing, and extremely beautiful, finish. To perfect the look, each microphone is separately engraved with its legends, and the brand mantra... 'The art of performance'


- Superbly balanced mix of discrete and integrated electronic circuitry.
- Harmonized circuit stage arrangement for easy integration from phantom power input circuitry to capsule voltage bias.
- A novel non-linear voltage/current source rectification to provide controlled amplification and smooth/ clear audio.

Eco-Friendly Packaging

When it comes to packaging Aston believes simplicity is king. Protective, re-useable, environmentally sensible packaging that doesn't cost the earth.
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- Mic body diameter: 54 mm
- Transducer Type: Condenser
- Acoustic Operating Principle: Pressure Gradient
- Directional Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz (+/-3 dB)
- Equivalent Noise Level: 18dB A-Weighted
- Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm: 23.7 mV/Pa
- Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%: 127 dB
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (rel. 94dB SPL): 76 dB A-Weighted
- Pad Switch: -10 dB
- Low-Cut Filter: 80 Hz
- Power: 48 Volt Phantom power (+/- 4 Volts) is required for operation
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 5 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AST ORIGIN

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Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (4 ratings)
Submitted September 3, 2016 by William H in Pittsburgh, PA

"Work horse"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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This microphone made me get rid of my Tlm 107.. Never thought I'd see that day but I did! Great for vocals.
Neumann u87
Ease of Use
Built like a tank
Worth waaaaay more then the price point.
Manufacturer Support
Great support
The Wow Factor
Blew my mind first time I plugged it in.

Musical Background:

10 years

Musical Style:

Hip-hop, R&B
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