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Aston Origin
The multi-award winning Aston Origin is a high-performance cardioid condenser microphone utilising a one inch (1") gold evaporated capsule. It's versatile enough to use with any instrument and, for singer-songwriters, excels on acoustic guitar and vocals. Its hand-selected capsule is paired with high-end transformerless circuitry using only the finest components.

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

Features
Wave-Form Spring Head - 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.
Built-In Pop Filter - 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 drastically eliminating unwanted plosives at source.
Direct to Stand Mounting - Features custom moulded end caps with integrated XLR and universal stand thread adaptor.
PCB Circuitry - A superbly balanced mix of discrete and integrated electronic circuitry. Non-linear voltage/current source rectification to provide controlled amplification and smooth/ clear audio output.

Specifications
Transducer Type: Condenser
Acoustic Operating Principle: Pressure Gradient
Directional Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz (+/-3dB)
Equivalent Noise Level: 18dB A-Weighted
Sensitivity (@1kHz into 1kohm): 23.7mV/Pa
Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%: 127dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (rel. 94dB SPL): 76dB A-Weighted
Pad Switch: -10dB
Low-Cut Filter: 80Hz
Microphone length: 125 mm / 4.92 in
Microphone width: 54 mm / 2.13 in
Microphone weight: 450 g / 0.99 lb

The Most Versatile Mic(s) in my collection0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCalgary North, Alberta
I initially picked up one of the mics to try as a mono overhead mic on my drum kit to capture more of a "kit sound" as opposed to mainly cymbals. After a few weeks of tracking with it, I was hooked... so I picked up a second. In the few years I've had them now, I've used them as even used one as a voice over mic. I did a side by side blind comparison with a Neumann U89, and had a another producer friend of mine take both files and give me his thoughts... again not knowing which take came from which mic, ALL of his praise came to the Origin. He thought it must have been the U89 because he was so impressed with it... it was not. Smooth mids, great low end presence, and nothing too colourful in the top end. Just a really GREAT sounding mic, with a huge amount of versatility. Plus... they look cool. The only, very minor critique I can offer is, in order to get them to angle on a mic stand, you need to purchase an additional shock mount, which aren't cheap (Aston Swift - $80, or the Rycote - $100). I haven't purchased them to this point, and just use boom stands and angle the arms in the way I need them, which has been ok, but it would have been nice to include at least a basic or mount. Can't say enough great things about the Aston Origin - Get One.... NOW!
Posted by Jesse Simon on Apr 15, 2020
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Just cut a vocal session with it3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreEdmonton Highlands, Alberta
Just recorded a vocal cut through it at a professional studio, the engineer wouldn't tell me what it was when I asked him, he just said it sounded good. And I was thoroughly impressed, I had never heard of it prior to using it, and listening back to the takes everything sounded crisp and musical. I was actually surprised at how relatively inexpensive this mic is. Wouldn't hesitate to buy one after that experience.
Posted by Brian on Jun 25, 2018
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Well tested2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreLangley, British Columbia
Did comparison with equally and more expensive mics. For a deeper voice this is so much better than Shure. Had issue with low output but was just an anomaly as replacement was much better. A vocal frequency sweep shows even frequency levels. Clarity is perfect. Beware: it picks up everything (as a good mic should). Smacks of quality.
Posted by Ray Girard on Dec 21, 2017
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True studio workhorse2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreKanata, Ontario
I own a pair of these and continue to be pleased with how well they work on so many sources. Recently i did a session with two of these wrapped up in Aston Halo reflection filters as my over heads on drums. The sound they captured was very detailed, with great mid range detail. Cymbals sounded very clear, transient detail is very nice. Crazy good performance from a mic this affordable.
Posted by Jon VW on Oct 5, 2017
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Aston Origin Microphone [Product Demonstration]
Description: Ray Wilson from Yorkville Sound talks about the Aston Origin large diaphragm condenser microphone.