British Microphone Brand Sontronics Release Range of Affordable Mics
Inspired by their bestselling STC-1 and STC-2, Sontronics have released three new microphones designed for the most affordable end of the market.
STC-10 is a pencil-style cardioid condenser microphone which is ideal for spot miking applications particularly proving a winner when used on drums, percussion and acoustic instruments. The STC-10 has also proved useful in film production work when used on a boom. Although the STC-10 has been designed with affordability in mind, it still features a built-in attentuation switch (choose 0dB or -10dB) and a low-cut filter (75Hz) to make it extremely flexible in all situations. The STC-10 is supplied with a simple mic clip and a foam windshield to prevent sibilance.
STC-20 is a large-diaphragm condenser mic with a cardioid condenser pattern and featuring the same one-inch, gold-sputtered capsule as found in STC-2, housed within a large open grille. Despite its incredible affordability, the STC-20 delivers brilliant results in most studio applications, particularly on male and female vocals, speech and voiceover, broadcast and acoustic guitars. Sontronics' spider-style shockmount (in black) and aluminium flightcase will be available to purchase separately.
STC-2X is a large diaphragm omni/cardioid condenser mic featuring a one-inch gold-sputtered capsule within the large open grille and boasts a switch on the back to flick between cardioid and omni-directional patterns. STC-2X features a two-stage attenuation switch (-10dB and -20dB) and a two-stage low-cut filter (75Hz and 150Hz). STC-2X performs excellently in a wide range of recording situations, particularly male and female vocals, speech/voiceover, acoustic guitar and acoustic instruments. Thanks to its omnidirectional option, the STC-2X is also a great mic for interviews, podcasts and round-table conference situations. Available in black or silver, the mic is supplied in a rugged aluminium flightcase with a co-ordinated spider-style shockmount. The unique nature of the omni/cardioid patterns on the STC-2X means there is very little competition to this mic in the current market – take advantage of it!
And not forgetting...
As well as the new microphones, Sontronics also released a new accessory, the ST-PAD/PHASE. Developed in response to many users asking us how to handle signal overload, particularly in relation to ribbon mics when miking very loud sound sources, the ST-PAD/PHASE provides attenuation via two switchable -10dB stages, providing you with ample assistance to tame powerful audio signals.
The product also features a -180° phase inversion switch which can be very helpful when microphones are placed in close proximity to the sound source and phase-correlation is a problem. A common example is when miking the top and bottom of a snare drum - simply plug in ST-PAD/PHASE to one of the mics and invert the phase for fantastic, phase-accurate results.
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The new ST-PAD/PHASE is a must-have gadget that is useful for all recording applications and all microphones. It was Developed by Sontronics in response to many users asking how to handle signal overload. When an audio signal is too powerful it can overload the sensitive circuitry of the microphone (especially when using ribbon mics), resulting in uncontrollable distortion. For example,…
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