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B Y PA U L V N U K J R .

Aston Microphones Origin
A new manufacturer launches a mic that's anything but ordinary
and a new mic-stand-mounted reflection
filter called the Halo. Aston's James
Young was one of the principal designers of the original sE Reflexion Filter.
Aside from the globally sourced capsules, the Origin and the Spirit are
100% built in the UK. Metalwork, internal components, and electronics are all
fabricated on British shores. Pricewise,
both models fall into the "entry level"
category, with the Origin carrying a
street price of $249 and the Spirit coming in at $399.
Elegant on the outside
The Origin sports a unique classy
industrial look. It's not an odd-shaped
sculptural conversation piece, like models

Aston Microphones is a UK-based
microphone manufacturer that launched
in December of 2015. By way of pedigree, many of the Aston team helped
build and shape the sE Electronics brand
over the past decade.
I was fortunate enough to get a prelaunch introduction to the company at
last October's 2015 AES show in New
York, complete with a hands on hushhush glimpse of the company's Origin
microphone. By early December I had a
pair in hand and was putting them
through their paces.
Currently Aston offers a trio of products: The cardioid pattern Origin
Microphone, the multi-patterned Spirit,
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from a few other "colorful" companies.
The mic itself is little more than a straight
tube design measuring 57/8" long and
21/8" in diameter.
What makes it stand out? It has a
rugged "au naturale" look, with the
body proper being made from 2mm
thick stainless steel that is rough-tumbled
for 4 hours to achieve its finish. All
nomenclature and markings are laser
etched into the body, and it sports a purple enamel Aston badge.
On top of this lives the truly unique part, a
headbasket design that Aston calls a WaveForm Mesh Head. This starts with a flexible
compression spring with a copper colored
patina. The primary benefit of this spring is
that it shifts and moves without breaking.



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