Inductive active filters to alter the response of the capsule
while limiting circuit noise.
The Aston AST-STARLIGHT/P Laser Targeting Pencil Microphone
Stereo Pair is the first ever laser targeting pencil microphone,
allowing for recall of mic position in studio use, and incredibly
quick and easy set up in live applications. This truly astonishing
microphone also showcases Aston's unique variable voice switching
for sound contouring, a nearly indestructible build quality, our
signature sintered head, and Aston's, now famous, tumbled 100%
stainless steel chassis.
The Starlight features a 20mm cardioid capsule hand-picked by
a panel of more than 50 top producers in double blind listening
tests conducted during 2016.
The addition of a Class 2 laser to our Starlight SDC, with
on/off switch, allows the user to recall mic positions in the
studio so set up can be easily replicated. It also means, for
touring bands, that mic positions can be marked off on drums etc,
and set-up becomes a breeze. It's a world's first and a big leap in
helping to get a consistent sound whatever the situation.
Sintered Metal Head
Sintering is not new to the mic world, though seldom used… but
we've taken the technology a step or 2 further than ever before. We
tested many thicknesses of sintered head, as well as the average
size of the sinter spheres, and combined that with nickel plate
which is controlled to only a few nanometres thickness to achieve
near perfect acoustic porosity. In addition the head is virtually
indestructible, so like all Aston mics, it can take any amount of
studio or even live use and will never let you down.
Yet another remarkable step-up in technology, performance and
cool features! The Starlight has 3 modes of operation, courtesy of
some very fancy front-end filtering between the capsule and PCB.
You can chose between Vintage, Modern and Hybrid settings to get
the perfect tone response for your application… guitar cab, drums,
strings, even vocals… whatever the application you'll get a perfect
fit for your music, and each setting has been carefully tuned to
give superb top-flight performance, way beyond Starlight's price
Now deeply rooted as part of Aston's beautiful engineered
looks, and rugged un-killable performance, Starlight utilises a
1.5mm solid stainless steel chassis, tumbled for up to 4 hours to
achieve our signature finish. Beauty, and a beast!
Discrete Mic Amp Circuit (PCB)
Starlight employs an extremely fine-tuned discrete mic amp
circuit with high-spec components, to achieve an extremely
sensitive, low noise design with loads of headroom. This allows the
Starlight to handle quiet or very loud sources without compromising
noise or tonal performance. Crucially, the higher output level of
the Starlight's output stage allows microphone preamps to operate
with lower gain, where their distortion performance is at its best.
The final result is a beautifully clean and detailed sound. The
Starlight's voicing control employs inductive active filters at the
front-end of the microphone circuit to alter the response of the
capsule without adding any noise to the circuit. The benefit of
this means that the voicing switch is effectively the equivalent of
changing the capsule to achieve different tonal characteristics and
We have put our hearts and minds into creating the most
beautiful performance pieces possible with each Aston product. When
it comes to packaging we believe simplicity is king. Protective,
re-useable, environmentally sensible packaging that doesn't cost
Handle quiet or very loud sources without compromising noise
or tonal performance.