Thanks to voicing shaped by public opinion and a special capsule design that fuses traits of dynamic, ribbon, and condenser mics, the Aston Element Bundle microphone offers podcasters, voice-over artists, singers, and musicians the luxury of not having to choose between different mic types. Aston conducted open-submission blind listening tests with the public at large until the company settled on the materials and technologies that provided a studio-quality sound fine-tuned for vocals and acoustic instruments, whether they’re miked in the studio, at home, or even on stage.
In the construction of this mic, Aston devised a large-diaphragm, active moving-coil capsule technology called Ridyon, which blends the best performance qualities of dynamic, ribbon, and condenser capsule designs—the solid bass and enhanced off-axis rejection of dynamics, the organic sound of ribbons, and the high-end detail and ultralow noise of condensers. Plus, the mic comes with its own custom magnetic pop filter to control vocal plosives and a proprietary shockmount to inhibit vibration noise. Due to its active circuitry, the Element requires 48V phantom power from an XLR-connected preamp, mixer, or audio interface.
Designed with Your Help
The Aston Element was developed in conjunction with the musicians and producers who would ultimately be using it. More than 4000 people volunteered to participate in a series of blind listening tests, the results of which guided the Aston engineers in modifying the prototypes, until Element was outperforming not only direct rival mics but some far costlier options too.
The Ridyon capsule is an active moving-coil design, similar to a dynamic or ribbon in principle, but able to achieve a sound and performance more akin to a condenser. Utilizing 48V phantom power, the mic’s lightweight diaphragm delivers the sensitivity of a condenser, alongside the punchy bass and rejection capability of a dynamic mic as well as the open and natural sound of a ribbon. You get the best of all three, with none of the drawbacks.
Cardioid Polar Pattern
The microphone makes use of a directional cardioid polar pattern to minimize off-axis sound. This polar pattern naturally, yet effectively tamps down room tone and focuses the audio capture on what’s directly in front of the mic.
Included Pop Filter
Included in the Element bundle is a proprietary magnetic pop filter which attaches in seconds. This pop filter keeps virtually all plosives and esses at bay. Aston has shielded the magnets from the capsule so the sound remains free of artifacts.
A stylish and highly effective shockmount, included as part of the mic bundle, has been designed specifically for the Aston Element to eliminate undesirable vibrations.
Features at a Glance
- Large-diaphragm active moving-coil studio microphone
- Tailored for vocals, acoustic instruments, and electric guitars
- Voicing developed by public vote
- Specially developed Ridyon capsule combines the best features of dynamic, condenser, and ribbon mic technology
- World’s quietest microphone (NTi Audio tests) at just 3.8 dBA of self-noise
- 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response, far wider than traditional electromagnetic (ribbon or moving coil) microphones
- Proprietary active circuitry
- Backlit LED logo badge confirms presence of 48V phantom power
- Legendary Aston build quality
- Designed and developed in the UK