- For Singers, Instruments, VO & Podcasts
- Analog Cardioid Mic for Home or Studio
- Developed with 4000 Musicians/Producers
- Ridyon Capsule Technology
- Sound & Performance of Condensers
- Bass & Rejection of Dynamics
- Open Transparency of Ribbons
- 48V Phantom Powered, XLR Connection
- Includes Proprietary Magnetic Pop Filter
- Includes Shockmount
Aston Microphones AST-ELEMENT Overview
If you're a podcaster, voice-over artist, singer, or instrumentalist looking for a quality studio microphone that won't break the bank, Aston is confident their Element is the mic for you. You see, the mic was developed with your help: Aston conducted open-submission blind listening tests with the public at large until the company settled on the right materials and technologies, giving you a studio-quality sound tailored for vocals and acoustic instruments, whether they're miked in the studio or at home.
In the construction of this mic, Aston devised a new capsule technology called Ridyon, which borrows the best qualities of three capsule designs in common use (dynamic, ribbon, and condenser). The non-techy takeaway: if you're looking for a mic that'll pick up the nuances of your voice while minimizing the room around you, this is a great choice. The mic ships with its own internal pop filter and a proprietary shockmount.
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 signed-up 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