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The ST51 is an affordable, true-condenser large diaphragm recording microphone with outstanding sound and construction. The ST51's 6-micron, gold-eva...Read More

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OVERVIEW

The ST51 is an affordable, true-condenser large diaphragm recording microphone with outstanding sound and construction. The ST51's 6-micron, gold-evaporated Mylar diaphragm is optimized to capture definition and detail for both vocal andinstrument recordings. Class-A FET circuitry provides unparalleled smoothness and warmth to your recordings.

Requires phantom power.

Vocal or instrument condenser offers excellent transient response and detail.

FEATURES
  • Disk Resonator design extends high-frequencies naturally
  • Large 1.25" all brass capsule, hand assembled and oven baked for long term stable operation
  • Black nickel-plated all brass body
  • Stainless steel head and grille assembly
  • Custom-wound nickel core output transformer
  • HM-2 hard mount

SPECIFICATIONS

ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone

  • Preamp: Class-A FET
    Polar Pattern: Cardioid
    Frequency Response: 20Hz”18,000Hz
    Equivalent Noise: 22dB SPL”A Weighted
    Sensitivity: 32mV/Pa
    Maximum SPL: 134dB-144dB (adjustable w/pad)
    Typical Load Impedance: >500 ohms
    Output Source Impedance: 200 ohms transformer isolated
    Dimensions: 7.5" long, 1.8" max. dia.
    Weight: 1.2lb.
    Power: Phantom Power
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4.6

(based on 24 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good audio (5)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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    • Experienced (5)

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Buy It. In Fact, Buy Two.

This is my second ST-51, both from M/F. I ordered the first one as a test while researching inexpensive vocal and instrument microphones, and I was so pleasantly surprised by it...Read complete review

This is my second ST-51, both from M/F. I ordered the first one as a test while researching inexpensive vocal and instrument microphones, and I was so pleasantly surprised by it that (after using for a while to make sure I was hearing right) I bought this one to have a stereo pair. I've used high-end mics in the studio for pro vocals and this mic every bit stands up to them in almost all ways, and it of course beats the heck out of the 9 or 10 other budget mics I've ordered over the past 4 years. You're gonna get a bit more depth out of the expensive mics, but not that much, and I personally like the response curve of the ST-51 better for female vocals and acoustic guitar. Smooth and even sound, built well. Me like. For the price it's a no-brainer. Make sure you have a 48-volt phantom supply available from your mic pre before ordering this - it's a condenser, so that's a must.

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Dave S.

Used the mic one time, never used it professionally, stored it for a year and now it doesn't work. Sterling support will not respond ( thier website isn't very support oriented you either...Read complete review

Used the mic one time, never used it professionally, stored it for a year and now it doesn't work. Sterling support will not respond ( thier website isn't very support oriented you either leave a message or write them at thier address, there is no phone number to contact them) so I'd like any one in the market for a good condenser mic to know that before buying one. Get a Rode mic you may spend a little more but they sound "great", they give you a ten year warranty and they stand behind thier product one hundred percent.
Bought this mic one year ago tried it out when it arrived and seemed it to work fine, wasn't quite as impressed with the fidelity as some of the reviewers here at MF. Bought it as a backup mic so I have had it in it's case and stored in a safe place, when I hooked it up the other day the signal was breaking up and the mic sounded terrible. Tried contacting Sterling support and haven't heard a thing so go figure. The mic looks great and has a really nice case, if it doesn't work it isn't worth a darn. Might make a good hammer.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buy It. In Fact, Buy Two.

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from New Smyrna Beach, FL

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    This is my second ST-51, both from M/F. I ordered the first one as a test while researching inexpensive vocal and instrument microphones, and I was so pleasantly surprised by it that (after using for a while to make sure I was hearing right) I bought this one to have a stereo pair. I've used high-end mics in the studio for pro vocals and this mic every bit stands up to them in almost all ways, and it of course beats the heck out of the 9 or 10 other budget mics I've ordered over the past 4 years. You're gonna get a bit more depth out of the expensive mics, but not that much, and I personally like the response curve of the ST-51 better for female vocals and acoustic guitar. Smooth and even sound, built well. Me like. For the price it's a no-brainer. Make sure you have a 48-volt phantom supply available from your mic pre before ordering this - it's a condenser, so that's a must.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Bang for the Buck

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    from Indiana

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional Recording

      I use these on my acoustic drum kit, one as an over head, the other as a side fill. Incredible mic for the money. I have a locker full of mics, and I choose these over my Rode NT1A, Blue baby bottle and bluebird. I have akg mics, audix, a long list of great mics. Not just good for the money, just plain good. Super Clear, low noise, and very very detailed.

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      4.0

      Fantastic Mic!

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      from San Diego

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      Pros

      • Clean
      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Sweet Sounding
      • Versatile
      • Warm

      Cons

      • Too Many Highs

      Best Uses

      • Acoustic Instruments
      • Drums
      • Room mic
      • Vocals

      I got this mic as a present for my birthday last year. boy was I stoked. it sounds clean, sweet, and very detailed. acoustic instruments sound warm and full, drums sound fantastic. i use it as an overhead and get a nice room sound, plus good ping from the cymbals. Its super durable as well. I've dropped it coutless times to the floor and its still going strong! i recommend this to EVERYBODY! the price makes it awesome, the quality makes it perfect. the only problem i have is the transients. there is too much highs naturally being picked up. i have a pretty trebly room, so i use my closet as an iso booth. its works great! just get a pop filter and you will be golden baby!

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      5.0

      So far so good...

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      from Kansas City, MO

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        First of all, I ordered this with the free shipping option, which should have taken 5+ days to reach my house, but it came in only 2 days! I was excited to open the package and hooked the mic right up (replacing Audio Technica AT3035), and this thing sounds beautiful! Huge improvement over my previous mic. It sounds crystal clear right out of the box.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Without a Doubt!!!

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        from Misawa Airbase, Japan

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        Pros

        • Accurate Sound
        • Clear Sound
        • Quiet
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Vocals

          A great mic' for the price. I plugged the ST51 in and the clarity and quietness blew my mind! I spent years with a Behringer B-1 as my main mic. Oh, such wasted productivity trying to take my work seriously with such a NOISY mic. Do yourself a favor, get this mic!!!

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          (2 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          This sucks

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          from Undisclosed

          Dont buy this.
          worked beautifully for about three weeks, then just died.
          Apparently very poor quality
          What a waste of money

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          (2 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Dave S.

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          from Ocala, FL

          Used the mic one time, never used it professionally, stored it for a year and now it doesn't work. Sterling support will not respond ( thier website isn't very support oriented you either leave a message or write them at thier address, there is no phone number to contact them) so I'd like any one in the market for a good condenser mic to know that before buying one. Get a Rode mic you may spend a little more but they sound "great", they give you a ten year warranty and they stand behind thier product one hundred percent.
          Bought this mic one year ago tried it out when it arrived and seemed it to work fine, wasn't quite as impressed with the fidelity as some of the reviewers here at MF. Bought it as a backup mic so I have had it in it's case and stored in a safe place, when I hooked it up the other day the signal was breaking up and the mic sounded terrible. Tried contacting Sterling support and haven't heard a thing so go figure. The mic looks great and has a really nice case, if it doesn't work it isn't worth a darn. Might make a good hammer.

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Updated Review

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          from Chicago - N. Suburbs

          I originally reviewed this Mic on Mar 2, 2010, since then I have beat on it constantly, it did hit the floor once, and it continues to put out a distinct sound from my other condensers, I have also compared it against the new Blue Spark which is also a very nice mic for the $$. The Blue was slightly brighter and more detailed, but not enough to get me to spend twice the $$ to get one.I use this exclusively for vocals and I really like the sounds I get from it.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Gamble paid off

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          from Nashville, TN

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          I was looking for a new condensor mic when MF first started to sell Sterling products. The specs looked good, but I wasn't about to spend too much money on a product I didn't know. So I bought the ST51 as a product try out. I was totally suprised in a great way. As mentioned by others, it has a clean uncolored result. I can get different coloration from pre-amps. It also happens to work great for my vocals which have a lot of color naturally. There is one downside for MF and Sterling. The ST51 does the job I thought I was going to need the ST55 for.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Great Choice

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          from P'cola, Fl.

          After going thru a half dozen mics. in this price range, I came across the ST51. Wow, I was blown away at the clarity, low noise and sensitivity. I use it for Vocals, Acoustic Guitar and Acoustic Bass and Drum overheads.It quickly has become the "Go To" Mic in my home studio. This realy is a Great Mic, Try it, You'll Love it!

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