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Sterling Audio ST55 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic  

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Overview
  • Disk Resonator design extends high-frequencies naturally
  • Large 1-1/4" all-brass capsule, hand-assembled and oven-baked for long-term, stable operation
  • Black nickel-plated brass body
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    $499.99
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    - $300.00
  • Your Price:
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A more affordable way to record high-quality audio.

The Sterling Audio ST55 is an FET condenser microphone that employs a large capsule with an ultra-thin 3-micron evaporated gold Mylar diaphragm. The ST55 mic is built with an exclusive process that extends high frequencies and improves details and depth on both vocal and instrument recordings. The FET Class-A electronics provide smooth, warm sound.

Sterling Audio microphones employ several advanced technologies that separate their large-diaphragm condenser mics from the rest of the pack.

One of the more important advancements is their Disk Resonator system. With it, Sterling Audio is uniquely able to compensate for the 14kHz frequency roll-off that is inherent in large diaphragm mics. As any good audio engineer knows, this deficiency translates to a lack of sparkle from high-frequency sound sources.

Other manufacturers have typically solved this problem by cutting other frequencies and then increasing the entire signal to help even out the frequency range. Unfortunately, this results in increased noise.

Disk Resonator Technology incorporates a brass umbrella that protrudes from the center of the diaphragm in Sterling Audio's ST55 microphone. It gently boosts the diaphragm sensitivity to shorter sound waves, allowing it to respond more accurately to those all-important higher frequencies. The result is optimal sensitivity, full frequency response, and a low signal-to-noise ratio.

Another piece of audio wizardry comes in the form of the ultra-thin diaphragm membrane made of Mylar. While most modern condenser diaphragms are 6 to 12 microns in thickness, Sterling Audio, in association with 3M, has produced a highly resilient Mylar that measures a mere 3 microns. This allows the ST55 to deliver an extraordinary degree of sensitivity.
Requires phantom power.

Features
  • Disk Resonator design extends high-frequencies naturally
  • Large 1-1/4" all-brass capsule, hand-assembled and oven-baked for long-term, stable operation
  • Black nickel-plated brass body
  • Stainless steel head and grille assembly
  • Custom-wound nickel core output transformer
  • HM-2 hard mount

Give your recordings the attention to detail they deserve. Order the ST55 today!

 

ST55 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic Specifications:

  • Preamp: Class-A FET
  • Polar Patterns: Fixed cardioid
  • High Pass Filter: Switchable 75Hz, 12dB/octave
  • Attenuation Pad: Switchable -10dB
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz — 18kHz
  • 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: 7-1/2" long, 1-4/5" max. dia.
  • Weight: 1 lb.
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Sterling AudioST55 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic
 
4.8

(based on 24 reviews)

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Excellent Buy!!

Everyone that records in my studio always ask, "how do you get my vocals so clear", the answer is Sterling Audio ST55! I run it through my digital mixer with...Read complete review

Everyone that records in my studio always ask, "how do you get my vocals so clear", the answer is Sterling Audio ST55! I run it through my digital mixer with built in pre's, and I get an amazing sound. I've even used it on a "cheap" preamp and got a good sound from it. It's a great vocal mic, and also a good all around mic for guitars and drums.

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For 200 it will do.

For the price it is a good mic. I use it for scratch vocals in the preproduction process. It work well with rappers also, expect a supper hard clip on sillabants and the...Read complete review

For the price it is a good mic. I use it for scratch vocals in the preproduction process. It work well with rappers also, expect a supper hard clip on sillabants and the radius is pretty short.
The -10 db pad works well, the roll off does give a better emphasis on certain instruments.
It's good for the price.
Great Price.

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

excellent sound

By plucky25

from San Fernando Valley, Ca

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      Comments about Sterling Audio ST55 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

      great condenser mic for recording

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      (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      For 200 it will do.

      By ricky C

      from Ca

      Comments about Sterling Audio ST55 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

      For the price it is a good mic. I use it for scratch vocals in the preproduction process. It work well with rappers also, expect a supper hard clip on sillabants and the radius is pretty short.
      The -10 db pad works well, the roll off does give a better emphasis on certain instruments.
      It's good for the price.
      Great Price.

      Comment on this review

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Buy!!

      By Damion Morse

      from Michigan

      Comments about Sterling Audio ST55 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

      Everyone that records in my studio always ask, "how do you get my vocals so clear", the answer is Sterling Audio ST55! I run it through my digital mixer with built in pre's, and I get an amazing sound. I've even used it on a "cheap" preamp and got a good sound from it. It's a great vocal mic, and also a good all around mic for guitars and drums.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best mic for everything

      By Sezy

      from LA

      Comments about Sterling Audio ST55 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

      We used this to record a bands ep. Great mic if you want a universal mic to use on the go. this is the first mic i grab when i want to a reliable mic. Instead of carrying 5 different mics around.
      the -10db and role off are good, i should have gotten the next model up with more options. But this one is great for basic uses
      It's amazingly clean. after a touch of 5banEQ taylor for each singer, you will be floored. Its as good as any highend mic.
      We used this mic for a test recording because it was the only mic i had on hand. Used it as a single mic for drum over heads, recorded the Vocals, and a acoustic guitar. Sounded as if i was using one of our studio mics.

      I also used it as a room mic to record a loud bands rehearsal, It picked up everything as if you were
      standing in the room with them bass drum and all.

      I helped my friend record her youtube video with this. it sounded legit

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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      throw it in a bathroom and get some stunning overtones in female vox:)

      By tyler carlson

      from albuquerque NM

      Comments about Sterling Audio ST55 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

      This mic is a great mic for the price. i have never liked the sound it gets in a carpeted room. but i cant stand carpet recordings. they take away all of the highs and leave you with a grainy high low end vocal track. This mic works best in a small room with a ton of reverb. (AKA your bathroom vocal booth:P) this thing shines for female vocals.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent mic, great price

      By AK-Iwl.5

      from Atlanta GA

      Comments about Sterling Audio ST55 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

      I picked up the Sterling ST55 today and love it. I use it direct into the Avid Mbox to record a voiceover narration and it sounds excellent. I also used it to record some sound effects (breaths, claps, vocal bits etc) to use in some of my productions and they came out sounding great. The ST55 has a bright top end, but it works for you in many instances.The 5Hz switch on the mic is handy for recording vocals that are right up on the mic. The only drawback is I wish it came with the shockmount instead of the hatd mount.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for the price range

      By The4:0GoldenRatio

      from California, La

      Comments about Sterling Audio ST55 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

      I bought this mic after demoing it with the Nt1, and ended up going with the st55. This microphone gives you alot of clarity that you wouldn't usually get in this price range. I am very satisfied with my decision to give this mic a go. The reason i gave it a 4.5 in quality is that it can tend to get a little bright. I was running it through my TG2 which is a very warm preamp and had to work with it awhile to smooth it out, but when i did i got an amazing result. Highly recommend it!

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Smooth Condenser

      By j. schneider

      from meraux, Louisiana

      Comments about Sterling Audio ST55 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

      I bought this condenser mic and a pop filter for my home studio, which is a Roland BR600. Ha ha. I was using a audio technica dynamic mic for recording vocals. I really like this mic. It is very smooth and warm. I have a small Art tube preamp i am running this mic through. It really helps me control the sound. This mic is crystal clear. I dont have thousands to invest in a condenser, so i got this one. It is well worth the money, however i still like the dynamic mic for certain songs. I am very happy with this mic.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      CLEAN and CRISP

      By MeckyMeck

      from San Jose

      Comments about Sterling Audio ST55 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

      I have used a few condenser microphones in the passed, but this is by far the cleanest in dry recording that I've experienced. Before I used this mic, I would always have major problems with background noises, and the actual recordings did not come out as clean as I would expect. With this mic, I did not have any problems. Everything was just really crisp and clear. I can see myself using this microphone for a very long time.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Goodie, Goodie!!

      By SoniaD

      from sherrill, Arkansas

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      Comments about Sterling Audio ST55 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

      I purchase this mic 2 mos ago and I am happy that I did. I ran this mic up against the Studio Project B1, MXL 4000, and the Bluebird on a gospel song and it really shined. It sounded really good and really handled the vocals expression great. There wasn't too much highs or lows and the mid-range was good. The vocals stood out in the mix. Although, it is no Neumann TLM overall it is a great buy for the budget musician because it gives your really good sound for your bucks. So, if you are looking to get the most for your money buy the ST55 because it sound great, looks good, and built like a tank.

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