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Sterling Audio ST55 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic   

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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 ...Read More

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OVERVIEW

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.

A more affordable way to record high-quality audio.

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!

SPECIFICATIONS

ST55 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic

  • 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 26 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best mic for everything

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...Read complete review

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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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 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A fine microphone

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Great Price

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST55 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

    I've had this mic for a few years and have had the chance to try out some other mics that are far more high-end during those years. Honestly, it's not as clear and pristine as an extreme high-end ribbon or tube mic, but it can still compete with some of the more mid-to-high end mics. It's definitely good enough for just about any home studio or amateur recording enthusiast. We normally use the ST55 for vocals but we've used them with success as room mics and overheads on drums, and even to quickly mic my entire band's practice. The sound reproduction seems very accurate, as far as my ears can tell, and don't have any sort of background noise or hum.

    The build quality seems solid and well-made. However, all large diaphragm condensers are fragile by their nature, so we're always careful with it anyways. The leather carrying case it comes with is kind of a joke. It looks sharp, but doesn't provide much in the way of protection.

    Overall, a great deal on a very adequate mic. It'll serve most people's needs, so long as you take proper care of it.

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    5.0

    Very versatile sounds great on everythng

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Sterling Audio ST55 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

      I have used this microphone to capture vocals, acoustic guitars and most recently it has become my overhead mic of choice for the drum kit. I also have the Sterling Audio ST77. The ST77 is in my vocal both while the ST55 is 38 inches directly above the snare drum capturing the main sound of my drum kit along with two other mics for the Glyn John's style micing technique we are now employing.

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      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      excellent sound

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      from San Fernando Valley, Ca

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      • Clear Sound
      • Durable

      Cons

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          Comments about Sterling Audio ST55 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Mic:

          great condenser mic for recording

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          (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          For 200 it will do.

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          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.

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          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Buy!!

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          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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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best mic for everything

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          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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          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

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

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          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

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          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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          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great for the price range

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          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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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very Smooth Condenser

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          from Meraux , LA

          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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