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    Put air and body into your vocals with vintage FET sound.

    Certain vintage and modern German mics are lusted after for their ability to produce full-bodied vocals with a unique sheen that has come to be known as "air." Of course they also come with a throat-clogging price tag (and that's just the modern ones, vintage market prices bring you closer to cardiac arrest). However, Sterling Audio has found a way to bring you that vintage FET sound without the mind-numbing price tag — the Sterling ST77 large-diaphragm condenser.

    Sterling designed the ST77 condenser mic around a Class-A discrete FET mic amp specially chosen to match its cardioid, large diaphragm capsule. The capsule itself has been sized and tuned to provide a silky and airy top end with a full, warm mid-range reminiscent of vintage microphones. Hand-selected internal components create a sound that flatters vocals and instruments.

    Requires phantom power.

    Features

    • Large, 8-micron gold-sputtered capsule
    • Warm-sounding, low-noise, classic studio mic sound
    • Steel head and woven-brass mesh grill
    • Heavy brass black finished enclosure
    • Vintage transformer-coupled design
    • Attractive mahogany colored storage case
    • Specially designed SM-7 shockmount included
    • Custom foam windscreen

    If you've been longing to add that elusive professional sheen to you vocals and instruments, but couldn't afford the price of entry, the Sterling Audio ST77 is the answer to your prayers. Save the delay for your vocals, order one now!

     
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    Sterling AudioST77 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic
     
    4.2

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    My main mic...

    I have a small time studio biz, and I did not have a ton of money to invest. But, I wanted a killer pre-amp first and a solid large diaphram mic second. I...Read complete review

    I have a small time studio biz, and I did not have a ton of money to invest. But, I wanted a killer pre-amp first and a solid large diaphram mic second. I got the LA-610 mic pre coupled with this ST77. The mic is no frills, and I like that you don't have any options with db cut, directional patterns, etc. It does one thing and does it well.It seems built very solidly and is pretty hefty. I don't like the cheap plastic emblem on the mic and so-so veneer storage box. But that is esoteric stuff and I would rather they cut costs that way instead with the mic itself.It captures excellent vocals with a well controlled low end response, all the mids you could want and articulate soft highs without too much sibilance (I rarely need to use a d-esser and if so, very lightly). It is also great on any acoustic instruments from violin, to sax to acoustic guitar. I also use it as a mono mic over or in front of the drum kit with superb results, it captures the whole kit tone and cymbals quite well. I have even used it along with a kick mic only, with simple yet excellent results for a lo-fi band.I have been to higher end studios that use numerous room mics on my drums for other projects, they sound good of course, but for my studio, just give me my ST77 and keep it simple. I have had all my customers comment on the quality of sound they get using this mic. Of course it helps to have a super pre-amp with an excellent optical compressor as I have in the LA-610.Very happy with this microphone as my sole large diaphram condenser and I don't feel the need to upgrade at all with this current pre-amp and mic combo.

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    Great Mic, surprising how good it sounds for the price

    I ran this mic side by side with a Shure KSM44 which is a mic I love and use for both Vocals and Guitar. The ST77 is not similar to the Shure in sound...Read complete review

    I ran this mic side by side with a Shure KSM44 which is a mic I love and use for both Vocals and Guitar. The ST77 is not similar to the Shure in sound but it has some characteristics that are way better in some respects. First thing I noticed is that the ST77 has a really smooth top, it seems to pull out just the right high frequencies that make your voice sparkle without way too much hyped highs as many lower priced LDC mics do. It also has a full bass sound that again seems to get just the right frequncies without being too boomy or overly bassy. It's a really rich sound. The KSM44 has a more presence somewhere in the mid range to mid highs in comparison to the ST77. The ST77 is also very sensitive, every little bit of saliva rolling around in your mouth will come out crystal clear through this mic. If you send too much air at the Capsule, it will clip. I thought there was something wrong with the mic when I was hearing pops when I first tried it, but it was just air from my mouth when I was singing to loud too close. I tried it on acoustic guitar and again I was impressed, same qualities, it pulled the right high frequencies and lows to make a nice robust full sounding guitar recording. I did notice that if I got too close to the sound hole direct it got a little boomy, but that's usually the case with any mic in that position. It sounded really good in the mix with vocals and acoustic with no effects or EQ'ing. I have not tried this mic on Drums or Amps yet, but I know it is going to definitely be used alot for vocals. To give you an idea of what experience I have with mics, here is the list of mics I own right now: Shure KSM44, Studio Projects C1, Sontronics STC-2, Rode NT1A, Audio Technica 4050, Oktava MK-319, Groove Tubes GT55, Sennheiser Sting Signature model, AKG C3000, MXL V63, MXL 990, MXL 991, CAD E-100 Equitek (a great mic, buy 2 of these if you can!), 5 Shure SM58's and 3 SM57's. I know I'm forgetting somebody in there.

    Anyways, the ST77 is a great mic, I know I will be using it alot
    This Mic is a big mic weighing over 2lbs, it comes in a decent (but not great) wood box, it has a very nice quality shockmount. It runs on phantom power.
    The mic is built really well, as I said above it is a large heavy mic that looks beautiful. I'm not the most crazy about the black finish, but that's just a taste issue. The Shockmount is Excellent, I believe it is the same exact one that I see on many of the MXL mics.
    I think this mic is right up there with the Audio Technica 4050, Shure KSM44, in terms of sound, of course it is not a multi pattern mic like those 2 mics which is why it probably costs several hundred dollars less.

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    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Great Mic, surprising how good it sounds for the price

    By brenden delaney

    from Las Vegas, NV

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST77 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic:

    I ran this mic side by side with a Shure KSM44 which is a mic I love and use for both Vocals and Guitar. The ST77 is not similar to the Shure in sound but it has some characteristics that are way better in some respects. First thing I noticed is that the ST77 has a really smooth top, it seems to pull out just the right high frequencies that make your voice sparkle without way too much hyped highs as many lower priced LDC mics do. It also has a full bass sound that again seems to get just the right frequncies without being too boomy or overly bassy. It's a really rich sound. The KSM44 has a more presence somewhere in the mid range to mid highs in comparison to the ST77. The ST77 is also very sensitive, every little bit of saliva rolling around in your mouth will come out crystal clear through this mic. If you send too much air at the Capsule, it will clip. I thought there was something wrong with the mic when I was hearing pops when I first tried it, but it was just air from my mouth when I was singing to loud too close. I tried it on acoustic guitar and again I was impressed, same qualities, it pulled the right high frequencies and lows to make a nice robust full sounding guitar recording. I did notice that if I got too close to the sound hole direct it got a little boomy, but that's usually the case with any mic in that position. It sounded really good in the mix with vocals and acoustic with no effects or EQ'ing. I have not tried this mic on Drums or Amps yet, but I know it is going to definitely be used alot for vocals. To give you an idea of what experience I have with mics, here is the list of mics I own right now: Shure KSM44, Studio Projects C1, Sontronics STC-2, Rode NT1A, Audio Technica 4050, Oktava MK-319, Groove Tubes GT55, Sennheiser Sting Signature model, AKG C3000, MXL V63, MXL 990, MXL 991, CAD E-100 Equitek (a great mic, buy 2 of these if you can!), 5 Shure SM58's and 3 SM57's. I know I'm forgetting somebody in there.

    Anyways, the ST77 is a great mic, I know I will be using it alot
    This Mic is a big mic weighing over 2lbs, it comes in a decent (but not great) wood box, it has a very nice quality shockmount. It runs on phantom power.
    The mic is built really well, as I said above it is a large heavy mic that looks beautiful. I'm not the most crazy about the black finish, but that's just a taste issue. The Shockmount is Excellent, I believe it is the same exact one that I see on many of the MXL mics.
    I think this mic is right up there with the Audio Technica 4050, Shure KSM44, in terms of sound, of course it is not a multi pattern mic like those 2 mics which is why it probably costs several hundred dollars less.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    sterling Audio ST77

    By John Woodward

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST77 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic:

    I LOVED! beautful mic, zero white noise, you can just feel the quality when you hold it in your hands, AND SUCH A GOOD DEAL!!!!

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great mike, great value

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST77 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic:

    Natural sounding,.. very consistant
    Not really many features,.. Just a solid great sounding mike.

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    5.0

    sensational quality and value

    By Will-full

    from Middle of no where, Canadian mountians

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST77 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic:

    You just can't lose with a large diaphragm condenser mic of this quality for this price.
    It is not just a purchase, it is one of FEW modern low priced items I would consider an INVESTMENT.

    I was using an Apex 460 before this. No comparison. This unit has a much lower dynamic range, lower noise floor and is FAR better built. You can tell by just the weight of the shock mount and finely crafted wooden case that this is a serious company, building products to last.

    Rare these days.
    Very strong build, heavy duty shockmount, wind sock, wooden case...
    very delicate and accurate.
    I watched the promo video for Sterling Audio mics by Bob Rock. I've known him for about 30 years and totally respect his ears and opinion.

    This thing is an unbelievable piece of gear for even 3 times the price.
    I can't understand it frankly: Musicians Friend has this amazing mic at a low price, while at the same time, the other large etailers are selling it for more.
    I just snapped it up instantly.
    Incredible value.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great mic, great value

    By John Brownlow

    from Ontario, Canada

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST77 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic:

    This is a cracking mic for the price I paid for it. Completely outclassed the Studio Projects B1 I was using previously - none of that cheapy Chinese condenser upper mid peakiness. Very smooth and warm, but lots of clarity in the top end too. Great on vocals and acoustic guitar-- just a good sound right there. Huge bargain.

    Includes truly bombproof shockmount and the mic itself is built like a tank.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Disappointment With An Awe Inspiring Moment

    By James Langill

    from Fairfield

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST77 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic:

    The microphone sounded like a very good deal, with the price drop and everyone touting that this was essentially a repackeged Groove Tube microphone. Sterling Audio's reputation from the reviews I've read made it seem like a no brainer for a purchase.

    What I didn't like about the mic was how it sounded. Now with microphones sound capture is everything and the model and mic I had did nothing for me. My behringer B-1 sounded and still sounds tremendously better on here.

    I have a brand new preamp (Presonus Studio Channel) which is the best budget wise I can afford and with that and my behringer my vocals sound crisp, clean, prominent and colored. WIth the ST77 I felt like my voice was muffled, it was grainy and didnt response with the same nuances as my behringer did.

    Maybe it just isnt the microphone for me ? I'm not knocking the quality of the build, but the sound doesnt justify the cost.
    Cardiod Pattern Condeser Microphone
    FET design
    Solid Build
    No Frills Construction

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    5.0

    Impressed

    By Adam Smith

    from Clarksville, TN

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST77 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic:

    I have used essentially 5-6 different mics and this is the best one i've used. It can take a very average singer and with the right tweaking can make you sound like somebody on the radio. This is also a very good instrument mic I would say that my Shure pg42 probably does outperform this one in regards to micing up my guitar but it is very close. This is made for vocals though so I would not hold it against this mic. Bottom Line if you feel comfortable with this price then you really need to get it, it is a value.
    You plug it in and it sounds great. There weren't really any features beyong the cool wooden case and an enormous windscreen. So there were a few add-ons but not really any "technical" features incorporated into the mic
    Very big, very heavy. You pick this mic up and you know you are holding something that is real quality, like picking up a real quality instrument. The sound quality is amazing, I am essentially a hobbyist with a VERY average voice... plug this into the ZOOM R16 and with a little increase on the dB in the highs, mids and lows about 45 on the reverb and 40 on the chorus put it through a slght vocal delay and this thing can make ME sound good. You might say, "well any mic could do that" uh-uh I used the audix mid $ range mic, the Shure pg42 and this one blows the audix out the door and ,so far, outperforms the Shure. With most things you get what you pay for and this is no different.
    for this price this was a steal.

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    3.0

    ST77 - Decent for the home project studio

    By MusicManLive

    from Northern California

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST77 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic:

    This mic is a decent selection for the project studio. It has a wide open sound which translates to overheads really well. Vocals are a little trickier as it tends to be on the hot side and the normal close miking of the voice can lead to requiring more compression than normal (Rock singers might find this mic way too hot - probably best on folk style singers). Reviews I've read stated that it was great for sibilance, as a singer who has issues with sibilance, I was hopeful this would help, unfortunately for me not the case, definitely had to apply some de-essing. I’m not a fan of big foam gobs over studio mics, however, in this case the included foam windscreen helped with the sibilance a little bit but did, as expected, take some of the shine off the open sound. The mic itself is somewhat large and from the feel could probably be made into smaller size. Overall, it’s not bad and will find use in my studio although it won’t be my primary goto mic by any stretch of the imagination. Remember it is what is.
    Overall it's an okay microphone, has an open sound but is very hot, so compression seems to be the only way to tame the beast.
    Quality is okay. Feels light in my hand unlike some other mics I own. Plastic ensignia on front is cheezy.
    At the current price it's just about right for this micro phone. I wouldn't pay much more for it

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    5.0

    Excellent Mic

    By DKatMusic

    from Indiana

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST77 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic:

    Very flat frequency response. Awesome with sibilance (i don't have to de-ess at all). ZERO noise what so ever. Screws into the provided shock mount and sits nicely. As far as features, I gave it a 4 because it doesn't have multiple patterns, cut off, pads, but thats 1 of the reasons i bought it. My preamp does all that other stuff for me. This is just a solid cardioid mic. In combination with a great pre-amp this mic can do just about anything. I can't imagine my vocals or acoustic guitar sounding cleaner or more exact. I won't be buying another mic anytime soon, no matter how much money I have.

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    4.0

    My main mic...

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST77 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic:

    I have a small time studio biz, and I did not have a ton of money to invest. But, I wanted a killer pre-amp first and a solid large diaphram mic second. I got the LA-610 mic pre coupled with this ST77. The mic is no frills, and I like that you don't have any options with db cut, directional patterns, etc. It does one thing and does it well.It seems built very solidly and is pretty hefty. I don't like the cheap plastic emblem on the mic and so-so veneer storage box. But that is esoteric stuff and I would rather they cut costs that way instead with the mic itself.It captures excellent vocals with a well controlled low end response, all the mids you could want and articulate soft highs without too much sibilance (I rarely need to use a d-esser and if so, very lightly). It is also great on any acoustic instruments from violin, to sax to acoustic guitar. I also use it as a mono mic over or in front of the drum kit with superb results, it captures the whole kit tone and cymbals quite well. I have even used it along with a kick mic only, with simple yet excellent results for a lo-fi band.I have been to higher end studios that use numerous room mics on my drums for other projects, they sound good of course, but for my studio, just give me my ST77 and keep it simple. I have had all my customers comment on the quality of sound they get using this mic. Of course it helps to have a super pre-amp with an excellent optical compressor as I have in the LA-610.Very happy with this microphone as my sole large diaphram condenser and I don't feel the need to upgrade at all with this current pre-amp and mic combo.

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