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Sterling Audio ST59 Multi-Pattern FET Condenser Mic

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An affordable studio condenser mic with a smooth, warm sound.

The Sterling Audio ST59 is an FET condenser microphone that employs a large capsule with a dual sided ultrathin 3-micron evaporated gold Mylar diaphragm. The ST59 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. The ST59 offers switch-selectable cardioid, omni-directional, figure-eight polar patterns and is housed in a rugged brass body.

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 advances 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 ST59 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 ST59 microphone to deliver an extraordinary degree of sensitivity. Requires phantom power.

FEATURES
  • Studio quality condenser mic
  • Smooth, warm sound
  • FET Class-A electronics
  • Dual Diaphragms
  • Switchable cardioid, omnidirectional, figure-eight pickup patterns
  • Incorporates patented "Disk-Resonator" technology
  • Rugged brass body
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Type: Large diaphragm condenser, 3 micron Mylar gold evaporated, double sided
  • Polar Patterns: cardioid, omni-directional, figure-eight, switch selectable
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz 20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 16mV/Pa (-36dBV)
  • Max. SPL for 0.5% THD: 132dB or 142dB with -10dB Pad
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 14dB A weighted
  • Attenuation Pad: -10dB, switchable
  • Bass Cut Pad: 6dB/octave, below 125Hz, switchable
  • Output Impedance: 200 Ohms
  • Recommended Load Impedance: > 1,000 Ohms
  • Preamp Topology: Class A FET, with output transformer
  • Power Requirement: 48 V phantom power
  • Connector: 3-pin male XLR
  • Dimensions: 7.5 long, 1.8 max diameter
  • Mic Weight: 1.2 lbs.
  • Package: ST59 microphone
  • Unit Package Dim: 15.5 long x 5.5 wide x 5 high
  • Unit Weight: 3.80 lb.
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Sterling AudioST59 Multi-pattern FET Condenser Mic
 
5.0

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great vocal Mic

By redboxstereo

from Graham, NC

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST59 Multi-pattern FET Condenser Mic:

    This mic is the bomb for vocals. Put it on figure 8 and get two voices at the same time. If you can't afford a Neumann get an ST-59

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Surprisingly good

    By seanmorse

    from Detroit, MI

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Sterling Audio ST59 Multi-pattern FET Condenser Mic:

      Given what I paid for it, I've had surprisingly good results with this mic on female vocals, acoustic guitar, and kick (believe it or not). Very warm without being muddy, noisy, or lacking in high-end detail. I'm considering buying a second one to use for blumlein.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Mic

      By Bobthis

      from Sasn Juan Capistrano, Ca

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Sterling Audio ST59 Multi-pattern FET Condenser Mic:

        The Sterling ST59 exceeded my expectations. I purchased one for vocals and now own six mics. The response is resonate and very clear while still giving a warm sound. Great for vocals and acoustic guitar. We also used them in a live show and the difference from a Shure SM58 was amazing. With the ST59 you don't have to work so hard. Picks up every nuance. Great mic.

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