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Sterling Audio ST69 Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Mic 

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The Sterling Audio ST69 Condenser Microphone features classic tube circuitry and an ultrathin 3-micron Mylar diaphragm–less than half the thickness o...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

A versatile studio condenser mic with tube warmth and depth.

The Sterling Audio ST69 Condenser Microphone features classic tube circuitry and an ultrathin 3-micron Mylar diaphragm–less than half the thickness of traditional diaphragms–providing an increased response to sharp transients for a more life-like character while capturing all subtle musical nuances.

The capsule includes a patented Disk Resonator System that is more sensitive to high frequencies without the need of EQ circuits that introduce undesired phase shift. The ST69 offers improved detail and depth on both vocal and instrumental recordings without sacrificing warmth and tone.

A precision-cut, stainless steel body protects the finely crafted inner workings and compliments its technical brilliance with stunning good looks.

FEATURES
  • Ultrathin 3-Micron Mylar Diaphragm
  • Disk Resonator Design Extends High-Frequencies Naturally
  • -10db Pad
  • Bass Frequency Roll Off
  • Stainless-Steel Body
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Sterling AudioST69 Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Mic
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (8)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (6)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very good vocal mic

By James Meyers

from Massachusetts

Comments about Sterling Audio ST69 Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Mic:

The ST69I record intimate, detailed vocal harmony. Was using mid-priced Shure condenser mic before, and while detailed and quiet, the sound was always dull. It needed a lot of EQ, which sometimes sounded unnatural. The mic immediately shows a bright, natural mid/high range perfect for vocals, without being brassy, buzzy or adding too much "s". I really expected some flaws in this price range, what with the separate tube amp, etc. - but have no reason to switch mics now. I use almost no EQ on most singers now, so the harmony is more natural.
One rough spot - angle knob on shockmount is hard to twist tight - too small, to close to the mount.
Wow. If you are climbing the price ladder on home studio equipment, make a stop here before you jump to the German mics.

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Neumann Killer!

By Sean McCormick

from NJ

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Comments about Sterling Audio ST69 Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Mic:

I used the st69 on my last album and I have to say I was very impressed. I have used of my Neumann U87 for almost everything up until last year, now I find myself using the st69 for almost everything. I just can?t believe the quality and warmth you get from a $600 microphone. Don?t spend you cash on the higher end microphones unless you can hear a difference.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Mic

By JoryG

from Los Angeles, CA

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Comments about Sterling Audio ST69 Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Mic:

I was checking out Neumanns and other high end companies. I tried this mic out at Guitar Center and I fell in love with it. This is the best tube mic for the price, hands down. Groove Tube parts inside make this mic the best quality for the price. If you are looking for a great tube mic but don't want to spend a lot of cash...go with this Sterling.

(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Platinum Mic! With A Golden Sound!

By Rob Mitchell/Rob Solo1

from Richmond, CA.

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Comments about Sterling Audio ST69 Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Mic:

This is an A+ microphone.
All the features are right on point! This is one of the most versatile mics out there. Its the best for this price range. It's a classic look and handles with ease!
The ST-69 is one of the sturdiest mics on the market! The look and feel is definitely one of a kind. Sterling put their heart and soul in this baby. Real quality materials without doubt?
This mic is worth every penny compared to some higher priced microphones. It's true studio quality with a longevity that is unsurpassed. It will most likely pay for itself after a few sessions. And every artist can feel confident that their cash was well spent!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

UNIVERSAL MIC

By den space

from new jersey

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Comments about Sterling Audio ST69 Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Mic:

Well guys, I've been using this mic 2 years already. Vocals, acoustic guitars, guitar amps, percussion, brass etc. If you have good pre it sounds even better. I run it thru LA-610. 500 for the mic. I think it is good mic for semi-pro to pro musicians or sound engineers...

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible Mic, Great Value!!

By Ned02

from Vail, CO

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile
  • Warmth And Clarity

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST69 Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Mic:

    This is an incredible microphone. Not just for the value. It's simply an incredible mic. Great tube warmth and clarity. Buy it!

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great sounding mic

    By PBJ

    from The Leaning House Studio. Washington, DC

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound

    Cons

    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Sterling Audio ST69 Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Mic:

    Great mic. The shock mount can't really hold the weight of the mic but it sounds so good, what ya gonna do.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful sound.

    By fawwx

    from superior, wi

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Sounds great

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Sterling Audio ST69 Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Mic:

      This is a great mic. It puts a sort of sheen over the mid-highs. Beautiful color. Very usable.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice, best we could afford.

      By PetoftheMonthClub

      from LA,CA

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Sterling Audio ST69 Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Mic:

        Great mic, we use it and it sounds great. We record analog/simple/Fem Vocals and I really like this mic. The only con is the weak mount, but not a big issue. With a compressor is does pickup everything. We use it in a large room at home - since last year. We use it with an attached WindTech pop-screen.

         
        4.0

        Closeout? Oh Well - Got a Stupid Deal

        By SamM

        from Navarre, FL

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sterling Audio ST69 Multi-Pattern Tube Condenser Mic:

          NICE! This thing puts out what you put in. The frequency response is flat - with only a slight bump on the high end of its 20KHz bandwidth (in all three patterns!). It sounds really smooth and warm (Class A tube). And, the multiple patterns make it quite versatile for recording almost anything. Mine was an 'open box' level 2. It looks like it was dropped (slightly bent = 4-stars). I only hope it holds up - like for many years.

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