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Sterling Audio Sterling Audio ST79 Multi-Pattern FET Studio Condenser Mic  

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The Sterling ST79 Dual-Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone is designed around a Class-A discrete FET mic amp specially chosen to match its l...Click To Read More About This Product

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A versatile condenser microphone with three different polar pattern options.

The Sterling ST79 Dual-Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone is designed around a Class-A discrete FET mic amp specially chosen to match its large dual-diaphragm capsule. The ST-79 offers 3 different pickup patterns: Omni-directional, Cardioid and Figure-8, providing complete mic placement flexibility. The capsule itself has been sized and tuned to provide a silky and airy top end with a full, warm midrange reminiscent of vintage microphones. Hand-selected internal components create a sound that enhances both vocal and instrument performances.

FEATURES
  • Large, 8-micron gold-sputtered Dual-diaphragm capsule
  • Dual-diaphragm design offers multiple pickup patterns: Omni, Cardioid, and Figure-8
  • 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 oak colored storage case
  • Specially designed SM-7 shock mount included
  • Custom foam windscreen

Add this to your studio arsenal today!

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Preamp Topology: Class-A FET
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omni, and Figure-8
  • Capsule Design: 25mm, 8 micron
  • Frequency Response: 20 - 20kHz
  • Switchable Hi-Pass Filter: 150Hz, 6dB/octave
  • Switchable Attenuation Pad: -10dB
  • Maximum SPL: 130/140dB
  • Sensitivity: 28V/Pa
  • Equivalent Noise Level A-Weighted: 18dB SPL
  • Typical Load Impedance: >500 Ohms
  • Output Source Impedance: 200 Ohms Transformer-isolated
  • Dimensions: 9.5" x 2.4"
  • Weight: 2.0 lbs
  • Standard Accessories: SM-7 Shock Mount Foam Windscreen
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4.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great All Around

By P.L. Middleton

from Pa

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I purchased this mic per the advice of a buddy. He said that he has the ST55 and I have listened to a lot of his work and was impressed with the in your face vocals that the ST55 can produce. So purchased The ST79 this mic has a ginormous sound to it. It has very nice highs in the 10-16K range, it is not harsh sounding at all. The 5K is just perfect and the clarity of this mic is phenominal. I have also used it as an overhead for drums and this sizzles perfectly. I love it so much I am purchasing a second one. I have used many top of the line mikes from Neumann to AKG to Audio technica, the quality definately is comparable to the U87. thats my take and I am entitled to it. Vocal chain is ST79, SC1 Mic pres, RME Fireface800, Cubase 4.5

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Mic @ an unbelievable Price

By Wildcat-kJfro

from Nevis - West Indies

A superb mic for vocals. Tested against my favorite all rounder Mic the AT4033a with it's full, silky, detailed & warm sound. In the studio test the ST79 recorded much quieter in volume and thinner in sound however, it blew me away with it's classic sound characteristic. wow! Perfect 70's-80's sound @ an unbelievable price!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Decent Vocal Mic

By Donny Danger

from Austin, TX y'all

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Surprisingly, this mic sounds pretty much like the product description says: warm and full bodied with just a touch of top end "air" to add some slight presence sparkle to vocals. Not way overhyped and tinny on the top end like a lot of budget condensers. I did a direct A-B shootout on vocals and drum kit against a RODE NT2-A, Blue Bluebird and Studio Projects C1. I consider the Rode to be a fairly flat/accurate mic without a hyped top end; the ST79 sounded very similar to the RODE but with just a bit of added high end sparkle. Bluebird was much brighter with less low end and body. In comparison the Studio Projects mic sounded like a super trebly tin can, (not that there's anything wrong with that in certain situations). I think this will work out nicely as a "go to" vocal mic in my home studio.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

OUTSTANDING...

By Rdart50

from New England

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Sometimes you get more than you pay for; and this is one of those situations. I actually bought this mic back in early December and finally got a chance to put it through its paces in a session, yesterday. Positively excelled at evrything I used it on: Acoustic guitar, lead & background vocals. Can't wait to try it on cello next week. My room is a "Live-End/Dead-End" type of affair (no seperate control room), that has been acoustically "corrected" (Bass traps; panneling to reduce "flutter-echo" and side-wash in area of the desk/monitors, as well as other treatments that render the room about 50/50 for absorptive & reflective qualities: pretty neutral. The outboard in my humble (Pro Tools 002 LE Rack) studio is decidedly budget-concious (that would be low-budget...) but also effective: ART Pro VLA, ART Pro Channel, (2)Studio Projects VTB-1s, DBX 166XL, Behringer ADA800 (c'mon, right?-works flawlwssly); Rode NT2-A, Studio Projects C1, AKG C535s, SM-57s (several), etc. Nothing too fancy here. A friend of mine who's a very experienced, long time pro-audio professional (in many areas), who was raised on analogue (like myself) and has years of experience and an abundance of outboard and cool mics (U8 old U47{!}; 414s, Telefunken, etc...), helps me run sessions, and was positively floored by the sounds we got out of this mic (Smooth and sweet, with a huge sweet-spot, open, detailed and DEEP...) and is bringing some of his stuff over next week to A-B. He's said he's very nervous of the results of the shootout. Buy one, you won't be sorry...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An excellent mic

By Caligulatron

from Washington, DC

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I know that Sterling gets a bum rap from a lot of folks because of the scaled down groovetubeness of the mics but let me tell you, for the money this big honkin' mic really improves the quality of recordings. I am a home recorder. I don't have ideal rooms, but I have a pretty clean signal path, running this into a Presonus Eureka and then a tascam 1884. I record with Cubase 4. I can say that this mic paired with the preamp provide clean, uncolored sound that you would have to pay decent coin for at a budget studio anywhere.Is it a Neumann? No. But it provides warm clarity that you get from higher end solid state mics, and for most project recorders that can be a godsend.The pattern switch is a blessing, and I've used it to record everything from loud loud band practices, to backup vocals with the figure eight, to simple vocals and instruments with the cardioid. I was a little leery about this mic at first, but it's really held up in a way I didn't think it would as an "off brand" mic. It blows my Shure ksm 32 out of the water in many respects for instance. Audiophiles will probably scoff at it for sounding a little too clinical and crisp, but at some point, in a less than ideal acoustic environment, higher dollar mics just don't get you enough return to justify the purchase. You won't regret this one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Mic!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Using this on a male tenor vocal produced a nice tight clear sound. Almost no EQ was needed. I also recorded an acoustic guitar along with a cardioid mic. I used the Sterling ST-79 with a figure-8 pattern and blended them. Well balanced full sound. The included shock mount works well. Comes with a foam windscreen as well, but for the money, they should include their pop filter, too.I like it, I'd recommend it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Mic period!

By P.L. Middleton

from Pa

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Many times I read, "thats a great piece of equipment for the money". I have to say that this is a great mic period! I have compared it with several mics (Rode nt1, NT1000, NTK, MXL 990, Neumann tlm 103, 49)and it has out classed them all. This mic is a very well put together mic. The first day that I owned it my client knocked it down a flight of stairs and it still worked perfectly. The sound is rich and the features: -10db pad, hp filter, cardiod patterns enables you to accomodate many voices both male and female. I am not much for the rock style of singing and many "rockers" give great reviews on gear and for that I am grateful, however when it comes to different genres more specifically the above listed their review are ot as helpful as they are purposed to be. Perhaps for the Gospel/ Urban/ Contemporary etc. engineers will be enlightened by this winded review. Try this mic, you;ll not regret it. Peace.

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