With some of the biggest advances in mic technology in decades, conceived and designed from the ground-up, Stealth is the world’s most versatile micr...Click To Read More About This Product
Highly versatile broadcast-quality microphone with 4 switchable voices.
With some of the biggest advances in mic technology in decades, conceived and designed from the ground-up, Stealth is the world’s most versatile microphone. Boasting settings for four separate voices, each one rigorously tested to deliver unparalleled performance across a wide range of applications, Stealth also introduces a host of innovative technological features offering significant improvements over traditional mic designs. An autodetect function senses 48V phantom power and chooses passive or active mode as appropriate, and a built-in, premium-grade Class-A Mic Preamp dispenses with the need for an external gain-lifting device in active mode. Stealth features a unique Sorbothane internal shock mount system and Aston’s legendary build quality. Stealth was developed in conjunction with more than 90 top engineers, producers and artists who participated in blind listening tests throughout the mic’s development. The resulting four-voice settings, Vocal 1, Vocal 2, Guitar and Dark, offer an unprecedented variety of professional sounds across a broad range of applications.
Four settings, four different voices
Think of Stealth as four professional microphones in one. Each setting has been voiced by a panel of more than 90 top flight audio engineers and producers on the Aston 33 panel through a series of double-blind listening tests, beating not only every mic in its class, but some far more expensive ‘industry standard’ mics. There are 2 vocal settings, optimized for different vocal textures, a guitar setting which is equally suited to Spanish guitar, Electric guitar cab and steel string acoustic, and a dark, vintage setting, reminiscent of classic ribbon mics. Mics which apply ‘flattering’—but destructive—pre EQ makes professional post-processing almost impossible. Stealth, however, provides a choice of four pure, high-quality signal paths. The voice settings are not EQ filters, they are contour networks, meaning the bulk of the signal does not pass through any sort of filter circuitry. The whole signal is slightly attenuated, with some frequencies being added back in at a higher level. This results in much lower phase distortion than conventional filter designs.
Active & Passive modes with 48V Autodetect function
Stealth works with or without 48V phantom power. In passive mode (unpowered) the active circuit is completely bypassed and Stealth operates with the simplest possible signal chain to give a beautifully clean sound. A unique (world’s first!) built-in Autodetect function senses the presence of 48V phantom power and will automatically switch the mic to active mode to utilize the onboard class A mic preamp.
Built-in Class-A mic preamp and unique Sorbothane internal shockmount
When in active mode Stealth features a high-quality built-in Class A Mic Pre, dispensing with the need for an expensive external gain lifting device. Stealth features a fully balanced signal path from capsule to output, yielding a superior reduction of ‘Common Mode’ noise compared with single-ended (unbalanced) designs. Aston Stealth includes a proprietary internal shock mount design with the mass loaded capsule being suspended in mid-air, completely isolated from the mic chassis, and supported at 3 points by Sorbothane polymer hemi-spheres. Sorbothane is a synthetic viscoelastic urethane polymer used as a vibration damper and acoustic shield used in computing, hi-fi and many industrial applications.
Legendary Aston build quality
Like all Aston microphones, Stealth is built for work. Proprietary manufacturing techniques and the use of novel materials have created a near-indestructible microphone, equally at home in the most demanding of recording environments, or with the rigors of life on the road. The chassis is constructed from extruded aluminum and finished with a sleek, ‘soft-feel’ urethane-acrylic coating. The four voices are accessed via a discreet, flush-aligned rotary switch which cannot be accidentally moved during performance or in transit. Stealth’s phantom power mode is indicated by the soft glow of Aston purple LED floodlights. These can be switched off when the mic is to be heard but not seen, for example in broadcast and video environments.
The Aston 33 – the blind-testing process
The Aston 33 (so named after the original members) is now a panel of more than 120 top producers, engineers and artists who work with Aston on new product development to ensure every mic is best in class before it is released to the market, 92 of whom worked directly on the development of Stealth. They perform double-blind listening tests on a range of possible versions of each new mic, plus ‘industry standard’ models from key manufacturers and vote on performance on a variety of sources (vocals, guitars and so on). In tests, the panel does not know which mics they are listening to or even which are included in the tests, so the resultant votes can’t be biased by brand reputation or an expectation of how a certain microphone should sound.
Some surprising results arose from the Stealth project testing. For example, the prototype Stealth voicing that consistently came top in the voting for female vocal takes came off worst for male vocals and vice versa, regardless of the pitch of the singer! Furthermore a different voicing came top for ALL guitar sources, from fingerpicked acoustic through to miked distorted guitar cabs. These discoveries, derived from more than 9000 data points, were the catalyst for the Aston team to set about reimagining the microphone from the ground up. Stealth is not a jack of all trades, it truly excels at capturing professional-quality audio in almost every situation, and masters them all.
Vocals, guitars, studio, stage and more—Stealth has you covered!
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