Aston Stealth – Good Mic for Podcasting & Streaming?

Aston Stealth – Good Mic for Podcasting & Streaming?


I’m Tom from Scan Pro Audio and this
is a film about the Aston Stealth microphone and its suitability
predominantly for streaming and podcasting. The stealth is an end address
dynamic mic that means it’s got an XLR connection on the bottom and you talk
into the top of it and not the side as you would do with many large diaphragm
condensers. It’s got a very evident proximity effect so the closer you get
to the top of the microphone, the deeper and bassier the tone becomes stealth
differs from similar mics because for the best results it should be used with
phantom power which enables its built-in preamp. It also has a complex built-in
shock protection system so it doesn’t need an elastic cradle and unlike many
condensers. Most similar dynamic mics like the Shure sm7b have a very low
output level so mostly need an inline preamp to boost the signal up without
getting a lot of hiss along with it. The stealth has not one but four
different preamp circuits, one designed for male voice, female voice, guitar and
one with a darker old-school ribbon mic type tone. You can swap these by rotating
the dial in the base. Streaming can differ from podcasting and other
broadcasting as most streamers won’t use this radio station style like I am at
the minute but have it rather further away and in a crop shot, so you’re just
out of your head and shoulders shot it’s also got great off axis rejection so
sounds that aren’t coming from the top will be greatly reduced. Let’s put all
this to the test, i’ll level match the results afterwards to be the same volume.
For streaming, you do this with the microphone gain on your interface. This is what the male voice setting sounds like close up .this is what the male voice setting sounds like on a crop shot this is what
the female voice setting sounds like up close and the female setting on a crop
shot this is what the dark setting sounds like up close
and again the dark setting on a crop shot now let’s see what the off-axis
rejections like and to do that I’ve got a mechanical
keyboard the gamers favorite however it makes an awful lotta noise so let’s see
how well stealth copes with that in comparison to a large diaphragm
condenser in this case, a lewitt LCT 550 Here is the stealth mic and the keyboard
beneath me here is the Lewitt and the keyboard beneath me here’s the stealth
mic and the keyboard on a crop shot here’s the lewitt and a keyboard on a
crop shot. I’ve been using stealth for about a week and I found a couple of little nuances with it. we’re back on the male voice setting and what I have found is it’s slightly susceptible to plosives so if I go directly on axis and then say
something like “prototype basketball, prototype basketball” what I have found
is you can use a foam mic screen stretch it over the top, but not all the way
on. If you can still see two rings that means it’s about two and a half
centimeters or an inch from the top of the microphone and then you can hear
I’ve got a real lovely close up tone and if I say prototype basketball prototype
basketball I’ve got almost no popping that’s left when using this really close
up prototype basketball prototype basketball prototype basketball
prototype basketball alternatively face the camera I’m not obscuring my face but
it’s pointing towards my mouth blatantly and then all of the plosives head
towards the camera and not directly into the mic capsule so “prototype basketball
prototype basketball” isn’t giving me exactly the same problem so there’s when
I was exactly on axis. It’s also it’s a very heavy microphone make sure that your
stand is up to it, or don’t have it boomed out quite as far
you may need to find a stand that has got a counterweight on the end because
it has got the tendency to move because it’s rock solid, this thing is built
literally like a tank, the build quality is massively impressive, but of
course that brings weight with it, so make sure that your mic stand is up to
it. it actually is very clever because it comes with its own clip it simply pops
in the bottom. Leave that on the stand and take the mic on and off really
easily, so if you are using this in the studio you’re not constantly having to
screw and unscrew the microphone it’s very well thought of.

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