If you're looking for a versatile and mid-priced condenser then the Sterling Audio ST69 may be the perfect option for you. First off, the mic is all around a good looker, with a brushed stainless steel finish and sleek body design. Under the hood the mic is powered by a mini GT6205 Groove Tubes tube which has been wired to operate as a triode rather than pentode. In addition the ST69 features top of line Wima capacitors.
When used to record vocals the Sterling Audio ST69 Condenser Microphone performs fairly well, filtering out background breathing noises when set back at least six inches away from the vocalist. However, if you want to use the microphone for a more intimate recording setting then, like most microphones, you will want to ensure you implement a pop shield. Listening back to the track, the Sterling Audio ST69 captured a full and rich vocal performance.
Another bonus that one may experience with the Sterling Audio ST69 Condenser Microphone is the fact that it is able to capture a number of sounds that many other microphones miss. This can be problematic if there are a number of background issues, but it can also be a good thing if you are looking to make sure that you capture a full drum or guitar sounds completely. The sounds come across warm and fills the track with ambient noise, which is perfect if you are looking to record in an intimate one on one acoustic setting.
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