Aston Microphones Origin Large Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone: Musical Instruments

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From the manufacturer


  1. Transducer Type: Condenser
  2. Acoustic Operating Principle: Pressure Gradient
  3. Directional Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  4. Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz (+/-3dB)
  5. Equivalent Noise Level: 18dB A-Weighted
  6. Sensitivity at 1kHz into 1kohm: 23.7mV/Pa
  7. Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%: 127dB
  8. Signal-to-Noise Ratio (rel. 94dB SPL): 76dB A-Weighted
  9. Pad Switch: -10dB
  10. Low-Cut Filter: 80Hz
  11. 48 Volt Phantom power (+/- 4 Volts) is required for operation

Aston Microphones Origin

Large Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The Aston Origin is a high-performance cardioid condenser microphone utilizing a one inch (1 inch) gold evaporated capsule. It is versatile enough to use with most instruments and excels on acoustic guitar and vocals. Its hand-selected capsule is teamed with high-end transformer-less circuitry using only the best components. The Origin is designed to deliver direct, smooth and intimate sound for a natural and transparent recording.

Aston Microphones have put their hearts and minds into creating the most beautiful performance pieces possible with each Aston product. When it comes to packaging, simplicity is king. Protective, re-useable, environmentally sensible packaging that doesn’t cost the earth.

Anti-conformist, accessible and essential. Each Aston microphone is a flawless blend of passion, soul and purpose. The blend of ‘stop and stare’ dramatic design, exceptional engineering and unrivalled craftsmanship combine to create an emotional experience, something you feel each time you look at one of Aston’s mics. A manifestation of Aston’s passion, Aston microphones and filters are not just exceptionally well-engineered performance instruments; they are works of art which will inspire you to be your best.

Wave-Form Mesh Head

The Aston Origin has our signature wave-form mesh head. This unique design not only looks great, but delivers an unprecedented degree of protection for the heart of your microphone, the capsule. The shock resistant wave-form design allows the head of the mic to distort if given a heavy knock and then return to its normal position, without any damage at all. It also offers a degree of off-axis rejection, helping to eliminate unwanted artefacts from your recordings.

Built-In Pop Filter

Aston’s vocal condenser microphones have an exclusive mesh-knit pop filter built into the wave-form head. The random weave allows sound to pass while virtually eliminating unwanted plosives at source. It also shields against multiple wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation making our microphones ideal in critically sensitive electronic applications. This completely encapsulating, single piece, mesh cage is formed in stainless steel, so won’t rust with use, and can even be removed and washed.

End Caps

Yet another unique design element of the Aston Origin is the use of custom molded end caps with integrated XLR and stand adaptor. Because the internal shock absorption system is so effective, you can mount the microphone directly to a stand via this built in and interchangeable thread adapter. The design also makes Aston microphones extremely easy to repair and maintain.


Part of the beauty of Aston microphones is the custom finish of each chassis. There are no mass-produced paint job finishes here. Instead, each chassis is individually tumbled for up to 4 hours to give it a very hard-wearing and extremely beautiful finish. To perfect the look, each microphone is separately engraved with its legends and Aston’s brand mantra – ‘The Art of Performance’.

Wave-Form Mesh Head

Built-In Pop filter

End Caps



– Superbly balanced mix of discrete and integrated electronic circuitry.

– Harmonized circuit stage arrangement for easy integration from phantom power input circuitry to capsule voltage bias.

– A novel non-linear voltage/current source rectification to provide controlled amplification and smooth/ clear audio.

Additional information


Origin Cardioid Microphone, Spirit Multi-Pattern Microphone

Product Dimensions

20 x 10 x 10 inches

Shipping Weight

1.37 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Shipping Advisory

This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.



Item model number



1 Lithium ion batteries required.

Customer Reviews

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4.6 out of 5 stars

99 ratings

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4.6 out of 5 stars

Best Sellers Rank

#23,349 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)

#281 in Multipurpose Condenser Microphones

Date first listed on Amazon

February 18, 2016

10 reviews for Aston Microphones Origin Large Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone: Musical Instruments

    Daniel Zavala Arciniega
    December 1, 2019
    Excelent quality, big wide open and warm sound. I just compared agains a vintage neumman u47 fet and a microtech geffel m71 on vocals and ac guitars thru an ssl 4000g and it sound as good as them or even better!!.Its a must have am seriusly thinking on buying the spirit also
    February 17, 2019
    This is a great mic.For a good example of the sound quality, check out the Origin mic demo from Stephanie Forryan on YouTube. NOTE: these are raw, unedited tracks.
    Dave Patrikios
    February 17, 2019
    I'm extremely pleased with this mic. It's very versatile — so far had great results on male and female vocalists, acoustic guitar, electric guitar amps, drum overhead, and bass drum resonant head. Very detailed, smooth highs, just enough personality, and built like a tank. And the fact that it's priced under $300 is absolutely bananas. It's a total steal.
    Mauro Naoto Motoki
    February 17, 2019
    I owned a professional studio for more than 10 years, and got to know the best mics in the business, in all price ranges. When I was hired to produce an independent album for an artist in Portugal as a freelancer, I needed an all purpose mic that I could travel with and carry around, and record the acoustic guitars that would be the foundation of the songs in different environments, as well as vocals for vocal arrangements that would be created on the fly, before we headed to the studio for the lead vocals (that would be recorded in a much more expensive Soyuz O17). Guess what? All the vocals and guitars recorded with the Origin ended up in the final mixes, with amazing results. I would dare to say that, comparing to the Soyuz, and strictly from an artistic point of view, it wasn't far behind in delivering the right vibe in every way. The low cut switch worked perfectly to suppress street noises such as the low humming of buses nearby. I strongly recommend this mic as a cheap, and versatile condenser option for guitars and vocals. It is very stylish and well constructed as well.
    Morgan Brady
    November 19, 2018
    This mic can go head to head with the U47 and nearly win. It made electric guitar sound EXACTLY like the amp through the PA. It absolutely did amazing in a pair for drum overheads. It is absolutely incredible. I’ve tried it in comparison to the AT4050 and 4040 as well as a U47. I was on the fence for a long time about buying one. Don’t wait any longer. This will make massive improvements to the capturing of whatever sound source you are using it on
    November 19, 2018
    I think the amount of positive feedback these mics are receiving should tell you something about how amazing they sound. I just simply want to say that if you purchase these mics, do yourself a huge favor and buy a 6" gooseneck! I use my Spirits for drum overheads and apart from them sounding incredible, adding a little gooseneck makes this a perfect microphone. The internal shock absorption is actually really impressive! Amazing mics for the money! Grab you a couple!
    Amazon Customer
    October 26, 2018
    The microphone punches way above its weight for how little it costs. If you're in the market for a string instrument or vocal microphone as a single solution, I couldn't recommend this more.
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    October 26, 2018
    I bought this a few months ago and I must say I'm digging this mic quite a bit for vocal work. It's bright without being harsh - it almost has a ribbon-like quality to the top end that is very pleasing. It works better with a separate pop filter, although the built-in design helps somewhat. The HPF is a bit too high for use with male vocals so I usually leave that off. Having a multi-pattern mic that sounds great for under $400 is a pretty amazing proposition. To make a significant upgrade to my home studio mic would probably cost thousands of dollars. This unit may well be a best-in-price-class piece.
    Amazon Customer
    April 18, 2018
    Amazing sounding Mic. I make learning tracks for living, in short I record myself singing..a lot, and I've been happy with a lot of mics but then I got this one. It blows most mics, for sure all the ones in this price range, out of the water! Nice high end, clear, clean, and I don't have to boost the gain.
    IC Arts & Media
    February 25, 2018
    I've owned it for 8 months now so I think I can give a fair and true review. Too many amazon reviews are given within an hour of opening a box. For anyone condsidering this microphone, they need to know how it holds up under scrutiny and time in a professional use scenario. OK Background: I do professional Voice Over work among other things as an actor. I've recorded in really high end state of the art studios with mics that cost thousands of dollars over the years.I've also had my own home studio for about 8 years and used CAD, GXL, Blue, and other mid - grade mics quite a bit with varying results. All microphones have their pros and cons. As you probably know, you keep the mics that likes your voice, and you use the ones that have the "sound" your looking for in the situation. Every mic has pros, and cons so here's my list for the Aston Origin.PROS:* This microphone has a sound that is warm but very crisp.* There is very little "noise" in the mic.* The proximity effect is good but you don't have to be 2 inches away to get it.* The design is elegant and modern looking so it "feels" very professional and it's full metal construction is rugged* Mounts easily on a standard mic stand due to the mount hole location... so you don't need an extra suspension bracket like other mics. This makes it very efficient and easy to set up in a small space or large and eliminates some hassle.* That makes it easy to mount a pop filter on the mic stand due to the narrow vertical profile created when mounted on top of a mic stand. (see picture above)* The cardioid pattern is very effective at cancelling out background noise, as in better than any I have used that were below $250... but you don't have to stress about being perfectly on axis when speaking to get the full recording spectrum from the diaphragm (Recording element)* Price: This mic has such clarity and detail, I don't think you could find anything better for the price. If you are ready for a true professional mic but don't want to spend more than $300 then this your best option that I know of after all my research.* Handles gain very well (which also has to do with your Preamps), but doing Voice overs I never have to push my vocals and so subtle sounds are clear and present in the recording.CONS:* No USB mount so you gotta have the right XLR / pro sound setup to use it* Single Pattern* A bit heavy which could be a pro depending on how you look at it.* I can't speak to it's ability to handle singing vocals. Sorry I have not sung into it and recorded the results, other than just playing around. But it's very present so you will need to manage the mixer and input levels to keep it from peaking.Overall this is a fantastic microphone that packs a lot more sound quality than anything I know of in this price range. It's not dirt cheap but there are a lot more expensive options out there and they will honestly give you minimal quality increase over the Aston Origin.I even heard a rumor that the Origin is loved by the great Stevie Wonder. Which may prove that the Aston Origin is holding it's own in home studio and professional studio environments. I'd bet on it against any microphone that is under $1,000 out there. If you aren't looking for one with a "signature" sound which this does but it's not overbearing, then this is a great option for you. Its clarity doesn't sacrifice the wholeness needed to pick up the more emotional nuances of a deeper vocal movement. There could be a bit more "bass" response but it's adequate and you can sweeten it in post and you'll get stellar results.Happy recording.
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