The company has also revealed that its range of British-designed microphones, preamps and accessories is now available in Russia thanks to a new agreement with Moscow-based Music Team.
Between now and the end of December, the Europe-wide promotion sees the British mic brand offering free omnidirectional and hypercardioid capsules worth £40 each with every STC-1 pencil cardioid condenser mic (UK RRP £115) bought from a participating retailer. Buy an STC-1S stereo pair (UK RRP £249) and the user will get two of each capsule – worth a total of £160.
The STC-1 is supplied in a wooden box with mic clip and windshield, while the STC-1S pair come in a wooden box with a mounting bar, clips and windshields. As with all Sontronics microphones, both products are covered by the Sontronics Lifetime Warranty and arrive with a free copy of Toontrack Ezdrummer Lite.
Trevor Coley, MD/founder/designer of Sontronics, commented: “Our STC-1 and STC-1S are such versatile mics already, and users tell us they love it for things like acoustic guitar, plucked instruments, woodwind, brass, strings, direct-miking percussion and video/film work. However, with the free interchangeable capsules in the package, you suddenly have three mics in one, making it suitable for overheads, vocals, conferencing, room ambience, orchestral, choral and ensemble applications, especially with the STC-1S pair. We’ve had such wonderful support from all our users around the world that once again we wanted to give something back, so here it is!”
Artist/songwriter Mark Joseph is among those to have sung the praises of the STC-1, describing the mic as “a great find. It’s fantastic on snare, giving a real crack with great clarity and definition. On guitar cab, the natural response of the STC-1 completely captured the gritty guitar I’d dialled into my amp. But I find the tom is where STC-1 excels, giving a strong, true replication with an impressive low end. This one has become a big part of my live set-up. A great mic!”
For full information on the promotion, see www.sontronics.com/offer.htm.
In other recent news, Sontronics has announced new distribution agreements with Russian-based Music Team and US-based Professional Audio Design. Regarding the Russian association, Trevor Coley described it as a “fantastic opportunity to get our products to the Russian market and to musicians who we knew were desperate to get hold of our mics from Russian stores.”
Andrey Yakovlev, sales director at Music Team, commented: “We love the design of the Sontronics microphones, and we know that the build and sound quality is fantastic. We see great potential in introducing Sontronics here, and we know Russian musicians, producers and studios will enjoy the microphones as much we do!”
In the US – where Sontronics enthusiasts include Steve Stevens and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age – the brand’s presence is set to be enhanced by a new deal with distributor Professional Audio Design.
“We have been keeping a close eye on the brand and on the products, over the years,” said Professional Audio Design president Dave Malekpour. “The design ethos, dedicated support and ther lifetime warranty mean Sontronics will be irresistible to any musician. I already use a DM-1B, DELTA and HALO in my band, so I know they are all great mics, they’ve got their own sound and they look awesome! AES New York is going to be an exciting show and we know the brand can only grow from strength to strength out here.”