British microphone manufacturer, Sontronics, showcased its new ARIA valve condenser microphone at NAMM 2014. Designed by Sontronics founder Trevor Coley, the new product features a large, 1.07-inch, edge-terminated capsule, housed inside a chrome grille.
Benefiting from a hand-selected European 12AX7/ECC83 tube the microphone produces sound quality, expected from classic vintage valve microphones.
The ARIA is supplied with a SPS-2 power supply unit and boasts pad (0, -10dB) and filter (linear, 75Hz) switches as well as a tube-ready LED, which indicates when the mic is warmed up before use.
Coley explained: “I’ve been working on the concept of a vocal-specific valve mic for a long time and the ARIA is the culmination of months of research and beta-testing, which I’ve been lucky enough to do with some incredibly talented musicians and producers.
"The result is a go-to microphone that really is a must-have for anyone serious about achieving the best, smoothest, warmest possible results from any vocal recording,” concluded Coley. Paul Epworth, writer and producer for artists such as Adele and Plan B, said: “ARIA is incredibly smooth with bags of character and it easily competes with any vintage valve microphone!”