Sontronics celebrates 5th anniversary with 5 new products


The 2010 NAMM Show saw the fifth anniversary of British microphone brand Sontronics, who marked the event with the release of five new products as well as plenty of positive news.

Despite the difficult economic climate, it sounds like it´s been a great year for Sontronics and the company continues to grow with the release of five new products: SATURN multi-pattern condenser, STC-10 pencil condenser, STC-20 large-diaphragm condenser, STC-2X omni/cardioid condenser and the STC-PAD/PHASE inline switch. Like all of Sontronics microphones, they have been designed from the ground up in the UK, by Sontronics founder, designer and MD Trevor Coley.

“SATURN is the big news,” begins Coley, “and it certainly turned plenty of heads at the NAMM Show. It is of course inspired by the classic vocal mics of the 1940s and 50s, and while it was originally designed for vocals, it actually gives brilliant results on anything you put it in front of! With five switchable polar patterns plus dual pad and filters, it´s our most flexible mic to date. It´s been beta-tested over the last year by various artists, producers and educators including Flood and Alan Moulder, and everyone says it´s an incredible all-rounder.”

The other new mics are inspired by two of Sontronics best-sellers: “While our STC-1 pencil condenser and STC-2 large-diaphragm condenser continue to be as popular as ever we realised we needed to create something for the most affordable end of the market. Our new STC-10 and STC-20 both give users what they need; a price they can afford combined with the first-class sound reproduction and top quality build associated with all Sontronics products.”

“At the same time, I also wanted to push the boundaries of STC-2 so we´ve created STC-2X featuring cardioid AND omnidirectional polar patterns plus a two-stage pad and two-stage filter, all at an incredible price point.”

As well as the new microphones, Sontronics also released a new accessory, the ST-PAD/PHASE. “We know that some people using our ribbon mics have needed some kind of attenuation control when miking very loud sound sources, especially if they don´t have the feature on a desk or audio interface. So we´ve launched the ST-PAD/PHASE inline switch with two -10dB attenuation/pad switches (giving a sum of -20dB) plus a 180° phase invert control, useful for dual-miking snare drums.”

To celebrate the 5th anniversary, anyone in the UK or Ireland purchasing a new Sontronics microphone* from an authorized dealer between 14th January and the end of February will be able to claim a free STC-80 Dynamic Mic worth £79 RRP.

More information: Sontronics

* Promotion includes the following microphones; STC-1, STC-1S, STC-2, STC-6, Orpheus, Helios, Omega, Sigma, Delta, Apollo, prices start at £110. It does not include the STC-80 and is subject to terms and conditions.


The Charlatans 10th studio album will be available as a free download

The Charlatans - You Cross My Path

The Charlatans have followed in the footsteps of Radiohead and Saul Williams by offering their new album as a free download.

From the Charlatans website:

The Charlatans 10th studio album, You Cross My Path, will be available in its entirety as a FREE download from Xfm’s website and The Charlatans official site from Monday 3rd March 2008.

The album will then get a physical CD and vinyl release, in 33 countries, on May 19th through Cooking Vinyl. This will include a deluxe edition and strictly limited vinyl 45’s box set of the LP.

The album is preceded by a free single download, through XFM and The Charlatans site, entitled Oh! Vanity, on February 25th.

You Cross My Path was recorded in Los Angeles, Ireland and the bands own studio, Big Mushroom, in Cheshire. Produced by The Charlatans and long time collaborator James Spencer, and mixed by Alan Moulder.

The new single You Cross My Path can be downloaded here.

Did you spot that name Alan Moulder?

Wikipedia refers to him as A major architect of the modern British rock sound.

Moulder has worked with such artists as Gary Numan, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Ride and My Bloody Valentine, as well as with many American artists, including Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins and Blonde Redhead.

He also happened to have mixed Saul Williams’ The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!


Saul Williams – The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!

Saul Williams has presented his new new album, produced by Trent Reznor and mixed by Alan Moulder, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!

Saul Williams - The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!
Saul Williams – The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!

And guess what? you can get it free of cost if you like.

You have 2 options to pre-order this album (download available November 1):

  1. Pay USD $5, your download will be available in the following formats:
    • 192Kbps MP3
    • 320Kbps MP3
    • FLAC lossless audio
  2. Don’t pay, you will receive it in 192Kbps MP3 format.

That’s more like it! Radiohead’s recent offer wasn’t bad, but this one has FLAC!

All versions include a PDF with artwork and lyrics, and the mp3s (encoded with LAME v3.97 and love) are 100% DRM free, and can be played on any device.

Visit the album site for more info.

Link via CDM