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Sterling Audio ST6050

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  • MSRP: $1,700


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CardioidSterling Audio ST6050

Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The ST6050 “Allen Sides” is the first microphone in Sterling Audio’s Signature Series. It is a premium FET condenser voiced by Allen Sides of Ocean Way Studios, designed primarily for studio vocal applications.

Allen Sides

It’s a spectacular vocal microphone. In some respects I’d compare it to the Neumann U47 fetU47 fet… they were trying to come out with something comparable to a U 47. Well, it didn’t sound like a ‘47, but it sounded very, very good. And became a classic of its own. So I wanted something along those lines, but I wanted to step it up a little bit…

I don’t think there’s anything commercially available, at any price, that’s better than what this microphone is.

The microphone’s capsule is a center-terminated design, specified as “1'' diameter” with 8-micron Mylar diaphragms. The backplate design has not been specified.

The mic has an output transformer.

High consistency in the sound of this microphone throughout a production run has been ensured by enforcing tight tolerances for component selection and manufacturing processes.

ST6050The rear of the microphone body shows Allen Sides’ signature.

The ST6050 includes a foam windscreen, a velvet-lined oak storage box, and an elastic shockmount (p/n SM7-N).

The Sterling Audio ST6050 is also known as: Allen Sides.

The mic was released in 2011.


Frequency Response - CardioidClick Graph to Compare!
ST6050 Cardioid Frequency Response Chart
Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (28 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diaphragm diameter: 25mm
Diaphragm gauge: 8 microns
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 134 dB
Self-noise: 17.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
907g (31.99oz) 241mm (9.49'') 61mm (2.40'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power

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