The Sontronics STC-10 pencil condenser microphone is a high-quality yet highly affordable small-diaphragm condenser mic excels on drum overheads and percussion as well as acoustic instruments.
With the STC-10, Sontronics Trevor Coley seems to be going out of his way to prove that you can (well, he can) manufacture microphones that off professional studio-quality sound at home studio prices. A small-diaphragm condenser that punches well out of its weight class, the STC-10 sounds ever bit as good, if not better on drum overheads, percussion instruments, acoustic guitar, and more as the more well-heeled studio standards. Featuring the same internal architecture as Sontronics other pencil mics, the STC-10 was purposely created to give producers and musicians an extremely affordable entry point into the ever-growing Sontronics range without any sacrifice in sound or build quality. Quite simply, there’s no reason for any studio not to have one, though two would be better for stereo recording, which is why there’s a pair included in the Sontronics DrumPack Plus condenser microphone set for drum recording and live sound reinforcement.
Sontronics STC-10—Just the Facts:
- Great-value small-diaphragm condenser mic
- Fixed cardioid pattern
- 75Hz high-pass filter
- -10dB pad
- Smooth high-end roll-off
- Ideal for direct-miking instruments and percussion
- Comes with mic clip and foam windshield
- Covered by a lifetime warranty
Sontronics STC-10—Behind the Grille
Far from being a basic microphone, the STC-10 is ideal for any spot-miking application, boasting Sontronics’ signature super-smooth high-frequency roll-off. It also offers excellent flexibility thanks to its two-stage 75Hz high-pass filter and 10dB pad. As a result, STC-10 will give you superb results on acoustic guitar and other strummed instruments, solo strings, woodwind and percussion instruments, and also on guitar amps and brass. A pair of STC-10s is brilliant for drum kit and ensemble recording as well.
Sontronics STC-10 applications
The Sontronics STC-10 can also be used for overhead recording (on its own or in pairs) as well as film production or video work, field recording, stage productions and for all kinds of stereo miking techniques.
STC-10 recommended uses:
- Acoustic guitar and guitar amps
- Solo woodwind & strings
- Sitar, bouzouki and banjo
- String, brass or wind ensemble
- Video/film & field recording
- Foley work
- In pairs for drum kit, overhead & room miking
Read what the pros are saying about the STC-10
Sontronics mics have received rave reviews, awards, and are featured on the touring kits and studio set-ups of major drummers including Dave Grohl, Aerosmith's Joey Kramer, Dom Howard of Muse, and Blur's Dave Rowntree.
"It's incredible how much quality this little mic oozes, especially when it outperforms pencil mics that cost three, four or five times the price!" — Mason Charles, producer/engineer
"STC-10 is a great choice for live recordings and sound reinforcement… at this price you can afford to buy several to use all over the stage or around the studio" — Jan-Friedrich Konrad, producer/reviewer
At this price-performance spec, there’s no reason why every studio, professional or hobby, shouldn’t have at least one STC-10—though two are much better. Order yours today. For more information, call or chat online with your PAD Studio Specialist.
Polar pattern: Cardioid
Pad: 0, -10db
High-pass filter: linear, 75Hz
Frequency response: 30Hz - 20kHz
Sensitivity: 11mV/Pa -39dB ±2dB
(0dB = 1V/Pa @ 1,000Hz)
Impedance: ≤200 Ohms
Equivalent noise level: 18dB
Max SPL: 130dB (for 0.5% THD @ 1kHz)
Power source: 48V ±4V phantom power required
Connector: Three-pin XLR
Dimensions: 150 x 21 x 21mm
Supplied with: Mic clip, foam windshield