I've lurked and used the sound on sound forums as a resource for a good while now so I
thought that it's about time I added to the forum. Below is a review taken from my blog of
the Sontronics STC 80 mics.
Back in April I took delivery of some Sontronics
STC 80 Mics. I thought I'd leave the review a couple of months so that I can give an
honest "in use" opinion.
The STC 80's are handheld dynamic mics, I've bought
them to replace my industry standard Shure SM58’s for live sound. Sontronics say that
they're also good for recording vocals, guitar cabs and rack toms too.
Pricewise they come in at around £75, so about the same, maybe slightly less than my
Straight out of the box impressions are very positive. I've bought six,
a quad pack and two more individuals. The quad pack is four mics in a good quality flight
case, ideal for gigs. I was pleasantly surprised that the two individuals also come in
their own mini flight cases, in fact I'm over the moon about that as the "pencil cases"
that other mics come in just don't offer enough protection if being taken from gig to gig.
They come with their own clips as they're a little bigger more like the size of the Audix
They're heavier than other similar mics which I thought some singers may
complain about but that hasn't been the case I don't think it's bothered them in the
slightest. However the extra weight does put a little more strain on the clips so they
have required tightening at some gigs.
The main gig I'm using them on is a big
soul band with four vox (3 female, 1 male) we also have a tenor sax and trumpet.
The first thing I noticed was that the signal comes through a little hotter than with
our previous mics, a good sign. In use I think they sound very nice, a very crisp detailed
top end and a present bottom end. The vox sound great through these mics, they have a
little extra top end clarity on them compared with the SM58s which is a great thing live.
The horns are also sounding good through these (in the past we were using an SM57) I'm
particularly pleased with the tenor sound. I’ve also had no issues with feedback using
I've done a couple of quick recordings with these in youth clubs where I
didn't want to take other mics (I do a lot of community music work) I was pleasantly
surprised with how well they came out and have no hesitation in using them again. I
haven't yet tried them on guitar cabs or toms (where Sontronics also suggest they'll work)
I have no reason to think they wouldn't sound good.
You can hear one of the
“backroom at a youth club” recordings on Soundcloud http://soundcloud.com/readipop/i-dont-love-you-goodbye
recorded into Reason via an Avid MBox.
Overall I'm over the moon with these
mics and would highly recommend them if you're wanting a good versatile live mic - these
are cheaper than an SM58, sound better and come in the heavy duty case. The fact that they
are good and usable for recording is a bonus and one I can see myself making increased use
of. The only slight annoyance being the strain they put on a mic clip but I can live with
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