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Aston Origin cut out issues

Postby J Houghton » Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:41 pm

Hey all!!

I've recently starting using an Aston Origin microphone to record vocals. It's plugged into a Focusrite 2i2 interface via an XLR to XLR cable. Phantom mode is active and recording on Ableton Live 9 intro. I was doing some recording 2 days ago when I noticed that the sound started cutting out of my vocals through my head phones, then started to fade in about 5 seconds later but then kept on doing this when ever I started to sing again. Each time the microphone come back to producing sound it maxes out the gain which is only set to one third. I've got an old Shure Microphone that I tried out to make sure it was the cable to the interface and both are working fine. So I can only say that the issue is with the microphone.

Is anyone able to help with this or have any recommendations?

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Re: Aston Origin cut out issues

Postby MOF » Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:30 pm

The cable might have an intermittent connection on the earth cable, this would prevent phantom power from working, the SM58 wouldn’t be affected by this.
Are you listening to the microphone directly or is it via software monitoring?
What happens if you turn the gain even lower?
What does the microphone sound like when it is showing maximum gain on the meter, is it clean or distorted?
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Re: Aston Origin cut out issues

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:35 pm

Yes, definitely worth trying a different cable with -- importantly -- different brand XLR connectors. Some far-eastern XLRs aren't dimensioned quite correctly and can make poor contact, so worth ruling that possibility first.

If no better, I'd contact Aston... ( or the retailer if acquired recently).
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Re: Aston Origin cut out issues

Postby James Perrett » Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:45 pm

It could possibly be a contaminated capsule. Every time you sing the moisture in your breath causes an unwanted electrical path to be created which stops the mic from working. When the moisture dries the signal returns.

With condenser mics I usually use an external pop shield when recording vocals to prevent any contamination and also keep the mics covered (or in their box) when not in use.
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Re: Aston Origin cut out issues

Postby J Houghton » Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:29 pm

Thanks for your reply guys!!

@MOF and @Hugh Robjohns:
I used the same XLR cable with a different microphone and it was working. I tired the Aston with a XLR to jack but I don't think the Aston works with a jack, only XLR. Im listening to it through Ableton live 9 intro then through headphones. If I turn the gain lower its still the same issue, it just starts cutting out. And if I turn it full then does the same, cut out but just with an blowout then slowly fades in to then go again.

@James Perrett
I haven't heard of this before but i'm definitely getting a shield now just to rule this out for the future!! Thanks!!

I think i'm going to send it back where I got it from, it's still under warranty just wondered if anyone had heard the same thing or anything similar with condenser mic's

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Re: Aston Origin cut out issues

Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:21 pm

The Ashton Origin is a capacitor mic and needs phantom power, the old Shure, most likely, is a dynamic and doesn't. As MOF and Hugh say, try with another cable in case the earth is dodgy. A dodgy earth would stop the Ashton from working but not trouble the Shure above the possibility of some noise.
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