The ST-221 Torch are the most unique and versatile small diaphragm microphones you will find. It has a surprisingly big low-end and fast transient response, producing original sound when recording instruments. Featuring tons of accessories, the Torch can meet every challenge in the modern day studio.
"I gotta say I'm loving these mics! The Torch is great on Hi Hats." - "Recorded violin... Used the Torch, killer, sounded perfect." Matt Boudreau - Broken Radio Studios, San Francisco
Think small diaphragm mics have a weak low-end? Then you haven't heard these! In our sound design, we have retained the fast transient response that gives the small diaphragm microphone its characteristic natural sound, while adding a full low-end more often associated with a large diaphragm condenser. With this combination, you can open new doors to small diaphragm mic sound.
"Recording solo cello I used both a Horizon and a Torch with the Horizon in front of the F-hole 8 to 10" back and the Torch on the bridge, same distance but with the Omni capsule. The Producer and the Cellist both commented on how great the mics sounded...... " Mark Capps - Multi-Platinum, Three-time Grammy & Marlin Award Winning Engineer
The ST-221 Torch was designed to help you achieve a broad palette of sound. The high SPL handling and generous dynamic range allows you to record loud sources such as kick drums and guitar amps with no distortion. You can also experiment with room character or tight focused sounds with the interchangeable omnidirectional and cardioid capsules. Finally, our custom windscreens reduce adverse effects and protect the capsules when used on highly plosive sources.1
"I used the Torches as the ambient mics, also did a roomy cello part with a Torch in omni and they performed beautifully. The 221s are excellent for applying in lieu of where one would use a ribbon mic. But, they are also special and don't really sound like ribbons at all of course." Ken Stringfellow - Artist/Producer/Engineer
The ST-221 Torch comes with every mounting option you need. The custom made shock mounts reduce excessive vibrations in any environment. The hard mounts are perfect for tight spaces and close micing. The custom designed mounting bar makes it easy to position the mics for stereo recording.1 With these mounts you can resolve every placement challenge you face.
"I used a Torch on a Taylor acoustic guitar; I found a nice bottom end, but a ribbon-like top end. Very Nice! The Torches are also my new mics of choice for drum overheads." Mark Capps - Multi-Platinum, Three-time Grammy & Marlin Award Winning Engineer
Internally each ST-221 Torch features custom tuned 15.25mm diaphragm cardioid and omni capsules, which produce a unique conversion of sound waves. The subminiature military grade vacuum tube generates a fantastic tone and adds a unique character in your recordings. Finally, the custom-wound output transformer and premium electronics come together to give you exceptional performance and original sound.
"I was very impressed by your new Torch mics. The first time I put one up to record my acoustic guitar I forgot that I was wearing headphones. It sounded like my guitar, and not a mic'd version of it. The Torch is dead-quiet, and has a beautifully natural response. I love the full, but controlled bottom end" Michael Nielsen - Composer/Producer
|Type||Pressure gradient condenser|
|Polar Pattern||Cardioid & Omnidirectional|
|Dynamic Range||117dB minimum|
|Impedance||< 200 ohms|
|Max. SPL||0.5%THD@1000Hz: 132dB|
|Self-noise level||< 15dB(A)|
|Sensitivity||14mV/Pa OR -38±2dB 0dB=1V/Pa 1000Hz|
|Special Features||Interchangeable capsules|
|Connectors||7-pin XLR & 3-Pin Standard XLR|
|Power Requirement||Dedicated power supply 100 to 230v|
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