24th January 2017: MERCURY MEETS FANS AT NAMM! We're freshly back in the UK after another successful NAMM Show where our newly launched MERCURY valve microphone took the crowds by storm.
The MERCURY was in pride of place on our Sontronics booth, where everyone who tried it loved it. "Wow, this is a stunning mic!" exclaimed an experienced New York producer, while a multi-instrumentalist from Philadelphia couldn't believe it either: "I've tried many mics on my native flutes and drums, but this has to be the best I've ever heard, and I'd include my vintage Neumanns in that list!"
Now we're back at Sontronics HQ, we are finishing the first batch of MERCURYs so if you'd like one, make sure you pre-order now! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
19th January 2017: MERCURY VALVE MIC LAUNCHED AT NAMM! We are proud to announce to announce the arrival of the newest member of our family: the Sontronics MERCURY valve microphone.
Three years in the making, the UK-built MERCURY is a valve condenser mic with continuously variable polar patterns (from omni to figure-of-eight and everything in between), -10dB pad and 75Hz filter controls, and a premium-grade power supply. The mic boasts a hand-selected ECC81/12AT7 vacuum tube and deluxe-quality components that give it a classic beautiful vintage tube sound with incredibly low self noise.
Launching today at the NAMM Show, MERCURY will be on the market from late January and is already available for pre-order with various stores. Be quick, as our first production run is already mostly pre-sold!
14th October 2016: KATIE MELUA'S NEW ALBUM FEATURES ARIA Today artist and songwriter Katie Melua releases her new album In Winter, and she has revealed that all her vocals and guitar parts have been recorded on her beloved Sontronics ARIA microphone.
The album is a beautiful collaboration between Katie and the Gori Women's Choir from Georgia, the former Soviet republic where Melua was born and grew up. Featuring georgeous solo melodies and intricate harmonies, the album release coincides with the start of Katie's European tour: see all dates here.
30th September 2016: WE NEED YOUR HELP! We're very excited to learn that our Sontronics ARIA valve mic for vocals has been nominated for Best Microphone in the Sound On Sound 2017 Awards.
ARIA has been an amazing success since its 2014 launch and is already a favourite with top artists, producers and studios including Katie Melua, Ed Harcourt, PJ Harvey, Howard Goodall, Ed Sheeran, Take That, Paul Epworth and many more.
Please help it (and us) pick up this prestigious award by clicking HERE to vote, and you'll be entered into a prize draw to win over £1,000 of music gear! Thank you.
Voting has now closed - thank you for your help!
11th September 2016: REVERENCE FESTIVAL We've just had the most amazing weekend at Portugal's famous REVERENCE Festival, where we sponsored one of the two main arenas. The Sontronics Stage was equipped with STC-80 vocal mics, DM-series drum mics, STC-1S overheads plus DELTA and HALO mics on the guitar amps.
Over the two days, the 'Palco Sontronics' hosted performances by Killing Joke, Ozric Tentacles, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Zone Six, Summer Of Hate and best-named band, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs!
5th September 2016: STC-10 x2 GIVEAWAY & DISCOUNT CODE! Thanks so much to all of you who entered our STC-10 competition. We had loads of entries and fantastic suggestions of what to use our STC-10 condenser microphone on (including loved-up neighbours, nose-flutes and hedgehogs)!
The two lucky winners were Richard Werner and Mike Wells, so congratulations to you both. We hope you enjoy using your new mics.
If you want to grab an STC-10 for yourself, we've teamed up with Absolute Music to offer a special code that will get you the mic for just £80 (RRP is £105) or a pair for just £160. Click HERE to buy and use the code STC10FIVE at the checkout.
2nd September 2016: SONTRONICS ON SOPHIE'S NEW ALBUM Released today, the new album Familia by Sophie Ellis Bextor features Sontronics mics all over it!
Recorded and produced by massive Sontronics fan Ed Harcourt (whose Furnaces album was released last month), Sophie's new release features Ed's Sontronics ARIA on Sophie's vocals and strings, APOLLO for overheads, and SATURN, HALO and DELTA on various instruments plus guitar amps. "I just love how ARIA sounds on Sophie's voice," Ed told us, shortly before the album was finished, "and the SATURN is a go-to mic for me anyway."
23rd August 2016: NEW-LOOK SONTRONICS WEBSITE Hope you're all enjoying the new-look website, which we launched earlier this month. The home page is graced by some gorgeous new images of our ARIA and the STC-1S pencil condenser taken by professional photographer and musician (and ARIA owner!) Matthew Seed.
The website has been streamlined to make navigation much easier and to include lots more useful information that you've all been asking for. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know. But most importantly, enjoy!
19th August 2016: ED HARCOURT'S NEW ALBUM LAUNCHED The summer just got even hotter with the release of the latest new album Furnaces by Sontronics über-user Ed Harcourt.
Produced by Flood (another Sontronics super-fan!), the new album features Sontronics mics all over it, including ARIA and SATURN on Ed's vocals, DELTA and HALO on guitar amps, and APOLLO for overhead and string duties.
9th August 2016: GOODBYE TO A FRIEND & COLLEAGUE Our thoughts and love go out to the family, friends and colleagues past and present of our good friend Glen Heffner (pictured left, centre of the photo), who we sadly found out passed away at the weekend.
Glen was our southern-States rep for Sontronics in the US, working with our American distribution partners Pro Audio Distribution, and was always an energetic, enthusiastic supporter of Sontronics. He introduced our mics to hundreds of people in the States, many of whom have since become users and friends too.
Glen, you will be missed by many, we are sure of that! xx
The three-pattern mic, supplied with free accessories (popshield, shockmount, XLR cable, mic pouch) is a brilliant studio all-rounder and in this video Sontronics' founder & designer Trevor Coley talks you through its features and recommends how and where it can be used.
With thanks to Giantkiller videography and to the talented Will McNicol for allowing us to use his beautiful backing track.
15th July 2016: CRIBS VIDEO WITH ANDY GRAY Musical genius film and TV composer Andy Gray shows off his studio (including his growing collection of Sontronics microphones) in this new video from Spitfire Audio for whom he's working on a new sample collection.
Andy's beautiful studio based on the Isle of Wight is packed with classic analogue synths, stunning furniture hand-crafted himself and his Sontronics mics, including his new ARIA which, along with his UA Apollo, is all he's used for recording on his latest Hunters TV series project.
Come along, try out the microphones, pick up some Sontronics freebies and grab an invite to the studio sessions in the evenings! Click here for more details.
30th May 2016: SATURN STARS IN EURO 2016 ADVERT Sontronics SATURN is the star of a new TV advert for Portuguese beer brand, Cerveja Sagres, celebrating the Euro 2016 football tournament.
Our iconic multi-pattern SATURN mic features alongside Portuguese presenter and comedian Ricard Araújo Pereira in the advert, which is being shown on national TV throughout the championships. Even a week before the tournament has started, the advert has already had over a million views online.
20th May 2016: NEW NUMAN RELEASE FEATURES SONTRONICS Released today is Gary Numan's epic EP For You, a collaboration between Numan and composer/producer Andy Gray… and it's a total Sontronics fest!
All Numan's vocals on the four tracks were recorded in his LA studio on his SATURN, while the guitar amps, acoustic guitars and drums were recorded in Andy Gray's Isle of Wight studio on his ARIA, DELTA, HALO and DM-1B, and the results are mind-blowing!
The EP is being released ahead of Syfy's new sci-fi series Hunters for which the title track is used as the theme tune. Listen to and download it here.
14th May 2016: IT'S EUROVISION TIME! We're excited to know that Sontronics microphones have played a big part in one of the songs that's made it through to the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final being held in Stockholm this weekend.
The Czech Republic entryI Stand, sung by Gabriela Gunciková, was written, recorded and produced by Swedish duo Biglert & Snyder, who are huge Sontronics fans. They recently revamped their studio and got rid of most of their mics including many vintage, but kept hold of their beloved Sontronics SATURN, DELTA, ORPHEUS, SIGMA and STC-2 on which the vocals for I Stand were recorded.
Good luck guys!
10th May 2016: SONTRONICS AT SWEDISH EXPO All our Sontronics microphones are on demo at this week's LLB (Ljud Ljud Bild) Show in Stockholm, Sweden, on a stand hosted by our Swedish distribution partners Fitzpatrick AB.
Have a listen to the mics, enter our competition and you'll also get to meet Sontronics' founder and designer Trevor Coley who'll be there for the whole show.
The LLB Show is open from 10am to 6pm each day (10th to 12th May) at Stockholmsmassan at Älvsjö (12km south of Stockholm) and entry is FREE! Find out more info here.
27th April 2016: BRILLIANT ARIA REVIEW ON RED DOG BLOG You probably know by now that our Sontronics ARIA valve microphone can't stop picking up awards and fantastic reviews, and here's yet another one!
Guy Perchard is a producer and engineer as well as an online editor for Red Dog Music, and his blog review introduces you to his experiences with the ARIA, from unboxing to recording and mixing.
Give it a read here and if you want to try ARIA out for yourself, contact Red Dog and arrange a demo at their London, Leeds or Edinburgh stores, or even a 7-day trial in your own studio! Call Mike or Roy on 020 7622 7912 for more info.
21st April 2016: GREAT VISIT TO BEDFORD COLLEGE Big thanks to Bedford College who hosted a visit from Sontronics today. It was great to meet all your students and staff!
Our man Steve took a collection of Sontronics mics with him and discussed various miking techniques, setting the mics up to record vocals, drums, guitar amps and acoustic guitar. Hope you all enjoyed it!
if your school, college or university would be interested in a visit from Sontronics – it could be a short talk, a full-on lecture (with PowerPoint and everything) or hands-on recording workshop – then contact us to set it up (email@example.com) and find out more about our Education Programme too!
13th April 2016: BRETT DOMINO NEW TRACK WITH STC-80 We've been massive fans of YouTube musical comedian (or should that be comedic musician?) Brett Domino for years, especially recently since he's got himself some Sontronics mics.
His newest track is an amazing version of Drake's One Dance with Brett performing everything from vocals and ukulele to synths and percussion (including a salt-shaker, shaving mirror and door keys), all recorded on his trusty STC-80.
Click here to watch it now or go to Brett's channel to see all his videos, many of which feature his STC-80 and his go-to SATURN. And don't forget to support his Kickstarter album project, which will be recorded on his Sontronics mics!
7th April 2016: FRANKFURT MUSIKMESSE 2016 It's that time of year again… Sontronics is back in Frankfurt for the Musikmesse exhibition, and our booth (hosted by our German distribution partner Audiowerk) is bigger and better than ever.
Our booth will feature demonstration models of all our mics plus you'll get the chance to pick up some freebies, enter our competition and listen to a preview model of our new Mercury multi-pattern valve.
Sontronics and Audiowerk will be at booth C28 in Hall 9.1 for the whole show (7th to 10th April). See you there!
1st March 2016:NEW SATURN VIDEO NOW ONLINE Another in our new series of microphone introduction videos is now online, and today it's the turn of our Sontronics SATURN.
Our iconic multi-pattern condenser microphone was launched in 2010 and while in development it was beta-tested by super-producers Flood and Paul Epworth who both loved it and now here's your chance to find out more about it.
In this new video (featuring a track recorded by Adam Double, recorded on his Sontronics mics), Sontronics' founder and designer Trevor Coley talks you through what makes SATURN so special, and gives you a bit of insight into what it's capable of (there's not much it can't do!!!). Enjoy, like and comment! Click below to watch it now…
23rd February 2016:SONTRONICS IN EDINBURGH STORE Great news for the good people of Edinburgh this week, as GuitarGuitar has expanded its Digital department, including an impressive demo set of Sontronics mics now available to try out in store.
The two-storey showroom near Murrayfield Stadium has always been known for its impressive collection of (you guessed it) guitars, but is now selling more recording gear than ever. If you want to try our mics out, give GuitarGuitar a call or pay them a visit and ask for Sontronics know-it-alls Jahan, Jay or Matt.
1st February 2016:ARIA ON NEW BLOC PARTY ALBUM Congratulations to Bloc Party on their new album Hymns released this week. We're already loving it… and even more so since we found out most of the vocals were recorded on a Sontronics ARIA!
Hymns is Bloc Party's fifth studio album and was recorded and produced by award-winning duo MyRiot (aka Tim Bran and Roy Kerr) who used their Sontronics ARIA valve mic throughout the process for lead and backing vocals.
25th January 2016:THANKS FOR AN AMAZING NAMM! We're just heading home from our 11th NAMM Show and this has to be the best show ever. Thank you to everyone for making it so fantastic!
We've spent four days showing off our Sontronics mics, gathering opinion from visitors on our new Mercury multi-pattern valve microphone, giving away loads of Sontronics freebies and meeting lots of amazing and inspiring people. We also showed a sneak peek of a couple of other new mic projects to a select few, and the response has been brilliant.
Lots of exciting stuff lined up for 2016 already, and it's only just begun!!
13th November 2015:WE WON BEST MIC BRAND AWARD! Wow! We're so proud and excited to announce that Sontronics won the Best Microphone Brand Award at the Music Industries Association (MIA) ceremony held in London last night.
Sontronics was in a category of 10 other microphone brands, and the winner was decided on the number of votes received in an online poll. We found out on the night that we'd made the final shortlist of five, and were so surprised and delighted when our name was called out as the winner for the second year in a row!
Thank you so much to all of you for your votes and for you continued support of our brand and our mics. You're all amazing!!!
2nd October 2015:NEW VIDEO SERIES STARTS WITH SIGMA We've launched the first in our new series of microphone introduction videos starring Sontronics' founder and designer, Trevor Coley.
The first video focuses on our Sontronics SIGMA ribbon microphone, explaining how it came about, how ribbon mics work and how to get the best results from SIGMA. We have plenty of other videos in the pipeline that all delve deep into the science of microphones and recording technique as well as giving an overview of our products but in the mean time, may we introduce our SIGMA…
20th July 2015: ARIA UP FOR ANOTHER AWARD Our Sontronics ARIA valve microphones continues to impress critics, reviewers and users alike... and now it's been nominated for yet another award.
The product experts at Resolution Magazine have chosen Sontronics ARIA in the Best Microphone category for their 2015 awards, to be voted for by magazine subscribers (who include most of the big-name producers, studios and production companies in the industry).
Keep your fingers crossed for us, but even to be nominated by this prestigious magazine is a great start. Thank you!
June 2015: SONTRONICS ON TOUR WITH BLUR! Yes, it's true! Blur have chosen Sontronics microphones as a permanent part of their world tour live sound rig, which kicks off with two UK TV appearances (TFI Friday and The Graham Norton Show).
Blur's producer Stephen Street used his Sontronics mics in the studio with Graham Coxon to put the finishing touches to Blur's Magic Whip album (their first studio album together in 14 years!) and the band are now recreating that Sontronics-led sound in their stage set-up.
Coxon is using a DELTA and ORPHEUS on each of his guitar amps while drummer Dave Rowntree is using DM-1S on snare, STC-1S for drum overheads and STC-1 with HYPER capsule on hi-hat. They'll also be using five STC-80 dynamic mics for their backing vocals plus three STC-2 condenser mics for brass and sax.
Blur's tour will continue until October, taking in the Isle of Wight Festival plus dates in Europe, Hong Kong, Australia, South America and the US. Look out for us!
10th March 2015: SONTRONICS SATURN WITH COMIC RELIEF Our SATURN mic has played a starring role in a charity video for the BBC by Brett Domino, featuring Sam Smith and Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis.
The SATURN was used to record all the vocals on the track and features in the studio scenes throughout the video which helped raise thousands of pounds for the Comic Relief charity. Click here to view on YouTube or watch below...
25th January 2015: 10th BIRTHDAY AT NAMM SHOW! We're just back from another busy NAMM Show, which was a special one as it marked the 10th anniversary since we launched Sontronics in 2005.
As well as all our microphones on demo, our super-sized booth (hosted by our US partners, Pro Audio Distribution) also boasted birthday balloons, specially personalised M&Ms, new stickers and a sneak peeks at some new products. We'd taken pre-production models of three new mics to the show with us, and they all got a fantastic reception, so look out for news on those.
Thanks to everyone - visitors, colleagues, fellow exhibitors - who made it another great show. Let's make this a year to remember!
1st January 2015: SONTRONICS MARKS 10th ANNIVERSARY 2015, as you may or may not know, marks the 10th anniversary since the launch of Sontronics at the 2005 NAMM Show and we're arranging lots of events to celebrate. Hopefully we'll see you at one of these, but watch out for more on our FB page...
• Wed 4th February: Meet The Maker – Klangfarbe, Vienna, Austria • Wed 11th March: Meet The Maker – Salão Mozart in Porto, Portugal • Mon 23rd March: Educational seminar at Weymouth College Careers Day • 15–18th April: Frankfurt Musikmesse, Germany
• Thur 23rd April: Workshop evening at Production Room, Leeds
• 7–10th May: AES conference in Warsaw, Poland • Friday 8th May: Meet The Maker – Westlake Pro, Studio City, LA • Wed 13th May: Meet The Maker – Red Bull Studios, London (in association with Alchemea and Red Dog London) • 16–17th May: VOX Events voiceover seminar, Derby, UK • 1–3rd June: Workshops and store visits in Cologne, Neusaß & Munich, Germany • Tues 30th June: Best of British open day at SXPro, Baldock, Hertfordshire • 8–12th July: Summer NAMM, Nashville, USA • 5–6th August: Studio workshops & store visits in Scotland • 29th Oct – 1st Nov: AES Conference, New York, USA • 20th – 21st Nov: Music Production Expo, London
29th December 2014: ARIA WINS TWO MORE AWARDS! What a year it's been for our new ARIA mic. It won three awards in its first three reviews (Platinum Award from Future Music, Choice Award from Music Tech and Editor's Choice from Pro Tools Expert), and to finish the year on a high, ARIA has now picked up two more awards!
In November, ARIA was shortlisted for the MusicTech's Best Microphone of the Year and we found out on Christmas Day that we won Gold, so a HUGE thank you to everyone who voted; you did us proud! Meanwhile, ARIA was chosen by Future Music as Best Microphone in their 2014 Gear of The Year round-up. Looks like we're going to need to build a new shelf to put all of ARIA's awards on!
12th December 2014: DRUM MICS STAR ON MAGAZINE COVER Thanks to the reviewers at one of the US's most revered music publications, our drum microphones have made it on to the cover of Recording Magazine.
Reviewer Paul Vnuk Jr. was clearly impressed by the mics, saying of the DM-1B: "Sonically, [it] is a very full-range condenser mic… with a surprisingly crisp and airy top end. On kick this results in a very full, even sound across the spectrum with a very big bottom end.… the two words that stand out are “huge” and “natural". It is also a fantastic bass cabinet mic… it captures the subsonic lows beautifully while grabbing the mid honk of the strings, but never sounds overhyped."
Click here to read the full review. To find out more about our drum mics, click here.
19th November 2014: WE WON 'BEST MIC BRAND' AWARD!!! We're SO proud to announce that last night we picked up the Best Microphone Brand award at at the glamorous MIA Awards ceremony!
Sontronics was in a hard-fought category alongside seven other microphone brands, but thanks to the votes of thousands of Sontronics supporters we not only won the category but also, so we're told by the organisers, managed to pick up more votes than the other seven brands put together, which is absolutely incredible.
We were presented our award by Dan Griffiths, editor-in-chief at Future Music magazine and MusicRadar (who sponsored the award), and Clive Roberts, chairman of the MIA (Music Industries Association).
With our 10th anniversary just around the corner (we launched Sontronics in January 2005 at the Winter NAMM Show), this is just amazing news, and it goes without saying that we couldn't do this without all of you.
Every single person who uses and owns a Sontronics mic is essentially a member of our Sontronics family, and we want to thank you all for your votes, for your support and for continuing to help us spread the Sontronics word!