"I first saw Sontronics mics in a local shop. I loved the retro-styling and immediately bought two HELIOS valve mics! In addition I now have two ORPHEUS and a SIGMA ribbon mic as well.
"I've found the HELIOS to be the best all-round mic – it seems to be able to handle anything from guitar cabs to strings to horns and drums with no problem. I would have to say that the HELIOS gives the U47 some serious competition!
"The HELIOS, being my particular weapon of choice for vocals, has been used for the Kaiser Chiefs, Pigeon Detectives and The Cribs, cutting through the mix with consummate ease. Also Wiz Khalifa used the HELIOS for vocals on a recent session for Atlantic Records (New York).
"The ORPHEUS is brilliant on acoustic and electric guitars, and for overheads.
"The SIGMA gives a very pleasing and warm characteristic to the sharpest of guitar cabs, and is used on a daily basis, including as a secondary mic for acoustic instruments, adding body to the sound.
"Over the years I have used many different brands of mic and I am always blown away by the consistently high build quality and sonic attractiveness of all Sontronics mics. Whenever I have needed any support (eg, replacement valves), Trevor [Coley, founder & MD] has always been totally on the case and has supplied by return of post. A fantastic service for a professional studio!
"Another important factor is to be able to rely on a good, accurate performance and these mics consistently deliver! There's a certain coolness to the retro designs, so they attract much comment. Only one last thing to add: the quality.. it's extremely impressive! Keep it up!"