Avenson Audio STO-2

I was reminiscing about a recording session where my buddy and I were recording a tack piano. He took out a stereo pair of the Avenson Audio STO-2. I couldn’t believe the sound of these mics:


When I want something bad, I tend to imagine in detail what I’ll do with it once I get it. I can’t wait to put the STO-2’s on the mic stands, plug it into some Mogami gold cables, direct into my Audient iD44, and then see what they sound like on a ton of different sources.

Here’s the uses I’m totally going to use these mics for:

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  1. Baldwin Acrosonic piano at my office. Stereo XY is my first experiment.

  2. A friend lets be borrow his beautiful Martin acoustic guitar, one whose sound is the best I’ve ever heard from an acoustic. I am dreaming of the day I get to record this guitar with a pair of STO-2’s in an XY but also other patterns.

  3. I’m dying to find out what these mics sound like in a chamber ensemble situation as a stereo pair.

  4. I would love love love to find out what these sound like on a Decca tree when recording larger ensembles in a sophisticated recording hall.

  5. Thunderstorms. I love nature, and I love recording the sounds of nature, like this album I did a couple of years ago:

The best thing about these mics is how transparent they are. I hope the owners of Avenson Audio don’t mind me borrowing their mic response chart, but it is mind-blowing:

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I can’t wait to get my hands on a pair of these. I am literally dreaming of them now, like I’m in a dream and they are in my hand and I’m mic’ing up a piano (yes, I’m a nerd for good sound). They’ll look so good when they’re hooked up in my studio, and it’ll make me sound so much better… Ahh the waiting game!