Sterling Audio, reflecting their passion to provide musicians and recording engineers with high quality microphones at realistic prices, announces their new ST69 Tube Condenser microphone priced at just $599. The Sterling ST69 has already earned praise for its flat natural sound, even and uncolored off-axis response, and high frequency articulation. It is designed to serve equally well in a large studio collection or as a single mic that can handle almost any recording application. "We believe that the Sterling ST69 is one of the best tube microphone values available today, easily comparable with much more expensive, offerings" said Sterling Audio representative Greg Riggs. The ST69 is notable for its amazing warmth, smoothness, and detailed sound which Sterling Audio achieved by combining the best elements of vintage and modern microphone design. At the heart of the ST69's Class-A tube triode design is a Groove Tubes GT6205 low noise, low heat, subminiature tube which combines classic tube tone with increased transparency and reliability. The 1" double-sided multi-pattern capsule, (hand assembled and oven baked for stable long term operation), features a gold-evaporated Mylar diaphragm that is only 3 microns thick. Combined with its Disk Resonator&mtrade; system, this provides the ST69 with exceptionally accurate transient response and sonic detail — extending mid through high frequencies naturally in a smooth sweep. This advanced technology makes it the ideal mic for recording vocals, acoustic instruments and drums. A sleek brushed stainless steel body complements its technical brilliance with stunning looks. Other features include Omni, Cardioid and Figure-8 patterns, selectable -10dB pad and 75Hz,12dB/octave high-pass filter, as well as a custom-wound nickel-core output transformer specifically optimized for the ST69.