Only a couple of years ago, British microphone manufacturer Sontronics released the ‘Aria’. This was the first modern valve microphone for under £1K. The last two years has seen this microphone build a phenomenal reputation and has won several awards. I, too, have been a very keen user, and it has become the modern benchmark for many subsequent valve mic releases. But Sontronics have evidently been busy developing a new model called ‘Mercury’.
Sontronics Mercury Variable-pattern Valve Mic
While catching up with the team from Sontronics at the MPX show today, this was at the side of their stand. Parked next door to their Aria microphone, which I rate extremely highly, chief designer Trevor Coley explained the new Mercury to me. The Aria is primarily designed as studio vocal microphone and although it is quite versatile, Trevor explained he wanted to design a ‘studio workhorse’.
I obviously can’t reveal very much about this microphone at this stage, other than I’ve seen it and what I’ve learnt should result in this being another very exciting release from Sontronics. Hopefully, we can reveal more about the mic as it’s released, which should be early in the new year. For now, we can reveal that this will be another valve mic, but this time with a “continuously variable” polar pattern selection. As with their Aria mic, the Mercury will come in its own hard case with a shock mount, power supply and cable. Can’t wait to try it!
Watch this space…
There obviously isn’t any more information available at present – all you can do is get down to the MPX show this weekend and see the mic for yourself. We will, of course, be bringing you more news as soon as it’s available. For any more information about Sontronics and their other microphones, such as the Aria, visit their website: