SONTRONICS SIGMA 2 phantom-powered ribbon mic
Posted on: Tuesday 4th of September 2018
Eleven years after the introduction of the Sontronics SIGMA, one of the world’s first phantom-powered ribbon microphones, Sontronics have introduced the UK-made SIGMA 2. Following experiments with the highest quality components (which resulted in the multi-award-winning ARIA and MERCURY valve condenser mics), Sontronics decided to turn attention to their ribbons, and after two years of investigation, significant investment and tireless testing, a new generation of quality ribbon microphones was born.
The new SIGMA 2 is hand-made at Sontronics HQ and employs unique circuitry, Britsh-made electronics, including a premium-quality custom-wound transformer (made exclusively for them in their home town of Poole), precision-cut and moulded British stainless steel mesh, and CNC-engineered metal internal and external parts. SIGMA 2’s circuitry incorporates RFI (radio frequency interference) filters that ensure that SIGMA 2’s signal remains interference-free and makes the microphone even more suited to live use than before.
SIGMA 2 has extremely high sensitivity and incredibly low self-noise making it ideal for capturing vocals, speech, solo woodwind, stringed instruments and guitar amps*, presenting an exceptionally detailed, accurate, natural sound. Utilising the same super-sensitive ribbon motor as the original, SIGMA 2 offers stunning clarity and definition in the top end but is claimed to now also posses richer mid and low tones. A pair of SIGMA 2 (either spaced separately or in X-Y configuratio) can be used for extremely effective overhead and room miking, upright or grand piano, string quartet and other ensembles.
“SIGMA captures performances with a special warmth and vibe that only vintage ribbons do. It is the new vintage standard!”
MICHAEL ‘FISH’ HERRING ARTIST/PRODUCER (Prince, Cristina Aguilera, 2Pac, Mariah Carey)