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DBX 386 & Aston Starlight Matched Pair - Bundle

DBX 386 & Aston Starlight Matched Pair - Bundle
£948.00 (inc. vat)
£790.00 (ex. vat)

Brand: DBX

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This bundle features the DBX 386, 2 channel interface with the Aston Starlight Stereo pair pencil microphones. This bundle is great for overhead recording for beginners and pros alike. The unique laser feature of the Starlight pair makes setting up in the studio or on stage quick and simple.

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DBX 386 & Aston Starlight Matched Pair

The DBX 386 & Aston Starlight bundle provides you with high quality gear to get oustanding stereo recordings. The DBX 386 boasts many of the same features as other products in the Silver Series, such as +48V phantom power, a phase invert switch, and low cut filtering; but also includes digital outputs in both AES/EBU, and S/PDIF formats. The Aston Starlight Stereo Pair is a set of laser targeting pencil microphones, the first of their kind. These microphones allow precision mic positioning in studio use, and incredibly quick and easy set up in live applications. This truly astonishing microphone also showcases Aston’s unique variable voice switching for sound contouring, a nearly indestructible build quality, our signature sintered head, and Aston’s, now famous, tumbled 100% stainless steel chassis.

Starlight Features

The addition of a Class 2 lasers to our Starlight SDC, with on/off switch, allows the user to recall mic positions in the studio so set up can be easily replicated. It also means, for touring bands, that mic positions can be marked off on drums etc, and set-up becomes a breeze. It's a world's first and a big leap in helping to get a consistent sound whatever the situation.

Sintered Metal Head
Sintering is not new to the mic world, though seldom used… but we’ve taken the technology a step or 2 further than ever before. We tested many thicknesses of sintered head, as well as the average size of the sinter spheres, and combined that with nickel plate which is controlled to only a few nanometres thickness to achieve near perfect acoustic porosity. In addition the head is virtually indestructible, so like all Aston mics, it can take any amount of studio or even live use and will never let you down.

Voice Switching
Yet another remarkable step-up in technology, performance and cool features! The Starlight has 3 modes of operation, courtesy of some very fancy front-end filtering between the capsule and PCB. You can choose between Vintage, Modern and Hybrid settings to get the perfect tone response for your application… guitar cab, drums, strings, even vocals… whatever the application you’ll get a perfect fit for your music, and each setting has been carefully tuned to give superb top-flight performance, way beyond Starlight’s price point.

DBX 386 Features

  • Two channel tube microphone preamplifier
  • Selectable 96 kHz, 88.2 kHz,48 kHz, or 44.1 kHz sampling rate
  • 24, 20, and 16 bit wordlengths
  • Selectable dither and noise shaping
  • AES/EBU and S/PDIF digital outputs
  • Word clock sync input and output
  • Separate analog and digital output control
  • Type IV conversion system
  • 60 dB of gain and +/- 15 dB of output gain
  • Selectable mic/line switch
  • 48 volt phantom power
  • 20 dB pad
  • 75 Hz low cut filter
  • Phase reverse
  • 12 segment LED analog/digital


DBX 386

  • Mic Preamp Connector: Female XLR Pin 2 Hot; Electronically balanced/unbalanced
  • Mic Preamp Input Impedance: 330Ω
  • Mic Preamp max input level: -9 dBu or +11 dBu with 20 dB pad engaged
  • CMRR: >40dB, Typically 55dB
  • Mic Preamp Equivalent Input Noise (EIN): Typically -120 dBu with a 150Ω source load, 20Hz to 20kHz BW
  • Input Connectors: (instrument/line) 1/4" Jack
  • Input Type: (line) Electronically balanced/unbalanced; (instrument) Unbalanced
  • Max Input: (instrument/line) +21dBu balanced or unbalanced
  • Gain Adjustment Range: (drive control) Line/Instrument: -15dB to +15dB; Mic: +30dB to +60dB
  • Output Connectors: Male XLR Pin 2 Hot and TRS 1/4"
  • Output Type: Servo-balanced/unbalanced
  • Output Impedance: Balanced 120Ω, unbalanced 60Ω
  • Max Output: >+21 dBu, >+20 dBm (into a 600Ω load)
  • Digital Output Connector: XLR for AES/EBU, RCA for S/PDIF
  • Digital Output Impedance: 110Ω for AES/EBU, 75Ω for S/PDIF
  • Word Sync I/O Connectors: BNC
  • Word Sync Input Impedance: 75Ω terminated by internal jumper
  • Word Sync Input: 96, 88.2, 48, or 44.1kHz word clock
  • Word Sync Output: 96, 88.2, 48, or 44.1kHz word clock
  • Output Level: -15dB to +15dB
  • Line Switch: Selects between microphone and line inputs
  • Mic Preamp Phantom Power: +48V
  • Pad Switch: 20dB pad
  • Phase Invert Switch: Reverses pins 2 and 3 of the microphone input XLR
  • Low cut Switch: 75Hz, 12dB/octave high pass filter
  • Frequency Response: (analog) <10Hz to 75kHz
  • THD+Noise: 0.35% typical at +4dBu out, 1kHz, 40 dB gain
  • Interchannel Crosstalk: Typically –80dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • A/D Converter: dbx® Type IV® A/D Conversion System
  • Sample Rate: 96, 88.2, 48, or 44.1kHz selectable
  • Wordlength: 24, 20, or 16 bit selectable
  • Dither Type: TPDF, SNR2, or none
  • Noise Shape: Shape 1, Shape 2, or none
  • Digital Output: S/PDIF or AES/EBU
  • Digital Output Dynamic Range: 107dB typical, A-weighted, 22kHz bandwidth
  • Operating Voltage: DO: 120VAC 60Hz, 100VAC 50/60Hz; EU: 230VAC 50/60Hz
  • Power Consumption: 35W
  • Dimensions: 1.75'' x 7.75'' x 19'' (4.5cm x 19.7cm x 48.5cm)
  • Weight: 6.89 lbs (3.17kg)
  • Reference: 0dBu = -16dFS, 0dBu-0.775Vms

Aston Starlight Stereo Pair

  • Transducer Type: Capacitor
  • Acoustic Operating Principle: Pressure Gradient
  • Directional Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz (+/- 10dB)
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 15dB A-Weighted
  • Sensitivity at 1kHz into 1kohm: 42.1mV/Pa
  • Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%: 130dB/ 140dB/ 150dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (rel. 94dB SPL): 79dB A-Weighted
  • Pad Switch: -20dB/-10dB/0dB
  • Low-Cut Filters: 80Hz, 140Hz
Additional Information

Additional Information

Manufacturer DBX