The STC 1 and STC 1S can be adapted to suit any situation with the help of Sontronics Omni and Hyper capsules. These small interchangable capsules change the pickup pattern of the mic so that it captures exactly what you want whilst rejecting what you dont.
As the names suggest, these 2 capsules offer omnidirectional and hypercardioid patterns, making your STC-1 or STC 1S even more versatile in both studio and live environments.
Here's what Sontronics say about their STC Capsules
Our simple-to-use OMNI and HYPER capsules add even more flexibility and versatility to our best-selling Sontronics STC-1 and STC-1S small-diaphragm condenser microphones.
The cardioid capsule head that comes as standard with our STC-1 and STC-1S pencil mics can be easily unscrewed and interchanged with these optional OMNI omnidirectional and HYPER hypercardioid capsules, essentially giving you three mics instead of one (or, in the case of the STC-1S stereo pair, six mics instead of two!).
The omnidirectional OMNI capsule is desgned to completely open up the area of sound that the STC-1 or STC-1S can pick up. This allows you to position the mic higher up or further away from the recorded source than you would do if in its cardioid version.
It also turns the STC-1 or the STC-1S pair into an outstanding overhead or room mic, to be used on its own or as an additional tool that can be mixed in with other more closely positioned microphones.
The hypercardioid HYPER capsule is ideal for situations where you need a much tighter pickup pattern than the traditional cardioid, for example where you might want to record one instrument or voice in a group and reduce 'spill' from the other instruments or voices.
We know that users get outstanding results from an STC-1 with HYPER capsule when used on hi-hat (within a drumkit set-up), acoustic guitar (sometimes when paired with another OMNI-equipped STC-1 as an overhead), solo strings within a trio or quartet, and piano.
"We were already getting fantastic results from our STC-1 mics, both live and in the studio, but with the addition of the HYPER and OMNI capsules we could do so much more with them. They sound amazing!" DAVID PRIOR, Falmouth University
"When recording London Contemporary Voices in a Shoreditch church recently, we did the whole thing using an STC-1S above the choir and a single STC-1 with OMNI capsule up high at the back of the church. The sound was absolutely incredible - no one could believe it came from three such small microphones!" CHARLIE ALLEN, Naked Noise Productions