High precision, dual-capsule, large-diaphragm condenser studio microphone, which can be used with or without modeling
The Sphere L22 microphone system from Townsend Labs models the characteristics of the most sought-after large-diaphragm condenser microphones with amazing accuracy, and allows selection of different mics and patterns even after tracking.
The Sphere system consists of a high precision dual channel microphone, which when paired with the included Sphere DSP plug-in (UAD, VST, AU, AAX Native) accurately models the response of a wide range of mics, including transient response, harmonics, proximity effect and three-dimensional polar response.
Sphere - How It Works
Using a dual-capsule microphone with dual-outputs makes it possible to more completely capture the soundfield-including the directional and distance information otherwise lost with a conventional single-channel microphone. This allows the Sphere system to precisely reconstruct how different microphones respond to the soundfield. In contrast, other microphone modeling technologies apply EQ to filter the sound from what is essentially a conventional microphone. This is fundamentally no different from using EQ to process a recorded track. track.
The Sphere L22 microphone modeling system comprises this precision dual-channel microphone, plus an audio plug-in for your DAW. The software plug-in does all of the DSP processing used to create the microphone models. Using a plug-in, instead of DSP processing built into the mic, has the major advantage of allowing the user to change all of the modeling settings, such as mic type and polar pattern, after the audio is recorded.
Record with the sound of microphones many have only dreamt aboutChange mic type, polar pattern, and other microphone characteristics, even after tracking!Audition the sound of different microphones without tiring the vocalistReduce bleed, undesirable room coloration, and other common issues using Off-Axis CorrectionRecord in stereo from a single microphone
Equivalent Noise Level: 7 dB-AMax SPL at 0.5% THD: 140dB (with -20dB pad engaged)Pad Attenuation: -10db and -20dBSensitivity: 22 mV/PaOutput Connector: 5-pin male XLRBreakout Cable: 10' (3m) 5-pin female XLR to dual 3-pin male XLRWeight (mic only): 1.7 lbs. (770 grams)Dimensions (mic only): 8.9" x 2.5" (225mm x 63mm)Output Impedance: 200 OhmsRecommended Load Impedance: >1000 OhmsPhantom Power: Voltage: 44 to 52 V per channel
Current: 5 mA per channel typical, 8 mA at max SPL
Sphere DSP Plug-In
Supported Plug-in Formats: UAD
Audio Units (Mac only)
Supported Operating Systems:
Native (AAX, VST and AU): Mac OSX 10.8.5 and above
Windows 7 and above
Apollo Interfaces and UAD-2 hardware (AAX, VST, AU, and RTAS): Mac OSX 10.9.5 and above
Windows 7 and above
4 GB of RAM200 MB free disk space1024 x 768 display resolutionInternet connection to download softwareTwo microphone preamplifiers with phantom powerCompatible plug-in host application (DAW) software supporting AAX, VST2, VST3, AU or UAD.
10 Foot (3 Meter) Breakout CableShock MountHard MountHard Carrying CasePlush Dust Cover
May 31, 2019
The magic I've been searching for!
I've been searching for a "swiss army" microphone for a couple years now. As a producer who mainly records vocals, I struggled to find a mic that worked well on everyone. Mainly because, no single mic is designed to sound great on everyone. Until now! Not only do the mic options get me a solid step closer to the right EQ vibe on the way in, but the ability to adjust proximity effect and polar pattern (even after recording) is so much more effective than just EQ tricks! Each emulation feels like an actual different mic so you can truly find the compliment to each unique singers voice. Read more
The Sphere looks amazing and is built like a brick. On its own sounds incredible - The modelling choices and flexibility are a giant bonus. Not to mention it records perfectly in phase stereo signals like nothing. Demo it if you can and you will quickly be sold. If you can't get ahold of one to try but think you may want one. JUST DO IT! Highly recommended. Couldn't be happier :)