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 about
Change mic type, polar pattern, and other microphone characteristics, even after tracking!
Audition the sound of different microphones without tiring the vocalist
Reduce bleed, undesirable room coloration, and other common issues using Off-Axis Correction
Record in stereo from a single microphone
Equivalent Noise Level: 7 dB-A
Max SPL at 0.5% THD: 140dB (with -20dB pad engaged)
Pad Attenuation: -10db and -20dB
Sensitivity: 22 mV/Pa
Output Connector: 5-pin male XLR
Breakout Cable: 10' (3m) 5-pin female XLR to dual 3-pin male XLR
Weight (mic only): 1.7 lbs. (770 grams)
Dimensions (mic only): 8.9" x 2.5" (225mm x 63mm)
Output Impedance: 200 Ohms
Recommended Load Impedance: >1000 Ohms
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:
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 RAM
200 MB free disk space
1024 x 768 display resolution
Internet connection to download software
Two microphone preamplifiers with phantom power
Compatible plug-in host application (DAW) software supporting AAX, VST2, VST3, AU or UAD.