Sphere L22 Receives Sound On Sound Editors' Choice Award

We are extremely honored to have received 2018's Sound On Sound Editors' Choice award for the Sphere L22. The award is given to what the Editors of Sound On Sound judge as the best new product of the year. Sound On Sound magazine is one of the best in the business and this is a major…

Announcing the Ocean Way Mic Collection for Sphere

Townsend Labs is pleased to announce the Ocean Way Microphone Collection plug-in, exclusively for UAD hardware and Apollo interfaces, which expands the capabilities of the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 microphone system* with faithful emulations of the 12 “best of the best” vintage mics from Allen Sides' world-renowned mic locker at Ocean Way Studios. A natural…

Recording Magazine Reviews the Sphere L22

Recording Magazine Technical Editor Paul Vnuk got his hands on a Sphere L22 microphone and wrote a review for the November 2017 issue. He concludes with: What I find so great about the Sphere L22 is not just its modeling, or its pattern control, or Axis and Proximity setting. It’s how all of it comes…

Sound On Sound: Can Sphere Defy the Laws of Physics?

We are excited and honored that Sound On Sound magazine has published their review of the Sphere L22 microphone system. As far as product reviews go, they are one of the best in the business. The review is very clearly written and covers just about every feature that Sphere has to offer in considerable detail.…

Audio Media Magazine Reviews the Sphere L22

Simon Allen of Audio Media International was kind enough to review the Townsend Labs Sphere L22. Not surprisingly, he likes it! In particular, he concludes with: "I have discovered some new favourites within the Townsend Labs mic locker, which sound every bit expensive as the originals." Click here to read the full review.

Luck Be a Sphere L22

The wonderfully talented Bulgarian singer, Orlin Pavlov, had a chance to put the Sphere Microphone System through its paces. Here's a video of him singing Luck Be A Lady with a heavy dose of Sinatra. During the performance the Sphere microphone models are changed, so you can hear the various options. We definitely recommend listening to this…

The 800 and 251 Mic Models Are Here

Townsend Labs' Sphere Microphone System now includes two new models. The first is based on the classic Telefunken 251. The later is the result of a complete study of the more modern Sony C800G. The full deep tone of the 251 is balanced by a beautiful detailed top end and heard on countless hit tracks. The 251 model…
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Inner Circle Podcast Interviews Chris Townsend

I recently had the honor of being interviewed by Bobby Owsinski for his Inner Circle podcast. He talked with me about the Sphere microphone system, the future direction of Townsend Labs and a range of other topics. Click the link below to listen to the podcast (or you can download the mp3 here). Inner Circle Podcast…

Why Directional Mics are Inherently Colored

There are a substantial number of microphones with an essentially flat on-axis frequency response (to within about one or two dB), but without exception these mics are omnidirectional. Typically these mics are designed for making acoustical measurements, not music recordings, but can work well for both applications. Notable brands that sell these types of mics…

Expand Your Polar Pattern Palette with Sphere™

With Sphere microphone modeling technology it is possible to select any one of nine polar patterns even if the original mic doesn’t have all of those options. Pretty cool, huh? Typical multi-pattern microphones allow adjustment of the polar pattern by electrically blending different amounts of front and rear cardioid capsule outputs. An omnidirectional pattern is…
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The Magic of Recording with Cassidy Turbin | Sphere Stories

For the 5x-Grammy-winning producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Cassidy Turbin, the magic of recording lies in capturing real musicians playing together in one room. We met up with him at his personal studio, Willowcrest Recorders, in Los Angeles to talk about microphones, the magic of recording, and what it was like working with the artist Beck. …
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Free Webinar: Live-Recording with Sphere

Is live tracking of acoustic music right up your alley? If so, don't miss our FREE webinar about live recording with Sphere and how our patented technology can help you capture those magical moments. In the live event, our product expert Julian David will walk you through the recording session of Nico Gomez' Höher video.…
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How the Sphere L22 microphone played a part in capturing an iconic piece of musical history

When the Museo del Violino (the guardians of the Stradivari collection) wanted to find a way to capture and preserve the tone and playability of their priceless collection of instruments, they turned to e-instruments. The team at e-instruments is known for approaching the creation of modern digital instruments with the same craftsmanship and attention to…
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Record Anywhere - Modern Rap Vocals With Jason Goldberg | Sphere Stories

The LA-based engineer has developed a minimalist tracking setup that allows him to record modern rap vocals anywhere. A Mac Mini, a Universal Audio Apollo Twin interface, and the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 are all he needs. With a no-nonsense approach that always puts the talent first, Jason keeps cranking out chart-topping tracks at breakneck…
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Sphere Meets LUNA: Live Q&A with Jacquire King

Universal Audio's LUNA Recording System is the exciting new player on the DAW field, and it's been making quite a buzz since its launch in April. With super-tight integration with Apollo and Arrow interfaces and advanced realtime monitoring, it's primed to be an excellent match for the Sphere L22. Our unique "Sphere meets LUNA" Live…
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How to produce records and choose mics with Joe Chiccarelli | Sphere Stories

With ten Grammy nominations under his belt, record-making comes naturally to the veteran producer/engineer Joe Chiccarelli. For the past ten years, he has called Hollywood's legendary Sunset Sound studio his home base. Here, he has worked with artists such as Jason Mraz, Young The Giant, My Morning Jacket, and many more. We recently sat down…
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The Top 5 Stereo Microphone Techniques to Make Great Recordings

Most of us take the stereo listening experience for granted. After all, we have two ears and stereo has two speakers! For decades our recorded music has been delivered and played back in stereo, but that doesn’t mean that capturing music effectively in stereo is a trivial operation. It’s taken many years for engineers to…

Brent Hagel reviews L22 for Voice-Over

Are you looking for a versatile microphone to record professional voice-overs? Look no further and check out Brent Hagel's video review of the Sphere L22:  The voice-over artist and owner of the Trailer Voice Artists agency set out to run the Sphere L22 through its paces. The video is a good reminder that a…
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Watch Dave Grohl perform 'Times Like These' with Sphere L22

For BBC Radio One's Big Night In charity event on April 23, 2020, rock icon Dave Grohl joins a cast of the world's biggest music artists for a heartfelt remote performance of 'Times Like These". In support of the global effort to stay safe and stay home during the coronavirus crisis, all artists recorded themselves…
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Sphere Spotify Playlists - Call for Submissions

Discover, share, get heard!Submit your music to get picked for our curated Sphere playlists on Spotify. As we’re all hunkered down in isolation, there’s one thing we can always fall back on: The joy of listening to great music. It’s true for us here at the Townsend Labs HQ, at the very least, but we’re…