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Sphere L22 wins 2020 TEC Award

Anaheim, California, January 21, 2020. Townsend Labs is honored to announce that the Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System Version 1.3 has been awarded a prestigious TEC Award (Technical Excellence & Creativity Award) for Outstanding Technical Achievement in the Recording Microphones category at the recent 2020 NAMM show. Following previous accolades such as the Sound on…
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The Making of the Ocean Way Mic Collection

The Ocean Way Microphone Collection has been out for a while, and I thought I’d take a moment to reminisce about the events that led to the making of that plug-in and what went into its creation. It was an exciting project for me to work on, and the response from customers has been phenomenal.…
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Compare Sphere and other modeling mics to an original Sony C800G

Sometimes we get asked: "How close is the modeling to the original?" - Typically, our answer is, "Which one?" Production tolerances and aging effects of capsules and components are causing vintage mics to vary substantially from one unit to the next. But we recognize that it's still a burning question for some. Fortunately, the fantastic Audio…
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Sphere L22 nominated for 35th TEC Award - Vote now!

We are honored to announce that the Sphere L22 with the version 1.3 update has been nominated for the 35th TEC award in the Technical Achievement category. Following previous accolades such as the Sound on Sound Editors' Choice award, the Townsend Labs L22 continues to receive public praise. The recently released version 1.3 update of…
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The AES NYC 2019 Wrap-Up

We had a blast at this year's AES Convention in New York. All of us had been to previous AES shows in past years, but this was the first time we had our own booth with Townsend Labs. Here's our AES 2019 wrap-up post with all the little stories, videos, and a few photos. We…
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Explore the Sphere L22 on Drums | Sphere Sounds

Recording drums is challenging, and for rock, pop, and urban genres, great sounding drums often make or break the song. So it's an area where much attention to detail is needed. Large-diaphragm condensers are often used to capture the drum overheads, but they can also work really well on the individual drums. We teamed up…
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Optimize Your Vocal Booth with Sphere | Tech Talk

Let's face it: Vocal recordings often have to take place in less than ideal spaces. It's not uncommon to run into boxiness in small booths, regardless of the microphone. Recently a few Sphere L22 owners have approached us asking if our patented technology could help with that. So in this blog post, we're going to…
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Meet Townsend Labs at AES NYC 2019

For the first time in the company history, Townsend Labs will exhibit at the New York AES Convention this October. Whether you're a seasoned audio professional or just getting started in your home studio: AES NYC 2019, the 147th Pro Audio International Convention has you covered in one exclusively end-user focused event. With its unique…
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Sphere Expanded - Townsend Labs Releases Sphere 1.4 Update Adding Ten New Mics

Campbell, California, August 6, 2019: Townsend Labs is proud to announce that no less than ten new microphone models have been added to the Sphere plug-in—the software component in the award-winning and best-in-class Sphere L22 microphone modeling system. With the 1.4 update, which is free of charge, the collection now includes over 30 individual models.…
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Pro Tools Expert Reviews Sphere for Audio Post

With the recently added support for AAX DSP and the addition of the SD-416 shotgun microphone model, our Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System becomes an even more attractive solution for post-production professionals and Pro Tools HDX users. So we asked our friends at Production Expert to have another look at Sphere from an audio post…
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Acoustic Guitar Comparison | Sphere Sounds

What does the Sphere L22 sound like on acoustic guitar? Townsend Labs product expert Julian David recorded this acoustic guitar performance by Matthias Krämer with a single Sphere L22. Hear and compare select mic models from our included 20+ core collection on a repeating guitar part. Check it out:  Mic Models The acoustic guitar…
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AES@NAMM Workshop about Microphone Modeling with Julian David

The Audio Engineering Society (AES) and NAMM have once again joined forces and put together a Pro Sound Symposium program this year. This event program runs in parallel with the NAMM show and offers technical presentations and hands-on training. This year, Townsend Labs has been invited to host a presentation on microphone modeling as part…
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An Introduction to Sphere | Inside Sphere

What is the Sphere Microphone Modeling System and why would you want to get one? Townsend Labs product expert Julian David explains the basic concepts of Sphere and what the benefits are. Learn more and reimagine our library of pre-recorded tracks now. Click here to download the free, fully featured plug-in and ready-to-go sessions…

Meet us at NAMM 2019

Once again, Townsend Labs will be exhibiting at the NAMM Show, the world's biggest pro audio and MI trade show. Featuring more than 7,000 brands, cutting-edge industry education, as well as special events, concerts and experiences - all under the California sun. The NAMM Show is without a doubt the place to be in January. Don't…

Behind the Session: Halpin & Li - Lion's Mane

This performance of the jazz composition "Lion's Mane" features the American pianist Christian Li and Irish saxophone player Matthew Halpin. A spaced pair of Sphere L22 microphones with the LD-12 model from our core collection captures the lovely Steingraeber & Soehne grand piano. Matthew's tenor sax is also picked up by the L22, but this…

The Many Faces of the 414

It is one of the best known and widely used studio microphones of all time, yet over the years there have been so many different versions of the 414 it hardly makes sense to think of it as one type of microphone. AKG has released at least ten incarnations with the 414 moniker, some of…

Included update: Nine new mic models

All Sphere users can now enjoy nine new mic models at no extra cost. We added four different 414s, two different sounding RCA 77DX ribbons, the classic 7A dynamic, a new old stock 67—which sounds surprisingly different to the vintage one that’s already included—and a 87 with the famous Korby mod. The Sphere plug-in now…

Hear the New Mics on Soundcloud

Here's a Soundcloud playlist where you can hear the new additions to the Sphere plug-in (version 1.2). Want to try out the mic models in your own DAW? Get the free Sphere plug-in here. On the same page, you'll find sound files recorded with Sphere and even prepared sessions for the major DAWs. Now you…

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…