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Stereo Acoustic Guitar Made Easy | Sphere Shortcuts

The ability to record in stereo with a single L22 microphone is one of Sphere’s features that go far beyond mic modeling. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it sounds great - it comes as no surprise that many Sphere owners love using the mic like this. Join our product expert Julian David for this super…
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Grand Piano Mic Model Comparison | Sphere Sounds

What does the Sphere L22 sound like on a grand piano? Townsend Labs product expert Julian David recorded this piano performance by Christian Li with a spaced pair of Sphere L22s. Hear and compare select mic models from our included Core collection of more than 20 mics with Christian's improvisation titled "Patriot Peace". Check it…
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Sphere Plug-In Basics | Inside Sphere

 Explore the basic controls and main features of the Sphere plug-in In our second episode of Inside Sphere, Townsend Labs product expert Julian David walks you through the basic view of the Sphere plug-in. Learn about all of the controls in the plug-in's "Single View", designed to give quick access to great sounds. You will…
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Preserving the Sound of Stradivarius

We are honored to be involved in a very unique, first-of-a-kind project by e-Instruments, a German company creating high-quality virtual instruments. They set out to capture and preserve the sound of a range of super rare and precious violins by Amati, Guarneri del Gesù, and Stradivari. The project was initiated by the renowned Museo del Violino in…
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The U67 in Depth

One of the evergreen classics in the world of microphones is the Neumann U67. It is a multi-pattern tube condenser microphone which was presented to the world in 1960. It was the successor to the legendary Neumann U47—although they did exist in parallel for a few years. Over the years and decades it has become…
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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…

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…

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…

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.…
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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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Alana Alexander & Nico Gomez - Best Part | Sphere Sessions

One mic, two singers, and a universe of emotion. Watch this soulful, one-take interpretation of Daniel Caesar’s song ‘Best Part’ performed by Alana Alexander and Nico Gomez on a single Sphere L22 in this “Sphere Sessions” episode. Find out how our product expert and engineer Julian David made the most of Sphere’s patented features and…
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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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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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Soyuz Microphones and Townsend Labs Announce Collaboration

Two contemporary microphone brands with very different approaches to microphone design are excited to announce their collaboration. Soyuz Microphones is known for creating high-end modern classics — microphones designed and hand manufactured in the same fashion as the iconic vintage transducers of yesteryear. Townsend Labs, on the other hand, are the inventors of multi-dimensional mic…
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Why Pros Like Billy Bush & Joe Chiccarelli Choose Sphere | Sphere Stories

Why do top producers choose Sphere? Join us for this conversation with the multi-Grammy nominated producers/engineers Billy Bush and Joe Chiccarelli. In the video, the two explain why they go for the Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System for their work with A-list artists like Morrissey, Garbage, and Silversun Pickups. You are invited to install the…
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KTEE sings her ‘Melody’ with the Sphere L22 | Sphere Stories

Austrian singer KTEE has been singing since the moment she spoke her first word, so nailing a vocal performance at 2:00 am in a freezing warehouse is just up her alley. This was, in fact, the setup for this one-take acoustic live video showcasing our Sphere L22 microphone. Performing together with her producer and guitarist…
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Alana feat. Christian Frentzen - Mama | Sphere Sessions

The loss of a loved one is incredibly difficult to come to terms with, yet it's something we all have to deal with at some point in our lives as human beings. The power of music is that it can sometimes help us process or even overcome these tragic moments. For singer Alana, who lost…