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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…
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Rap Vocal Recording Template

A laptop, a Universal Audio Apollo Twin interface, and the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 modeling microphone, all packed up neatly in a sturdy road case. That's all that Jason Goldberg needs to record modern rap vocals for major label artists like Post Malone, Rich The Kid, and NBA Youngboy. Watch the video to get to…
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Acoustic Guitar Reviews the Sphere L22

Doug Young, an editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, honed in on the benefits of the Sphere L22 for acoustic guitar players in his detailed review:  In the written review on the Acoustic Guitar page, Doug explains how Sphere gives access to a world-class microphone locker. He then moves on to highlight some of the…
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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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'Spell of Love' Session Walkthrough with Cassidy Turbin

5x-Grammy-Winner Cassidy Turbin (Beck, Keyon Harrold, Childish Gambino) and his brother Jason (aka Cadence Kid) embarked on recording a song using mostly the Sphere L22 microphone. The project highlights how Cassidy uses the Sphere L22 to record and mix a wide range of instruments. Here is Cassidy's exclusive session walkthrough of their original tune "Spell…
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Live Q&A with Grammy-winner Cassidy Turbin

Get ready for a Live Q&A session with Grammy-winner Cassidy Turbin: 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. The LA native is an in-demand session musician, engineer, producer, and mixer. Consequently, he has collaborated with artists such as Beck,…
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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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Nico Gomez - Höher | Sphere Sessions

Hand-made, authentic, and live - the German singer-songwriter Nico Gomez goes back to the roots on his latest acoustic EP. His most personal song on the release, "Höher" ("Higher"), was tracked with Sphere L22 microphones all around in our latest Sphere Session. Watch the performance video of his expressive vocal delivery, then learn how our…
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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…
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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…