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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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Horn Session at Molweni Studios

Molweni Studios in Sandy Springs, GA is a collaborative space for recording artists looking for a comfortable vibe and southern hospitality. Recently, the studio hosted a horn tracking session for Grammy-nominated bass player and producer Kirk Green's new album. The session featuring several accomplished session players marked the debut of the Sphere L22 modeling microphone at Molweni…
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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…
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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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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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Sphere L22 nominated for 35th TEC Award

We are honored to announce that the Sphere L22 with the version 1.3 update has been nominated for 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 the…
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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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Sphere L22 now supports AAX DSP for Pro Tools HDX

Townsend Labs is proud to announce that AAX DSP support is included in version 1.3 of the Sphere plug-in—the software component in the award-winning and best-in-class Sphere L22 microphone modeling system. Ever since its initial introduction, the Sphere plug-in has been available for all major native plug-in formats, as well as on Universal Audio’s UAD-2,…
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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…

Why Microphone Axis Matters | Tech Talk

All microphones have a frequency response that is dependent on the direction that sound arrives from. Audio engineers have made use of this fact to adjust the tonality of recordings probably for as long as microphones have existed. Here's an in-depth look at why microphone axis matters, how Sphere’s mic modeling technology is different from…
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Using Sphere With an Analog Tape Machine

Over the past year plus, the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 has become one of the most important pieces of gear in my signal chain. I honestly would not want to record or produce without it at this point. So when the opportunity to purchase a 1979 MCI JH110A 1⁄2” 4 track machine came my way,…
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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…