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…

STEM: Slinkys and Sound

What is sound?  That's the question that my wife and I posed to a group of about forty primarily Hispanic and African-American 4th- to 6th-grade girls. The students offered a range of accurate and insightful answers and it was immediately clear that we had a very enthusiastic and engaged group on our hands. My wife's…

Dark Side of the Mic - Why Axis Matters

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. For some mics, particularly cardioid condensers, about 20 degrees off-axis gives the flattest smoothest response. Moving farther…
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It's Official - Sphere is a Smashing Success!

Our crowd funding campaign for the Sphere microphone system ended August 31st at midnight PST with total funds raised of $317,023 from 281 backers. This is 789% of our original $40k funding goal! We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of our backers and everyone that supported us through the campaign. We, of…
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This Is How We Thank Those People Who Got Us To $300,000

Not much more than a month ago no one had heard of Townsend Labs and the amazing Sphere real 3D mic modeling system. We asked people to believe in our vision and set a target on Indiegogo of $40,000. As we come to the end of the campaign we've just passed $300,000... THANK YOU! We promised…
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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 U67—which sounds surprisingly different to the vintage one that’s already included—and a U87 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…

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.…