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.…

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…
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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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Sphere Audio Comparisons with Vintage Mics

How does Sphere compare to the classic microphones we modeled? That’s perhaps the question most asked and which, of course, deserves an answer. Central to the development of Sphere were countless listening tests and comparisons, with the various vintage mics that we modeled. Over the last few weeks, in particular, we hosted several listening sessions…
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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…
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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…
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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…