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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…
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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…
$300K THANKS

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…

If you could add one mic model to Sphere which would it be?

Sphere will already ship with a great selection of some of the most sought after mics. Even though we're off to a good start, we have some exciting stuff already planned. But we thought it time to ask our backers and prospective customers what additional microphone models they would like to see added to Sphere…
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Get the Sphere Plug-in Now For Free

Do You Want To Try Out Sphere? We have something special for you - a demo build of the Sphere plug-in. This is your opportunity to get your hands on the Sphere plug-in. The demo is entirely free and will never expire. We've prepared some pre-recorded audio tracks so that you can try it now even…
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THANK YOU for making the first week of the Sphere 3D mic modeling system such a huge success.

  THANK YOU for making the first week of the Sphere 3D mic modeling system such a huge success. Our aim was to raise $40K in a month, after week one we raised nearly $200K. But as we have said before this is just the start and for those who have invested so far, then here’s…

Dark Side of the Mic - Why Microphone 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. 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…
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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…