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…

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…

Announcing the Ocean Way Mic Collection for Sphere

Townsend Labs is pleased to announce the Ocean Way Microphone Collection plug-in, exclusively for UAD hardware and Apollo interfaces, which expands the capabilities of the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 microphone system* with faithful emulations of the 12 “best of the best” vintage mics from Allen Sides' world-renowned mic locker at Ocean Way Studios. A natural…

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.…

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…

Goodbye Latency: Why Grammy Winners Put Artist Monitoring First

Recording latency is one of those invisible issues that can be difficult to pin down. Yet, it can absolutely make or break a session. In talking to seasoned, award-winning producers and engineers on our live stream Q&As and interviews here at Townsend Labs, there’s been one common thread: Because excessive latency can be so irritating,…
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Netflix’ New Musical A Week Away Shines Bright Thanks to the Sphere L22

A Week Away, an upbeat musical released March 26 on Netflix, hit the Top Ten for the streaming service in multiple countries, and saw its soundtrack album rocket to #1 on the iTunes Christian charts and #16 overall. Nearly all of the film’s incredible vocals were recorded on the set during filming, and the results…
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Inside the recording process with Mighty Oaks and the Sphere L22

Townsend Labs and the band Mighty Oaks invite you to have an exclusive look at their production and recording process in the studio. At the center of it all: The Sphere L22 microphone. The video below is an in-depth peek at how Mighty Oaks are making and recording music these days. Learn how the band…
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Top 5 Self-Produced Female Artists to Watch in 2021

We want to do our part to help promote and celebrate all of the wonderful female artists this Women's History Month. Even more, we believe honoring and highlighting women's achievements should not be limited to a specific month of the year. As music lovers, we here at Townsend Labs passionately enjoy the global and diverse…
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How to Record Asian Pop Live Event

This live stream featured a detailed discussion of how to record and produce Asian pop with Enik Lin and Jae Chong. This is your chance to learn Asian pop recording techniques from the pros. Watch the How To Record Asian Pop live stream on Youtube Enjoy the free live Q&A session right here or on…
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Microphone Masterclass: Sony C-37A

Japan Takes On The World With An Underappreciated Classic One of the hidden gems of the Bill Putnam Mic Collection, available for users of the Sphere L22 and the Universal Audio UAD-2 and Apollo DSP platforms, is the BP-37A. Recently, Sphere version 1.5 added the LD-37A and LD-37P models to the Sphere L22’s growing mic…
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Sphere 1.5 Reviews

Ladies and Gentlemen, the reviews are in! Over the past couple of weeks since the release of our Sphere 1.5 software update, several reviewers have put the Sphere plug-in through its paces. From big YouTube channels like Podcastage to personal shout-outs from customers - we're flattered by them all. We're particularly thrilled about the Sphere…
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Sphere 1.5 Live Event on November 13

To celebrate the launch of our latest Sphere software update 1.5, we're inviting you to a special live event on our YouTube channel this Friday, November 13. Sphere 1.5 Live Event Schedule We are thrilled to welcome an A-list roster of guests such as Chris Baseford (Nickelback, Shinedown), Antonio Dixon (Toni Braxton, Ariana Grande), Karen…
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Beyond Modeling - Townsend Labs Releases Sphere 1.5

Campbell, California, November 10, 2020: Townsend Labs is proud to announce the latest update to Sphere—the software component in the award-winning and best-in-class Sphere L22 microphone modeling system. Version 1.5 adds new features for voice-over artists and music producers seeking better recordings under challenging conditions. New models of four classic microphones, each with a proud…
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Trust Your Ears: With Audio Test Kitchen and Sphere

Jason 'Cheese' Goldberg is one of the top modern rap engineers trusted by clients like Youngboy, Post Malone, and Rich The Kid.  By auditioning the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 on Audio Test Kitchen’s free website and then confirming the impressions in his studio, Jason was able to trust the Sphere L22 for his most critical…