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…
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Optimize Your Vocal Booth with Sphere | Tech Talk

Let's face it: Vocal recordings often have to take place in less than ideal spaces. It's not uncommon to run into boxiness in small booths, regardless of the microphone. Recently a few Sphere L22 owners have approached us asking if our patented technology could help with that. So in this blog post, we're going to…
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Meet Townsend Labs at AES NYC 2019

For the first time in the company history, Townsend Labs will exhibit at the New York AES Convention this October. Whether you're a seasoned audio professional or just getting started in your home studio: AES NYC 2019, the 147th Pro Audio International Convention has you covered in one exclusively end-user focused event. With its unique…
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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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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,…