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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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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 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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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…
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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…

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…