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The Magic of Recording with Cassidy Turbin | Sphere Stories

For the 5x-Grammy-winning producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Cassidy Turbin, the magic of recording lies in capturing real musicians playing together in one room. We met up with him at his personal studio, Willowcrest Recorders, in Los Angeles to talk about microphones, the magic of recording, and what it was like working with the artist Beck. …
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Free Webinar: Live-Recording with Sphere

Is live tracking of acoustic music right up your alley? If so, don't miss our FREE webinar about live recording with Sphere and how our patented technology can help you capture those magical moments. In the live event, our product expert Julian David will walk you through the recording session of Nico Gomez' Höher video.…
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How the Sphere L22 microphone played a part in capturing an iconic piece of musical history

When the Museo del Violino (the guardians of the Stradivari collection) wanted to find a way to capture and preserve the tone and playability of their priceless collection of instruments, they turned to e-instruments. The team at e-instruments is known for approaching the creation of modern digital instruments with the same craftsmanship and attention to…
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Record Anywhere - Modern Rap Vocals With Jason Goldberg | Sphere Stories

The LA-based engineer has developed a minimalist tracking setup that allows him to record modern rap vocals anywhere. A Mac Mini, a Universal Audio Apollo Twin interface, and the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 are all he needs. With a no-nonsense approach that always puts the talent first, Jason keeps cranking out chart-topping tracks at breakneck…
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Sphere Meets LUNA: Live Q&A with Jacquire King

Universal Audio's LUNA Recording System is the exciting new player on the DAW field, and it's been making quite a buzz since its launch in April. With super-tight integration with Apollo and Arrow interfaces and advanced realtime monitoring, it's primed to be an excellent match for the Sphere L22. Our unique "Sphere meets LUNA" Live…
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How to produce records and choose mics with Joe Chiccarelli | Sphere Stories

With ten Grammy nominations under his belt, record-making comes naturally to the veteran producer/engineer Joe Chiccarelli. For the past ten years, he has called Hollywood's legendary Sunset Sound studio his home base. Here, he has worked with artists such as Jason Mraz, Young The Giant, My Morning Jacket, and many more. We recently sat down…
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The Top 5 Stereo Microphone Techniques to Make Great Recordings

Most of us take the stereo listening experience for granted. After all, we have two ears and stereo has two speakers! For decades our recorded music has been delivered and played back in stereo, but that doesn’t mean that capturing music effectively in stereo is a trivial operation. It’s taken many years for engineers to…

Brent Hagel reviews L22 for Voice-Over

Are you looking for a versatile microphone to record professional voice-overs? Look no further and check out Brent Hagel's video review of the Sphere L22:  The voice-over artist and owner of the Trailer Voice Artists agency set out to run the Sphere L22 through its paces. The video is a good reminder that a…
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Watch Dave Grohl perform 'Times Like These' with Sphere L22

For BBC Radio One's Big Night In charity event on April 23, 2020, rock icon Dave Grohl joins a cast of the world's biggest music artists for a heartfelt remote performance of 'Times Like These". In support of the global effort to stay safe and stay home during the coronavirus crisis, all artists recorded themselves…
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Sphere Spotify Playlists - Call for Submissions

Discover, share, get heard!Submit your music to get picked for our curated Sphere playlists on Spotify. As we’re all hunkered down in isolation, there’s one thing we can always fall back on: The joy of listening to great music. It’s true for us here at the Townsend Labs HQ, at the very least, but we’re…
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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 core collection including 30 mic models on a looping guitar part. Check it out:  Mic Models The acoustic…
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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…

Behind the Session: Halpin & Li - Lion's Mane

This performance of the jazz composition "Lion's Mane" features the American pianist Christian Li and Irish saxophone player Matthew Halpin. A spaced pair of Sphere L22 microphones with the LD-12 model from our core collection captures the lovely Steingraeber & Soehne grand piano. Matthew's tenor sax is also picked up by the L22, but this…

The Many Faces of the 414

It is one of the best known and widely used studio microphones of all time, yet over the years there have been so many different versions of the AKG C414 it hardly makes sense to think of it as one type of microphone. AKG has released at least ten incarnations with the 414 moniker, some…

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…