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…

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 For Free? We have something special for you - a free 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 of charge and will never expire. We've prepared some pre-recorded audio tracks and sessions…
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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…
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Demand For Townsend Labs’ Sphere 3D Microphone Through The Roof

An instant crowdfunding success story The Sphere L22 microphone, unveiled by Townsend Labs as their debut product, launched this week with a phenomenally successful international crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, raising over $100,000 (250% of its target) in 24 hours. Support is coming from across the globe including Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Poland, the…