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Microphone Masterclass: AKG C12

Our LD-12 model – and the two specific mics in the Ocean Way Collection,  the OW-12 #1 and #2 – are based on the AKG C12, a legendary mic from the 1950s whose unparalleled sound arose from its unique combination of capsule design and tube electronics. In this Microphone Masterclass, meet the mic that, for…
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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…
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The Making of the Ocean Way Mic Collection

The Ocean Way Microphone Collection has been out for a while, and I thought I’d take a moment to reminisce about the events that led to the making of that plug-in and what went into its creation. It was an exciting project for me to work on, and the response from customers has been phenomenal.…
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Compare Sphere and other modeling mics to an original Sony C800G

Sometimes we get asked: "How close is the modeling to the original?" - Typically, our answer is, "Which one?" Production tolerances and aging effects of capsules and components are causing vintage mics to vary substantially from one unit to the next. But we recognize that it's still a burning question for some. Fortunately, the fantastic Audio…
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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…

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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The U67 in Depth

One of the evergreen classics in the world of microphones is the Neumann U67. It is a multi-pattern tube condenser microphone which was presented to the world in 1960. It was the successor to the legendary Neumann U47—although they did exist in parallel for a few years. Over the years and decades it has become…

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…

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…
Sphere U47 Vocal Shootout Setup

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…
Microphone Masterclass: AKG C12 1200px square thumbnail

Microphone Masterclass: AKG C12

Our LD-12 model – and the two specific mics in the Ocean Way Collection,  the OW-12 #1 and #2 – are based on the AKG C12, a legendary mic from the 1950s whose unparalleled sound arose from its unique combination of capsule design and tube electronics. In this Microphone Masterclass, meet the mic that, for…
Top 5 Stereo Microphone Techniques to make great recordings header square 1200px

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…
Townsend Labs Ocean Way Mic Collection thumbnail square

The Making of the Ocean Way Mic Collection

The Ocean Way Microphone Collection has been out for a while, and I thought I’d take a moment to reminisce about the events that led to the making of that plug-in and what went into its creation. It was an exciting project for me to work on, and the response from customers has been phenomenal.…
Production Expert mic modeling comparison audio test kitchen square thumbnail

Compare Sphere and other modeling mics to an original Sony C800G

Sometimes we get asked: "How close is the modeling to the original?" - Typically, our answer is, "Which one?" Production tolerances and aging effects of capsules and components are causing vintage mics to vary substantially from one unit to the next. But we recognize that it's still a burning question for some. Fortunately, the fantastic Audio…
Townsend Labs optimize your vocal booth blog post thumbnail 1200px square

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…

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…
townsend labs u67 spotlight in depth square thumbnail 1080px

The U67 in Depth

One of the evergreen classics in the world of microphones is the Neumann U67. It is a multi-pattern tube condenser microphone which was presented to the world in 1960. It was the successor to the legendary Neumann U47—although they did exist in parallel for a few years. Over the years and decades it has become…

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…

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…
Sphere U47 Vocal Shootout Setup

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…