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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 414 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 of…

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…

Dark Side of the Mic - Why Axis Matters

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. For some mics, particularly cardioid condensers, about 20 degrees off-axis gives the flattest smoothest response. Moving farther…
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…
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Sphere® Technology Whitepaper

Over the years there have been a handful of products designed to model microphones. Typically these products took a conventional studio microphone, such as a Shure SM57, as a source and applied processing to make it sound like some other microphone, such as a Neumann U47. Some microphone modeling products have used a custom designed microphone…
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 414 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 of…

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…

Dark Side of the Mic - Why Axis Matters

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. For some mics, particularly cardioid condensers, about 20 degrees off-axis gives the flattest smoothest response. Moving farther…
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…
townsend-labs-l22-with-3d-sphere

Sphere® Technology Whitepaper

Over the years there have been a handful of products designed to model microphones. Typically these products took a conventional studio microphone, such as a Shure SM57, as a source and applied processing to make it sound like some other microphone, such as a Neumann U47. Some microphone modeling products have used a custom designed microphone…