Sphere Recommended Preamp List

This is a master list of phantom powered microphone preamps and computer audio interfaces that contain mic preamps with precision stepped gain adjustment, which provide the best user experience when used with a Sphere microphone. When the preamps are digitally controlled these are sometimes referred to as “recallable” or “remotable”.

The Sphere microphone is a dual capsule/dual output microphone and it requires that the input gain of both preamp channels be set to the same level. Using preamps with precision stepped gain makes matching levels very easy, but it is possible to use virtually any preamp with phantom power.

If you find any errors or omissions in this document, please let us know through the contact page on our website.

Computer Audio Interfaces

(USB, FireWire, Thunderbolt, AVB, etc.)

This list of computer audio interfaces consists of devices that contain precision digitally controlled mic preamps which provide the best user experience when used with a Sphere microphone. Please verify specifications and compatibility to ensure the device will work with your system.

We also specifically recommend Universal Audio Apollo series interfaces (excluding Apollo 16) because they contain high quality remotable preamps and onboard DSP processing that runs the Sphere plug-in processing with ultra low latency and rock solid performance.

If on board DSP processing is not required, then good options to consider are the Apogee Quartet and Ensemble, the MOTU 4pre and 8M, the Fireface UFX and Babyface, the Presonus Studio 192, the Roland Quad-Capture and Octa-Capture and the Avid HD Omni. If price is a primary concern the Roland Quad-Capture is a great choice for those on a budget.

Universal Audio OS
Apollo Firewire (Quad/Duo) M/W
Apollo 8 (Quad/Duo) Mac
Apollo 8p Mac
Apollo Twin (Solo/Duo) Mac
Apollo Twin USB Win
Apogee OS
Duet (Use with DC power supply recommended) Mac
Duet FireWire (Use with DC power supply recommended) Mac
Quartet Mac
Trak 2 Mac
Ensemble - Thunderbolt Mac
Ensemble - Firewire Mac
Element 24 Mac
Element 46 Mac
Element 88 Mac
Symphony I/O with 8MP option Mac
MOTU OS
4pre M/W
8pre M/W
Audio Express M/W
Track16 M/W
896mk3 Hybrid M/W
828mk3 Hybrid M/W
Traveler-mk3 M/W
UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid M/W
1248 M/W
8M M/W
828x M/W
RME OS
Fireface UC M/W
Fireface UCX M/W
Fireface UFX M/W
Fireface 400 M/W
Babyface M/W
Babyface Pro M/W
MADIface XT M/W
OctaMic XTC Mac
Micstasy (ADAT and AES/EBU connectivity only) N/A
Avid OS
HD Omni M/W
Pro Tools Duet (hardware by Apogee) M/W
Pro Tools Quartet (hardware by Apogee) M/W
Pro Tools S3 (Control surface with 2 mic inputs) M/W
Prism OS
Titan M/W
Atlas M/W
Orpheus M/W
Lyra 2 M/W
Roland OS
Quad-Capture M/W
Octa-Capture M/W
Studio-Capture M/W
Super UA M/W
Focusrite OS
Forte M/W
Red 4Pre Mac
Red 8Pre Mac
RedNet 4 (with PCIe Card) M/W
RedNet MP8R (with PCIe Card) M/W
Presonus OS
Studio 192 M/W
Studio 192 Mobile M/W
Quantum M/W
Quantum 2 M/W
Studio 192 Mobile M/W
DigiMax DP88 (ADAT connectivity only) N/A
Metric Halo OS
2882 M/W
ULN8 M/W
Waves OS
DigiGrid IOC M/W
DigiGrid IOS M/W
DigiGrid IOX M/W
Antelope Audio OS
Zen Studio M/W
Orion Studio M/W
Zen Tour M/W
Goliath M/W
Discrete 8 M/W
Discrete 4 M/W
Merging Technologies OS
Horus with AD8D / AD8DP expansion M/W
Hapi with AD8D / AD8DP expansion M/W
iConnectivity OS
iConnectAUDIO4+ M/W
Lavry OS
AD11 M/W
Zoom OS
TAC-2 Mac
Digigram OS
CANCUN 222-Mic M/W
CANCUN 442-Mic M/W
Echo Audio OS
Echo 2 M/W
Weiss OS
ADC2 (with Firewire upgrade) M/W

Live Sound Consoles and Preamps

This section contains a list of mixers, consoles and preamps with phantom power that have precision digitally controlled gain (sometimes referred to as “recallable” or “remotable”) and are predominantly used for live sound applications.

Avid
Venue Stage 48
Venue S6L
Venue S3L
Presonus
StudioLive RM16AI
StudioLive RM32AI
StudioLive 16 - Series III
StudioLive 32 - Series III
StudioLive CS18AI (2 channels)
Yamaha
SB168-ES
PM5D-RH
AD8HR
TF1
TF3
TF5
Soundcraft
Si Performer 1
Si Performer 2
Si Performer 3
Si Expression 1
Si Expression 2
Si Expression 3
Si Impact
Vi3000
Vi5000
Vi7000
Vi1
Vi2
Vi4
Vi6
Ui12
Ui16
DiGiCo
D5 Live 56
SD5
SD7
SD8
SD9
SD10
SD10-24
SD11
S21
D-Rack
Midas
Pro1
Pro2
Pro3
Pro6
Pro9
ProX
XL8
DL16
DL451
Behringer
S16
X32
X32 Compact
X32 Producer
X32 Rack
X32 Core
Solid State Logic
L500
L300
ML 32.32 Analogue Stagebox
Line 6
StageScape M20d
Allen & Heath
Qu-16
Qu-24
Qu-32
dLive S3000 Surface
dLive S5000 Surface
dLive S7000 Surface
dLive DM32 MixRack
dLive DM48 MixRack
dLive DM64 MixRack
Roland
M-5000
M-5000C
M-480
M-400
M-380
M-300
M-200i
S-0808
S-1608
S4000S-0832
ProCo
Momentum mi8
Aviom
6416m
Whirlwind
E Snake 2
Reidel
RockNet RN.101.IO
Cadac
M16
Peavey
MediaMatrix
System
Lawo
Digital And Live Level Interface System
InnovaSon
Stage Box
SR-16 Mini Stage Box
Eclipse GT (with SI-8D3 card)
BSS
SoundWeb London BLU-320
OptoCore
X6R-TP
Digigram
AQONDA16
MOTU
Stage-B16
StageTec
TrueMatch RMC

Standalone Preamps

This list contains standalone preamps with phantom power that have precision stepped gain either by digital or analog control. Some of these preamps contain A/D converters or some channel strip processing. Some devices are single channel and two units are required for use with the Sphere microphone.

For the analog stepped preamps some of them also have a continuous fine adjustment knob, which must be set properly. Usually a maximum or middle position works best. It is recommended that you run a calibration procedure with the Sphere microphone, especially if the preamp has a fine adjust knob, to ensure that the levels are matched as expected. The Sphere user guide contains information regarding how perform calibration.

Avid Ins
PRE 8
Antelope Audio Ins
MP32 32
MP8d (with ADAT, MADI digital I/O) 8
Grace Ins
m101 1
201 2
m201 2
801 8
801r 8
m801 8
m802 8
m108 (with digital I/O) 8
Lunatec V2 2
Lunatec V3 2
M501 1
Neve Ins
1073 1
1073DPA 2
1073DPX 2
1073DPD (with A/D converters) 2
1073N 1
1073LB 1
1073LBEQ 1
1081 1
1081R 12
1084 1
4081 4
Millennia Ins
HV-3R 8
HV-3D 4
HV-3C 2
Lavry Ins
AD11 (with A/D converters) 2
MP10 2
Lavry Blue 2
Rupert Neve Designs Ins
Portico 5012 2
Portico 5024 4
Portico 5032 (single channel) 1
Shelford 5052 (single channel) 1
Portico II (single channel) 1
RMP-D8 (with A/D converters) 8
AEA Ins
RPQ 2
RPQ500 (single channel) 1
Earthworks Ins
1022 2
1024 4
521 ZDT (500 series) 1
Summit Audio Ins
MPE-200 2
Aphex Ins
Model 188 8
Model 1788A 8
Great River Ins
MP-2NV 2
MP-500NV 1
ME-1NV 1
Tube Tech Ins
MP2A 2
PM1A 1
GML Ins
8302 2
8304 4
Benchmark Ins
MPA1 2
PRE420 4
Vintech Ins
X73 (single channel) 1
X73i (single channel) 1
X81 (single channel) 1
273 2
473 4
Shadow Hills Industries Ins
Mono GAMA 1
Equinox 2
Quad GAMA 4
Focusrite Ins
ISA One 1
ISA Two 2
ISA 428 MkII (with A/D conversion) 4
ISA 828 (with A/D conversion) 8
Liquid Channel 1
Liquid 4Pre 4
Red 1 500 Series 1
Crane Song (Dave Hill
Designs)
Ins
Europa 1
Flamingo 2
Spider 8
BAE Ins
BAE 1073 1
BAE 1073MPL 1
BAE 1073DMP 1
BAE 1073 Dual DMP 2
BAE 1084 1
8CM 8
Universal Audio Ins
DCS Remote Preamp 2
Empirical Labs Ins
Mike-E (single channel) 1
Golden Age Ins
PRE-73 (single channel) 1
PRE-73 Jr (single channel) 1
JLM Audio Ins
MP-8 8
TMP8 8
1290 2
1290x4 4
TG2 2
TGx4 4
Miktek Ins
MPA-201 2
Sytek Ins
MPX-4D 4
Avalon Design Ins
M5 1
V5 1
AD2022 2
Prism Ins
Maselec MMA 4XR 4
CB Electronics Ins
MA-104 4
Prodigy Engineering Ins
Bella 1
Cella 2
Anima 8
FMR Audio Ins
Really Nice Preamp RNP8380 2
Black Lion Audio Ins
B173 (single channel) 1
Schoeps Ins
VMS 5 U 2
Miktek Ins
MPA-201 2
Chandler Limited Ins
TG2 2
NTP Technology Ins
DAD AX24 (with A/D converters) 8
DAD AX32 (with A/D converters) 8
TC Electronic Ins
Gold Channel (digital channel strip) 2
Microtech Gefell Ins
AP1 (single channel) 1
Heritage Audio Ins
DMA73 2
Hamptone Ins
HJFP2 with optional stepped attenuators 2
Crookwood Ins
Rackpot 4
John Hardy Ins
M-2 4
Forsell Ins
SMP-2 2
SMP-500 (single channel) 1
FiveFish Audio Ins
MX5 1
SC-501 1
X72mk500 1
X12mk500 1
DACS Audio Ins
Clarity MicAmp 2
Clarity MicAmp 500 (single channel) 1
Chameleon Labs Ins
7602 (single channel) 1
581 (single channel) 1
TK Audio Ins
DP1mk3 2
AML Ins
AML EZ1073-500 1
AML 5003D 1
AML EZ1073PRE 1
AML EZ1081PRE 1

Field Recorders

This section contains a list of field recorders with phantom powered preamps that have precision digitally controlled gain.

Sound Devices
788T
744T
722
702T
702
Zaxcom
Nomad
Fusion
Tascam
HS-P82
DR-680
Zoom
H4n
H4n Pro
F4
F8