Pro Tools Expert Reviews Sphere for Audio Post

With the recently added support for AAX DSP and the addition of the SD-416 shotgun microphone model, our Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System becomes an even more attractive solution for post-production professionals and Pro Tools HDX users. So we asked our friends at Production Expert to have another look at Sphere from an audio post perspective. Watch this video by Mike Thornton as he examines the Sphere L22 with the help of James Ivey and Dan Cooper:

The Sphere plug-in is the software component of the L22 Microphone Modeling System. The recent version 1.3 update of Sphere has added AAX DSP support for Avid Pro Tools HDX systems. Professional engineers within both the audio post and music production industries can now enjoy seamless integration of the Sphere microphone into their Avid Pro Tools HDX-centered workflow, and monitor the over 30 included microphone models with near-zero latency while recording.

Introducing the SD-416 model

It’s not only the unrivaled accuracy, rich feature set, and AAX DSP support that sets Townsend Labs Sphere L22 apart from other microphone modeling systems. It’s also the number of microphone models that are available to Sphere L22 owners. With the Sphere 1.4 release, ten new microphone models are available at no extra cost. As a result, Sphere L22 owners now have access to more than 30 stunning microphone models. Among these new microphone models is the SD-416 based on an industry-standard shotgun microphone. This microphone is commonly used in the studio for voice-over and ADR duties. It is the go-to mic for that big voice-over sound in Hollywood-produced movie trailers we’re all so familiar with.

Mike Thornton, an editor of Pro Tools and Production Expert Expert, has been working as a broadcast and OB (outside broadcast) engineer in the UK for all his working life. As the name of the blog implies, Mike is a Pro Tools expert indeed and has been using it since the mid-90s.

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Download the VO files

Ready to experiment with the free, fully-featured Sphere plug-in yourself? Look no further: Mike and the lads at Production Expert have made the raw files recorded with the L22 available. Simply import them into your DAW of choice, create a stereo track, and instantiate the Sphere plug-in to start exploring: Click here to download the files now

With Sphere you now can:

  • Record with the sound of microphones many have only dreamt about
  • Change mic type, polar pattern, and other microphone characteristics, even after tracking!
  • Audition the sound of different microphones without tiring the vocalist
  • Reduce bleed, undesirable room coloration, and other common issues using Off-Axis Correction™
  • Record in stereo from a single microphone

You are invited to install the free, fully-featured Sphere plug-in for all major platforms and DAWs. Try it now and reimagine our library of pre-recorded tracks.

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