A laptop, a Universal Audio Apollo Twin interface, and the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 modeling microphone, all packed up neatly in a sturdy road case. That's all that Jason Goldberg needs to record modern rap vocals for major label artists like Post Malone, Rich The Kid, and NBA Youngboy. Watch the video to get to know his rap vocal recording template featuring the UA Console and Pro Tools:

Universal Audio Console Rap Vocal Recording Template

Jason tracks with the UA Console in record mode to print the sound of the Neve 88RS Unison preamp, and the Townsend Labs Sphere plug-in with the included LD-800 model. Download Jason's rap vocal channel strip preset for the UA Console (Mac & PC) here:

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He then records the processed mono rap vocals in a highly efficient, native Avid Pro Tools Ultimate session. Jason designed his rap vocal recording template for maximum speed and efficiency. Therefore, he can monitor through his entirely signal chain with minimum latency and in realtime.

Record Anywhere

Jason's philosophy? Record anywhere! Turning everything from tour busses, Airbnb lofts, and hotel rooms into makeshift studios, recording in actual studios is an exception. As a result, Jason is able to cut professional records with the utmost flexibility. His streamlined recording rig gives him the consistency, speed, and quality that his clients demand.

This exact setup was instrumental in capturing the vocals for Rich The Kid's latest album 'Boss Man'. The record, including features by Post Malone, Nicki Minaj, YoungBoy, and many more, was predominantly tracked with the Sphere L22 microphone. Have a behind-the-scenes look at a session with Rich The Kid and Youngboy in a loft on a tour stop in Utah:

Sphere's LD-800 model based on the revered Sony C800G microphone is extremely exacting. As a consequence, Jason has been able to replace rap vocal parts tracked on the original C800G with new ones recorded with the Sphere L22. Here's the song 'Money Talk' featuring YoungBoy from Rich The Kid's 'Boss Man' album. Most of it was recorded with a Sony C800G, but the second half of the second verse is the L22 with the LD-800 model. Can you hear a difference?

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Rap Vocal Recording and more - Q&A with Jason Goldberg

We invited Jason to one of our live Q&A sessions shortly after 'BOSS MAN' was released. In the talk with our product expert Julian David, Jason discusses more details about his recording approach:

Julian and Jason had an in-depth discussion about recording rap vocals, his specific setup with a native PT Ultimate rig and a UA Apollo Twin, gain-staging, and how Sphere perfectly fits into his workflow. We also talked about what it takes to work with demanding artists and some common mistakes of up- and coming engineers.

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Meet the Sphere L22 Modeling Microphone

With Sphere you now can:

  • Get a world-class microphone collection of over 30 stunning-sounding mics
  • Cover an enormous range of applications with a single microphone
  • Change mic type, polar pattern, and other microphone characteristics, even after tracking!
  • Audition the sound of different microphones without tiring the artist
  • Record in stereo from a single microphone
  • Reduce bleed, undesirable room coloration, and other common issues using Off-Axis Correction™

We invite you 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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