Sound On Sound: Can Sphere Defy the Laws of Physics?

We are excited and honored that Sound On Sound magazine has published their review of the Sphere L22 microphone system. As far as product reviews go, they are one of the best in the business. The review is very clearly written and covers just about every feature that Sphere has to offer in considerable detail.

One thing that stood out is how much the review focuses on what Sphere can do that goes beyond emulating other microphones. Here's an excerpt:

"For me, though, the really exciting aspect of the Sphere system is the way it goes beyond emulating other mics. Yes, it’s great to have a virtual U67 that can be swapped out for a virtual ELAM 251 at the click of a mouse button, and it’s even cooler to be able to combine the two. But it’s Off-Axis Correction that moves the Sphere into genuinely new territory, and I think it could be considered something of a breakthrough.

The problem it addresses is one that has, until now, been an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics, at least as they apply to the design of capacitor microphones! If we wanted the benefits that a large‑diaphragm cardioid capsule brings, such as low noise and a forgiving character when worked up close, we have had to put up with the accompanying down sides of inconsistent polar patterns and ugly off-axis coloration."
Sam Inglis, Sound On Sound, November 2017

For the moment the full review is only visible to subscribers or those that pay to download a PDF version.

Click here to read the review.