Soyuz Microphones and Townsend Labs Announce Collaboration

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Two contemporary microphone brands with very different approaches to microphone design are excited to announce their collaboration. Soyuz Microphones is known for creating high-end modern classics — microphones designed and hand manufactured in the same fashion as the iconic vintage transducers of yesteryear. Townsend Labs, on the other hand, are the inventors of multi-dimensional mic modeling, and the Sphere Microphone Modeling System relies on cutting edge digital technology and modern microphone manufacturing methods. The first outcome of the concerted effort is the forthcoming inclusion of an officially commissioned Soyuz 017 TUBE model in the Sphere plug-in, the software component of Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System. Release date to be announced.

Perfect Timing

“I’ve been paying close attention to the hand-crafted Soyuz microphones for years. The design first caught my attention, but their reputation and sound made the combination worth capturing and sharing.” States Townsend Labs Co-Founder, Erik Papp. “The timing and chance to collude with the Russians made it hard to pass up.”

It is with great pride and excitement Soyuz Microphones and Townsend Labs announce their new collaboration. The first outcome of the joint effort is an officially endorsed model of the Soyuz 017 TUBE microphone, which will be added to the already impressive collection of high-end microphones in Townsend Labs’ Sphere plug-in.

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A side-by-side view of the Soyuz 017 TUBE microphone and the LD-017T model in the Sphere plug-in

"I had heard nothing but good things about Sphere and was immediately intrigued when my colleague, Sammy Rothman suggested a collaboration with Townsend Labs. After speaking with Erik at NAMM, I became convinced that the project could be something really special. There's something compelling about two companies that are so different being able to cooperate to create something useful to the recording community. Soyuz is based on 100% old school handmade manufacturing and Townsend is the very essence of all that is cutting edge and high tech in pro audio. It's an honor and pleasure to be involved with such an interesting and innovative company." - David Arthur Brown, President and Co-Founder of Soyuz Microphones.

The East - the Soyuz 017 TUBE

The Soyuz 017 TUBE microphone delivers the classic sound that engineers have only imagined possible from a new microphone. With an honest and open top-end, smooth and graceful mid-range, and a powerful yet balanced low-end, the 017 is designed to be the perfect mic for vocals while quickly endearing itself to instrumentalists looking to capture their natural sound with flattering character.

Hear from producer/engineer Joe Chiccarelli (The Strokes, Beck, Jason Mraz) what he likes about the 017 TUBE:

The West - the Townsend Labs Sphere L22

Townsend Labs Sphere L22 with GUI high resThe Sphere L22 system is comprised of a dedicated, dual-channel microphone and its software counterpart, the Sphere plug-in. The plug-in currently includes over 20 models of coveted microphones—a collection which would be worth more than a hundred thousand dollars if it was ever up for sale, and to which new microphone models are regularly added. The microphone can be used with any preamp and any digital interface, and the Sphere plug-in is available for all major native plug-in formats. Also included is support for Universal Audio’s UAD-2, Apollo and Arrow platform, and Avid's AAX DSP technology for Pro Tools HDX systems.


The Result - Hear the LD-017T model on vocals

Ready for a preview of the forthcoming LD-017T model? Hear the mic model for the Sphere L22 capture Alana Alexander's beautiful voice in this short acapella performance:

The Soyuz 017 TUBE model will be included in a forthcoming update to the Sphere plug-in, which will be free to existing Sphere owners. The release date yet to be announced.

Download the press assets here.

For further information, review requests, or any questions, please contact Townsend Lab’s President Erik Papp at

About Townsend Labs

Following more than three years of technical development, Townsend Labs was founded in 2015 by thirteen-year Avid alum and DSP architect Chris Townsend, together with Erik Papp, previously CEO of Summit Audio Inc. Townsend Labs Inc. is a professional audio company in the San Francisco Bay Area region of California. In July 2016, Townsend Labs announced their world-class patented microphone modeling technology, Sphere. Sphere’s analog hardware directly captures spatial and distance information in the sound field, allowing for unprecedented control and multi-dimensional modeling of vintage microphones from within the Sphere plug-in.

About Soyuz Microphones

Soyuz Microphones was founded in 2013 on the belief that combining Russia’s rich tradition of microphone manufacturing with Western design, quality control and marketing could produce a line of products that could be compared to the classics of yesteryear without trying to clone them. The word SOYUZ (союз) means union or alliance in Russian. Musician David Arthur Brown (Beck, Brazzaville) and businessman Pavel Bazdyrev have managed to build a true union combining the best that both of their cultures have to offer. Based in Tula, Russia and Los Angeles, CA, Soyuz has gained a worldwide reputation for producing true modern classics that even the pickiest of vintage mic aficionados feel comfortable using in their studios.