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Campbell, California, November 19, 2020. The Townsend Labs Sphere software 1.4  for the Sphere L22 has been nominated for the 36th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards in the category of Outstanding Technical Achievement, Recording Microphones. After the 2020 win of the TEC Award for Sphere 1.3, the Sphere L22 microphone gets recognized by the prestigious award for its continuous innovation and technical excellence the second year in a row.

The NAMM TEC Award

Presented by The NAMM Foundation, The NAMM TEC Awards are bestowed annually to celebrate the pro audio community by recognizing the individuals, companies, and technical innovations behind today’s sound recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and other media.

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Chris Townsend, CEO & CTO of Townsend Labs, comments:

"I am honored that we are again nominated for a TEC Award. It is great to be recognized for our continued innovation. Townsend Labs' mission is to develop the best possible recording gear that meets or exceeds the expectations of audio creators around the world." - Chris Townsend

The nomination announcement follows a four-month call for entries of standout technical and creative products and projects that have made a significant impact on modern sound and music. A panel of respected industry voters from pro audio publications and members of professional music, technical and creative organizations, along with select NAMM members, carefully evaluated each entry before selecting the Sphere L22 1.4 for the nomination.

"The TEC awards come straight out of our professional audio community,” Erik Papp, Townsend Labs President and Co-founder states.

"We couldn't be more proud to be recognized by our peers and family of customers. We are honored to once again be nominated.” - Erik Papp

One step ahead  - Sphere 1.5 is out now

The award nomination for Sphere 1.4 coincides with the release of the Sphere software update 1.5, which further underscores Townsend Labs’ commitment to pushing the envelope for microphone technology.

Version 1.5 adds new features for voice-over artists and music producers seeking better recordings under challenging conditions. New models of four classic microphones, each with a proud history of vocal/voice-over use, have been added to Sphere’s ever-growing mic locker, and Version 1.5 introduces IsoSphere™, a patented new technology that helps combat the unwanted effects of poor room acoustics. It’s available in all major native plug-in formats as well as Universal UAD-2/Apollo and Avid AAX—and like all Sphere upgrades to date, it’s free of charge.

Voting for the 2021 TEC Awards starts on December 10, 2020. Click here to vote now.
The NAMM TEC Awards will be held in January 2021 in conjunction with Believe in Music Week, the global, online gathering to unite and support the people who bring music to the world.  

Learn more about the TEC Awards at www.tecawards.org

Media Contact:

For further information, review requests, or any questions, please contact Townsend Lab’s President Erik Papp at erik@townsendlabs.com. 

Link to press assets: https://bit.ly/3kMIYD2

Link to all 2021 TEC Awards nominees: https://www.tecawards.org/nominees/2021/technical


About the Sphere L22

Since its debut in 2016, the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 has established itself as the best microphone modeling solution. Its pioneering multi-dimensional modeling technology and unique dual-channel design take microphone modeling far beyond merely mimicking the static on-axis response of the original microphones. 

The Sphere L22 system consists of a dedicated, dual-channel microphone and its software counterpart, the Sphere plug-in. The exacting models incorporate transient response, harmonics, proximity effect, and multi-dimensional polar response. Thanks to Townsend Labs' exhaustive and curated study of classic microphones, the Sphere system currently brings the soul of 34 of the world's most revered microphones to life. The striking accuracy and sonic results have convinced owners from home recordists to seasoned industry veterans, such as Joe Chiccarelli, Billy Bush, and Allen Sides. 

Leading pro audio industry accolades such as the Sound on Sound Editors' Choice award, the win of a 2020 TEC Award for Sphere 1.3, and the recent TEC Award nomination for Sphere 1.4 underline the innovative approach of the Sphere L22.

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.


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