Sphere L22 nominated for 35th TEC Award - Vote now!

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We are honored to announce that the Sphere L22 with the version 1.3 update has been nominated for the 35th TEC award in the Technical Achievement category. Following previous accolades such as the Sound on Sound Editors' Choice award, the Townsend Labs L22 continues to receive public praise. The recently released version 1.3 update of the plug-in has added support for AAX DSP for Avid Pro Tools HDX systems. We've added even more value to the system by expanding the included collection to 30 fantastic-sounding microphones with Sphere 1.4.

Vote Now

Voting for the 35th Annual NAMM TEC Awards is now open to pro audio, music industry and live event professionals, those that make their living involved in a related field to music products, professional audio, and / or sound production.

Please consider voting for Townsend Labs. We'd very much appreciate your support!

The voting process started on November 20th and will run through December 31 at 11:59 pm PT. Winners will be announced at the big night in Anaheim, CA, on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

About the TEC Award

Presented annually at The NAMM Show, the TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and multi-media. Now in its 35th year, the Awards are widely recognized as the highest honor dedicated to the pro audio and sound recording industry.

Nominated in the "Microphones - Recording" subcategory of the Technical Achievement division, the Sphere L22 shares the list with products by companies such as AEA Ribbon Mics, sE electronics, and Chandler Limited. Find the full list of nominees here.


Since its debut in 2017, the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 has established itself as the best microphone modeling solution in the industry. 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 captures the spatial in-room behavior of the original transducers, including transient response, harmonics, proximity effect, and three-dimensional polar response. The stunning accuracy is what has convinced users from home recordists to seasoned industry veterans, such as Joe Chiccarelli and Allen Sides, that Sphere is the future of microphones.

Sphere L22

The 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 30 models of coveted microphones, and new mics are added regularly. If it were ever up for sale, the collection would be worth more than a hundred thousand dollars. 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 as well as on Universal Audio’s UAD-2, Apollo and Arrow platform. With version 1.3 of the Sphere plug-in, Townsend Labs adds support for AAX DSP, which means Pro Tools HDX owners can now use the microphone with near-zero latency in their existing workflow.

Find out why pro producers and engineers like Joe Chiccarelli and Billy Bush choose Sphere in this video:

Next Stop: NAMM 2020

We are excited about this recognition by the NAMM Foundation for the Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System. Next stop: the 35th Annual NAMM TEC Awards at the 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, where the category winners will be announced.

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.