Townsend Labs Sphere L22 wins 2020 TEC Award key art

Anaheim, California, January 21, 2020. Townsend Labs is honored to announce that the Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System Version 1.3 has been awarded a prestigious TEC Award (Technical Excellence & Creativity Award) for Outstanding Technical Achievement in the Recording Microphones category at the recent 2020 NAMM show. Following previous accolades such as the Sound on Sound Editors' Choice award, the TEC Award further underlines the exceptional quality and innovative approach of the Townsend Labs Sphere L22.  

The 35th Annual TEC Awards were presented by the TEC Foundation at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California on Saturday, January 18th, 2020. In a vibrant ceremony hosted by actor and comedian Fred Armisen, winners in 23 technical and eight creative excellence categories took home an award. The iconic American singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was honored at the event with the 2020 Les Paul Innovation Award.

“We are so honored to win a TEC Award”, comments Chris Townsend, CEO & CTO of Townsend Labs. “I have been going to NAMM for well over 20 years and winning a TEC Award only seemed like a  dream. And of course, thanks to all of our customers. Without you, none of this would be possible.” 

Erik Papp, Co-Founder and President at Townsend Labs, adds: “We’d also like to thank our Indiegogo backers who helped us start the company about three years ago. The support and loyalty of these customers extend all the way until now and is a big part of our Sphere community.”

Sphere L22 TEC Award winner Chris Townsend and Erik Papp

Chris Townsend and Erik Papp at the 2020 TEC Awards. Picture attribution: TEC Awards

About Sphere

Since its debut in 2016, 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 system is comprised 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 30 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. 

Townsend Labs Sphere plug-in with Soyuz 017 Tube model 1200 px

The Sphere L22 microphone is paired with the plug-in including 30 stunning-sounding microphone models.

Software Version 1.3

Even though Sphere is already on version 1.4 of the plug-in now, the TEC Award is attributed to the Sphere 1.3 update. With version 1.3 of the Sphere plug-in, released in May 2019, Townsend Labs has added support for AAX DSP, which means Pro Tools HDX owners can now use the microphone with near-zero latency in their existing workflow. This does not only make Sphere L22 an even more attractive choice for top-end music producers and high-end commercial studio facilities, but also for audio post and dialog recordists. As such, Sphere is the first and only microphone modeling system available for Pro Tools HDX.

Product infos: https://townsendlabs.com/products/sphere-l22/

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Full list of winners: https://www.tecawards.org/winners-2020

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

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.