Stereo Acoustic Guitar Made Easy | Sphere Shortcuts

The ability to record in stereo with a single L22 microphone is one of Sphere’s features that go far beyond mic modeling. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it sounds great - it comes as no surprise that many Sphere owners love using the mic like this. Join our product expert Julian David for this super fast guide to recording an acoustic guitar in stereo with Sphere 180.

You will learn:

  • How to set the L22 up for stereo recording
  • Where to position the L22 to get a balanced sound
  • What controls allow changing the sound quickly
  • How to adjust the width of the guitar in the mix
  • How to fit the recording in a pop mix

Why use Sphere 180?

Getting a complete capture of an instrument like an acoustic guitar with a single mic can be challenging. Recording a lovely six string in stereo, on the other hand, can be time-consuming and difficult to set up. The L22's Sphere 180 mode allows a very fast, simple to use stereo recording technique that works well for a wide range of instruments. In this mode, you can easily record an acoustic guitar in stereo without the hassle of typical stereo arrays. The dedicated Sphere 180 plug-in gives you control of all the usual microphone parameters but also lets you control the stereo width of the recording. Because the two capsules of the L22 are so close together, this coincident stereo technique is fully mono-compatible.

Townsend Labs acoustic guitar sphere 180 stereo setup matthias krämer

Once again, guitarist Matthias Krämer and his great sounding Furch OM acoustic joined us for this video. If you're interested in hearing more acoustic guitar demos recording with Sphere, check out this blog post.

The Sphere® system consists of the high precision dual channel L22 microphone, which when paired with the included Sphere plug-in (UAD, VST, AU, AAX Native) accurately models the response of a wide range of mics, including transient response, harmonics, proximity effect, and three-dimensional polar response. Unlock the real multi-dimensional tones of an expanding collection including 30 of recording history’s finest microphones.

With Sphere you now can:

  • Record with the sound of microphones many have only dreamt about
  • Change mic type, polar pattern, and other microphone characteristics, even after tracking!
  • Audition the sound of different microphones without tiring the vocalist
  • Reduce bleed, undesirable room coloration, and other common issues using Off-Axis Correction™
  • Record in stereo from a single microphone

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.