Introducing Sphere 1.5 - Beyond Modeling

Townsend Labs is proud to announce the latest update to Sphere—the software component in the award-winning and best-in-class Sphere L22 microphone modeling system. It’s available in all major native plug-in formats as well as Universal Audio UAD-2/Apollo and Avid AAX—and like all Sphere upgrades to date, it’s free of charge.

When paired with the Townsend Labs L22 dual-capsule microphone, the Sphere plug-in gives you unprecedented access to the rich, authentic sounds of the finest microphones in recording history. Our patented Sphere modeling technology accurately models the response of a wide range of mics, including transient response, harmonics, proximity effect, and multi-dimensional polar response. Sphere is supported across platforms and does not require a dedicated interface or preamp.

What’s new?

Version 1.5 adds great new features and sonic options tailored for voice-over artists and music producers. 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.

Sphere 1.5 also introduces a new, refined user interface. It’s a more focused design that emphasizes essential features, such as mic model selection, and neatly integrates the new IsoSphere™ feature, which immediately feels natural and organic.  

Finally, the Sphere 1.5 update introduces a selection of new presets from world-famous artists, producers, and engineers including Chris Baseford, Joe Chiccarelli, Billy Bush, and Cassidy Turbin. It also features go-to settings by voice-over artists such as Brent Allen Hagel and Jordan Reynolds. These highly usable presets are the ideal starting point to record a specific instrument or just to get inspired, and just like the update itself, they are available at no additional cost.

Meet Your New Mic Models

Townsend Labs Sphere 1.5 LD-87 Modern Microphone

LD-87 Modern, based on a current production 87 in factory-shipping condition. In production for almost 35 years, the 87 has become a defacto standard for broadcast, voice-over, and many other applications. Our new LD-87 Modern model is slightly brighter and more modern-sounding than our LD-87 Vintage model, which had been in the Sphere Core collection from the beginning.

Arguably, the 87 is the world’s best-known studio microphone of all, and it’s the gold standard for many voice-over artists, podcasters, and broadcasters alike.

Townsend Labs Sphere 1.5 LD-37A Microphone

LD-37A, based on a classic 1950s Japanese tube microphone which has been used by countless icons, including Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Hendrix. Compared to other condensers, it’s known for a warmer, smoother sound, which can be good for taming sibilance and harsh high-end, yet still has enough 'air' in the upper register to avoid sounding dull.

It’s a favorite choice for drum overheads and toms for many engineers but also excels on vocals and electric guitars.

Townsend Labs Sphere 1.5 LD-37P Microphone

LD-37P, based on a lesser-known FET version of the 37A Japanese tube microphone. The 37P is slightly brighter than the 37A. It can be an excellent choice to freshen up source material that is a bit dull sounding.

While the 37P is not nearly as well known as its tube predecessor, but you can still find it in prized microphone collections and at world-class studios such as Power Station/Avatar.

Townsend Labs Sphere 1.5 DN-20 Microphone

DN-20, based on an industry-standard large-diaphragm dynamic microphone used on applications ranging from broadcast and voice-over to kick drum. The microphone is often a go-to choice for spoken word applications due to its pleasant presence boost with a sharp high-frequency dip to minimize sibilance.

It’s a staple of AM/FM radio hosts and DJs around the world. Its frequency response is tailored toward voice recording but music producers and engineers also like to use this mic for kick drums, bass amps, and horns. The mic has even proved its worth for singers such as Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.

Where do I get it?

The Sphere plug-in version 1.5 is immediately available for all major native platforms (VST, AU, AAX Native), AAX DSP for Avid Pro Tools HDX systems, and UAD-2 for Universal Audio Apollo/Arrow interfaces and accelerators from our downloads page. To record audio and make use of the microphone models in the Sphere plug-in, the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 microphone is required. However, the plug-in itself is available to anyone free of charge, and can be used for evaluation and educational purposes using our pre-recorded material. If you're a mixing engineer or collaborator, you can install the plug-in to work with tracks recorded with a Sphere L22 microphone by others.

Follow the links below to download either the installer for native platforms and AAX DSP, or to be redirected to the UAD Software v9.13 download page.

What exactly is the Sphere Microphone Modeling System and why do I need it?

Excellent question! Watch this video, explore our other content and download the free, fully-functioning software as well as our pre-recorded tracks to find out:

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.