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Why Pros Like Billy Bush & Joe Chiccarelli Choose Sphere | Sphere Stories

Why do top producers choose Sphere? Join us for this conversation with the multi-Grammy nominated producers/engineers Billy Bush and Joe Chiccarelli. In the video, the two explain why they go for the Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System for their work with A-list artists like Morrissey, Garbage, and Silversun Pickups.

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.


Hollywood Sound

Townsend Labs' Erik Papp recently sat down with Billy Bush and Joe Chiccarelli, two seasoned, multi-Grammy nominated producers & engineers, for some Sphere Talk. Joe is known for his work for critically acclaimed artists such as The Strokes, Beck, Jason Mraz, among others. His creative home is the legendary Sunset Sound studio in Hollywood, CA. Billy Bush is world-renowned for his work on records by Garbage, The Naked and Famous, Dolly Parton, Paul McCartney, and many more. He has also worked closely with musician and producer Butch Vig (Green Day, Foo Fighters, Nirvana, and many more).

The Ultimate Choice in Modeling

In the video, both producers/engineers explain why the Sphere Microphone Modeling System is the ultimate choice for music production professionals and those aspiring to be. Despite having access to incredible vintage microphones, both engineers use the Sphere L22 regularly on high-profile projects due to its unrivaled sound and flexibility. The addition of AAX DSP support for Pro Tools HDX systems means that the Sphere plug-in now seamlessly integrates with top commercial studio facilities around the world.

Ever since its initial introduction, the Sphere plug-in has been available for all major native plug-in formats, as well as on Universal Audio’s UAD-2, Apollo and Arrow platform. With the addition of AAX DSP support in Sphere 1.3, owners of Pro Tools HDX systems can now enjoy perfect integration of the Sphere microphone into their existing DSP-based workflow, and monitor the over 30 included microphone models with near-zero latency while recording.

Townsend Labs Billy Bush interview Erik Papp blog post

Erik Papp, Co-Founder and President of Townsend Labs, with producer/engineer Billy Bush.

Why Top Producers Choose Sphere

The Sphere L22 is a microphone modeling system, consisting of a high-precision, dual-channel condenser microphone and the Sphere plug-in. The Sphere L22 can solve a number of problems for studios, and opens up new creative possibilities that traditional microphones simply can’t offer. For the first time ever, it is now possible to control and change key microphone parameters at mix time. Top producers and engineers choose Sphere because it allows them to use virtual microphones as mix tools.

"Sphere fits into the workflow perfectly, it provides so much flexibility and so many sonic options, and it's just a beautiful implementation of technology." - Billy Bush

Sphere also has significant advantages over other modeling microphones. With the addition of AAX DSP support in Sphere 1.3, owners of Pro Tools HDX systems can now enjoy perfect integration of the Sphere microphone system into their existing DSP-based workflow and monitor the over 30 included microphone models with near-zero latency while recording. But there are many more advantages to Sphere over other modeling microphones as well as traditional ones.

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.

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