Worldwide availability for Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System

The Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System, first welcomed as a standout crowdfunding success by the international professional audio community, is now shipping and available for order through leading professional audio suppliers around the globe.

"The crowdfunding interest generated interest from audio distributors around the world who represent many top-tier brands" states Erik Papp, Co-Founder “Now, with the crowdfunding promises delivered, we are offering Sphere around the world with the support of an excellent group of distribution partners.”

The Future of Microphone Modeling

Accurate and flexible, Sphere sets new standards in microphone modeling technology, delivering the real multi-dimensional characteristics of the most sought-after microphones of all time.

When combined with the included Sphere plug-in, Sphere is the most comprehensive microphone modeling solution available to date, with a palette of ten of the most sought-after mics (at time of introduction), and the ability to change the polar pattern and proximity control even after tracking.

With the reception it's had, the Sphere L22 looks set to be a significant contributor to countless recordings in the coming years.

Pioneering 3D Techniques

The development of the new Sphere technology has been a labor of love for audio veterans Chris Townsend and Erik Papp, founders of Townsend Labs Inc:

“I first started thinking about the microphone modeling problem several years ago during my work in emulating guitar amplifiers with various vintage microphone combinations,” Townsend explains. “Traditional modeling techniques like those used in classic hardware emulation don’t fully address the characteristics that truly make microphones unique and desirable. To capture those key spatial details, we pioneered methods to study microphones in three dimensions.”

The included Sphere plug-in is available for both Mac and PC in the VST, VST3, AAX (native) and Audio Units formats. It additionally supports Apollo Interfaces and UAD-2 hardware, making Sphere the first UAD-powered microphone and also offering near-zero latency monitoring with Sphere modeled microphones and UAD powered plug-ins.

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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 debuted 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.

For further information, review requests, or any questions, please contact Townsend Lab’s President Erik Papp at