Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System
Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System

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Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System

Mic modeling system featuring L22 dual-channel large-diaphragm condenser mic and Sphere DSP plug-in (now with AAX DSP support) to give you authentic recreations of the world's most sought after microphones.

The Townsend Labs Sphere L22™ microphone system from Townsend Labs models the characteristics of the most sought-after large-diaphragm condenser microphones with amazing accuracy and allows selection of different mics and patterns even after tracking.
The Sphere® system consists of a high precision dual channel microphone, which when paired with the included Sphere plug-in (UAD, AAX DSP, AAX Native, VST, AU) accurately models the response of a wide range of mics, including transient response, harmonics, proximity effect and three-dimensional polar response.

Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Features:

  • Record with the sound of microphones many have only dreamt about
  • Includes over 30 extremely accurate microphone models
  • 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

Breakthrough Microphone Modeling Technology

Sphere’s three-dimensional approach captures the spatial nuances, proximity effect and off-axis frequency response of a wide range of microphones, which until now was not possible with any other product.

Dream Microphone Collection

Access some of the most prized microphones of all time, including a 47 (with VF14 tube), a 67, an M49, and a C12, and with the Sphere 1.4 update, there are 10 new mic models included!

Mic Models Include:
  • LD-563 - an iconic East German bottle microphone from the mid-1960s
  • LD-017T - a commissioned model of a current production Soyuz 017 TUBE large diaphragm microphone
  • DN-409N and DN-409U - based on two different variants of the classic German 409 dynamic microphone
  • DN-421N, DN-421S, and DN-421B - based on three differently sounding variants of the iconic German 421 microphone
  • DN-12A and DN-12E - based on Austrian dynamic microphones
  • SD-416 - based on an industry-standard shotgun microphone
  • LD-47K
  • LD-12
  • LD-67
  • LD-49K
  • Sphere Linear
  • LD-251
  • LD-800
  • LD-67 NOS
  • LD-87
  • LD-87 TK
  • LD-414 Brass
  • LD-414 Nylon
  • LD-414 US
  • LD-414 T2
  • SD-451
  • RB-4038
  • RB-77DX Satin
  • RB-77DX Umber
  • DN-57
  • DN-7

Sphere L22 Microphone

The Sphere system employs the high-resolution, dual-channel L22 large-diaphragm condenser microphone, custom designed to capture the three-dimensional soundfield with exacting detail. Manufactured to extremely tight tolerances, the L22 ensures that modeling is consistent and accurate.

Realtime UAD & AAX DSP Processing

With Universal Audio Apollo, achieve extremely low latency (approx. 1.6ms round trip at 96kHz) for guaranteed real-time performance. The AAX DSP format allows for guaranteed low-latency performance on Avid HDX systems. Sphere also supports native AAX, VST and AU.

Polar Pattern Modeling

Because Sphere captures the three-dimensional response of target microphones, it precisely emulates the polar patterns and other off-axis characteristics of vintage microphones which are essential to their unique sound.

Re-Mic Sphere Tracks

Select mic type, polar pattern and other settings both before and after tracking.

Adjustable Proximity Effect

No need to move a microphone solely because of too little or too much bass due to proximity effect. Great for punching in a vocal where distance from the mic varies from take to take.

Dual Mic Models

Dual Mode in the Sphere plug-in makes possible phase-coherent mixing of multiple virtual mic models from the same physical microphone, before or after tracking. It's also possible to adjust the relative phase alignment of the two mics with the Align control.

Record In Stereo (With One Mic)

With just one Sphere L22 mic it’s possible to make coincident stereo recordings, and even have different mic models on the left and right channels, using the Sphere 180 plug-in.

Axis Shift

Virtually rotate the axis of the mic to give a more off-axis sound before or after tracking.

Off-Axis Correction™

Create more accurate polar patterns to reduce bleed, room coloration, and susceptibility of feedback before or after tracking. For more information see the Off-Axis Correction chapter in the Sphere Hardware and Software User Guide.

Polar Meter

The Sphere plug-in features a visually informative (and very cool) Polar Meter that dynamically displays the direction and level of sound being picked up by the microphone, as well as the currently selected polar pattern.

Low Noise

The microphone hardware has a self-noise level of 7dB-A SPL, well below most vintage microphones and comparable to many of the best modern microphones. Townsend Labs Sphere L22 PCB Closeup

High SPL Handling

The L22 can handle in excess of 140dB SPL before clipping and is remarkably rugged. It won’t be damaged by high SPLs or air blasts as some vintage microphones can be.

What's Included

Sphere L22 Microphone – high precision, dual-channel, large-diaphragm condenser studio microphone, which can be used with or without modeling
Bundled Accessories
  • 10 Foot (3 Meter) Breakout Cable
  • Shock Mount
  • Swivel Mount
  • Hard Carrying Case
  • Plush Dust Cover

The Townsend Labs Sphere L22 mic modeling system gives you the authentic vintage sound of a dream mic-locker, for a fraction of the price and with modern features. Call or Live chat RSPE for more information.

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