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Vanguard’s V4 Microphones Sparkle For the 2020 Golden Globes

Award-Winning Engineer Gary Lux Chooses Vanguard Audio Labs V4 to Capture Sparkling Horns


For the past 27 years, the music for the Golden Globe Awards broadcast has been recorded by veteran LA recording guru Gary Lux. That's right - all the music heard during the Golden Globe’s broadcast is prerecorded. There is no live orchestra at the show.

Lux is well known for making many of the top acts sound their best, notably Janet Jackson, Manhattan Transfer, Ben Harper, Sting and many others. This year Lux recorded the music, composed by Music Director Geoff Stradling (The Romanoffs, Mad Men, The Dark Knight Rises…) a few blocks from our RSPE Audio offices, at North Hollywood's Sphere Studios.

The setting could not have been better: a great-sounding, big room, first-call LA studio musicians, a vintage Neve 8078 console… and Vanguard Audio Labs’ V4 Large Diaphragm FET condenser microphones.

“In show music the trumpets are generally the lead instruments, so they need to have a certain sparkle”, explains Lux, “these players are blowing their brains out and the mics need to handle all that SPL without folding…and not hurt me”. Gary continues, “I used the V4s on saxes as well, in fact all the brass and woodwinds were on V4s. I think they sound terrific. They’re open and have great presence”.


Vanguard V4 Microphones recording the horns for the Golden Globe Awards

...All the brass and woodwinds were on V4s. I think they sound terrific. They’re open and have great presence.”

- Gary Lux

The Vanguard V4 is a transformerless large-diaphragm multi-pattern FET condenser microphone. It was designed with certain characteristics of classic FET microphones in mind, while also utilizing modern technology and design to meet the demands of the modern recording environment. The ultra-thin 3µm edge-terminated capsule diaphragms are extraordinarily sensitive, and custom-voiced with a proprietary hand-tuning process. The capsule is mounted in an open weave headbasket producing minimal internal reflections.

For the last few years Lux has favored a well- known vintage German FET mic for the application, and, in fact, some A/B’ing of that venerable old mic and the V4s occurred during the session on December 30th. Lux added, “After using German mics for years, I tried the Vanguards. After the first take, I knew these were the real deal”.

Geoff Stradling concurred, “They sound great! Punchy and transparent”.

After using German mics for years, I tried the Vanguards. After the first take, I knew these were the real deal.”

- Gary Lux
Gary Lux holds Vanguard V4 Microphone during Golden Globe's recording session
Vanguard V4 microphone in shock mount for the Globe


You can hear the V4s on the Golden Globes intro above.



Want to hear more? Register to attend our Vanguard Audio Labs event on February 20th, 2020 and you can hear exclusive tracks from the session, plus some A/B between the vintage German mic mentioned and the Vanguard V4.

Recording Tips from the Pros Featuring Cesar Mejia and Gary Lux

Thursday, February 20, 7pm at RSPE Audio


Join us Thursday, February 20th as veteran engineers Cesar Mejia (Herbie Hancock, Terrace Martin, Fredo Ortiz, will.i.am, and more) and Gary Lux (Janet Jackson, Manhattan Transfer, Ben Harper, Usher, Sting, and more) plus instrumentalist Ben Burget share their experiences recording with Vanguard Audio Labs microphones.