Vanguard V44S Gen2 Stereo FET Condenser Microphone

Vanguard V44S Gen2 Stereo FET Condenser Microphone

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Upgraded Vanguard V44S Gen2 stereo condenser microphone features twin 3-pattern capsules,  120º rotatable top capsule with 15º detents, VLSM shockmount and M/S splitter box

 

The second generation Vanguard V44S is a stereo large-diaphragm multi-pattern FET condenser microphone lovingly re-imagined by the Vanguard Audio Lab team. This unique microphone is designed to be a versatile, reliable, professional tool in the vein of highly-sought-after vintage stereo condensers of yesteryear. With a pair of twin coincident custom-voiced multi-pattern capsules, you can utilize X/Y, Mid-Side, Blumlein, and other less conventional stereo microphone techniques in a single microphone. With a gen2 redesigned detented heavy-duty rotation mechanism, premium cryogenically-treated FET circuitry, Neutrik® interconnects, and a VLSM shockmount, the V44S is the first and last stereo microphone you’ll ever need to reach for.

 

Vanguard V44S Gen2 Features

  • Twin custom-voiced, edge-terminated 34mm dual-capsule assembly with 3µm gold-sputtered Mylar diaphragms
  • 3 independently selectable polar patterns per capsule
  • Electronically-balanced solid-state circuitry loaded with premium-grade components
  • Deep-cycle cryogenic treatment of critical signal & power path components
  • 120º rotatable top capsule with 15º detents
  • Versatile splitter box for mobile & live recording conditions
  • Ultra-low-noise JFET design
  • US-made low-noise audiophile-grade resistors
  • Heavy-duty brass, aluminum, steel, and zinc construction
  • Robust punched-steel capsule rotation mechanism
  • Neutrik® interconnects throughout
  • Each V44S comes with its own laser-engraved serial number
  • Final Assembly & 100% Quality Control in California, USA
  • 5-Year Warranty


Design

The VANGUARD V44S is very different from other microphones in its price range. It is designed and precision-built in limited quantities to “no-compromise” standards, with final assembly and 100% testing here in Southern California.

Vanguard Audio started with twin extra-large 34mm edge-terminated, gold-sputtered 3µm Mylar dual-capsule assemblies and custom-voiced them with a proprietary hand-tuning process, placing each capsule in an open-weave headbasket for a natural sound with low internal reflections. New for the gen2, the top headbasket now rotates up to 120 degrees, with detents every 15 degrees for repeatability of settings.

Vanguard then designed a transformerless solid-state circuit that matches the unique musical properties of their capsules and loaded it with premium-grade, over-spec components sourced from manufacturers around the world. They cryogenically treated critical components in the signal & power paths, including an ultra-high-grade FET. In the entire lineup of gen2 microphones, Vanguard chose to use US-made, low-noise audiophile-grade resistors. This takes the noise floor of the V44S to nearly undetectable gen2.

Aesthetically, the precision-machined stainless steel body is coated with our signature Pinot Noir, finished with a deep, lustrous gloss, and accented by polished nickel trim and a precision-cast Vanguard badge. Your V44S’s serial number is laser-engraved on the lower rear of the microphone.

The V44S was designed by a team of experts with nearly a century of experience and vetted by award-winning engineers and producers.


Performance

Vanguard Audio Labs designed the V44S with the character of classic stereo microphones in mind, while also utilizing modern technology & design to meet the demands of today’s recording professionals. The ultra-thin 3µm edge-terminated capsule diaphragms are extraordinarily sensitive, ensuring that every nuance and detail of the performance is faithfully captured.

Both custom-voiced capsules are independently switchable between cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-8 pickup patterns, enabling X/Y, Mid-Side, and Blumlein stereo mic’ing within one microphone, as well as less conventional stereo techniques.

One of the biggest frustrations heard from users of stereo microphones is the flaws of current and past headbasket rotation assemblies. Too often, the current designs are fragile and prone to noisy operation, breakage, and signal loss. Vanguard designed a heavy-duty, punched-steel rotation mechanism which detents every 15 degrees for reliable, durable operation.

The included splitter box contains an additional phase-reversed top capsule output, which is perfect for less-than-ideal recording conditions such as concert taping. This allows mid-side recording with no additional mixer patching.

After hundreds of hours of listening and testing exhaustive design variations with renowned recording engineers, Vanguard can confidently say that this microphone will vastly exceed the performance of other stereo microphones in its price range, and rival the performance of stereo microphones costing several times more.

 

Quality

The V44S was designed in the USA, and undergoes final assembly in sunny Southern California. Vanguard perform 100% quality control – every single piece of your microphone kit undergoes a series of stringent audio and visual tests here in Southern California before being hand-packed.

Every part of the V44S was designed to be robust and reliable. Wherever possible, components were over-specced. The deep-cycle cryogenic treatment improves the lifespan and performance of critical electronic components. Stainless steel, aluminum, and zinc are part of the heavy-duty construction. Every Vanguard microphone is backed by their FIVE-YEAR WARRANTY.

 

What's Included in the Box:

  • Vanguard V44S Microphone
  • VLSM Large Shockmount
  • V44S Splitter Box
  • 5-Pin Heavy-Duty Microphone Cable
  • Removable windscreen
  • Padded Pinewood Microphone Storage Box
  • Locking Aluminum Carrying Case
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ManufacturerVanguard Audio Labs
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