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The 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, VST, AU, AAX Native) accurately models the response of a wide range of mics, including transient response, harmonics, proximity effect and three-dimensional polar response.

  • 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

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 Collection

Access some of the most prized microphones of all time, including a 47 (with VF14 tube), a 67, an M49, and a C12.

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 and 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.

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.

Townsend Labs Releases Sphere 1.4

Ten new microphone models have been added to the Sphere plug-in—the software component in the award-winning and best-in-class Sphere L22 microphone modeling system. With the 1.4 update,which is free of charge, the collection now includes over 30 individual models. Version 1.4 of the Sphere plug-in is available in all major native plug-in formats, as well as Universal Audio’s UAD-2/Apollo and Avid’s AAX DSP platforms.

LD-563

Based on a classic German bottle microphone with interchangeable microphone capsule heads. The different polar patterns in the Sphere plug-in are based on three different capsules, M7, M8, and M55k. For many, the 563 with the M7 cardioid capsule is a favorite for recording vocalists.

LD-017T

A commissioned model of a current production SoyuzⓇ 017 TUBE large diaphragm microphone, created in partnership with Soyuz. It’s a modern classic that is 100% hand-built in Tula, Russia. Popular uses include vocals and acoustic instruments.

DN-409N and DN-409U

Based on two different variants of the classic German 409 dynamic microphone, which is a favorite for rock vocals and guitar amplifiers. The older N-version is slightly more colored whereas the U-version from the 1980s has a nice, smooth top-end.

DN-421N, DN-421S, and DN-421B

Based on three different variants of the iconic German 421 microphone—a large-diaphragm dynamic, popular for bass and guitar amps, kick drums and toms, horns, and vocals. The N-version is based on a classic beige 421 from the 1960s and has a slightly warmer sound than the 421B, which is based on a current production black 421 and faithfully captures its slightly brighter character. The 421S is the oldest version of the three, with a script logo and a more colored sound.

DN-12A and DN-12E

Based on Austrian dynamic microphones - a go-to choice for kick drum and bass instruments. The DN-12A is based on the original version from the 1950s and has a more colored sound. The DN-12E is based on a later version with a slightly more "modern" sound.

SD-416

Based on an industry-standard shotgun microphone, commonly used in the studio for voice-over and ADR duties. It is the go-to mic for that big voice-over sound in Hollywood-produced movie trailers we’re all so familiar with.

More Information
Product Name Townsend Labs Sphere 1.4 L22 Condenser Studio Mic
Brand Townsend Labs
Condition New
MPN SphereL22
UPC 889406081239
Shipping Option Free Shipping to the Continental U.S.

Warning: This product can expose you to chemicals that are known to the State of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

  • Sphere L22 Microphone – high precision, dual-capsule, 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
  • Sphere®Core plug-in – accurately models a wide range of the most sought-after microphones in the world.
  • Re-Mic technology – allows the user to change the mic type and polar pattern even after tracking.
  • New patented features – including Off-Axis Correction™, which can produce more accurate polar patterns for reduced bleed, room coloration, and feedback.
  • Supports a wide range of plug-in formats – including UAD, AAX DSP, AAX Native, VST2, VST3, and Audio Units on Mac and Windows. Voucher included for free UAD Sphere plug-in.

30 Included Microphone Models

  • 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
  • LD-563
  • LD-017T
  • SD-451
  • SD-416
  • RB-4038
  • RB-77DX Satin
  • RB-77DX Umber
  • DN-57
  • DN-7
  • DN-409N
  • DN-409U
  • DN-421N
  • DN-421S
  • DN-421B
  • DN-12A
  • DN-12E

Sphere L22™ Microphone

  • Equivalent Noise Level: 7 dB-A
  • Max SPL at 0.5% THD: 140dB (with -20dB pad engaged)
  • Pad Attenuation: -10db and -20dB
  • Sensitivity: 22 mV/Pa
  • Output Connector: 5-pin male XLR
  • Breakout Cable: 10’ (3m) 5-pin female XLR to dual 3-pin male XLR
  • Weight (mic only): 1.7 lbs. (770 grams)
  • Dimensions (mic only): 8.9" x 2.5" (225mm x 63mm)
  • Output Impedance: 200 Ohms
  • Recommended Load Impedance: >1000 Ohms
  • Phantom Power
    • Voltage: 44 to 52 V per channel
    • Current: 5 mA per channel typical, 8 mA at max SPL

Sphere®Core Plug-In

  • Supported Plug-in Formats:
    • UAD
    • AAX DSP
    • AAX Native
    • VST2
    • VST3
    • Audio Units (Mac only)
  • Supported Operating Systems:
    • Native (AAX, VST and AU):
      • Mac OSX 10.8.5 and above
      • Windows 7 and above
    • Apollo Interfaces and UAD-2 hardware (AAX, VST, AU, and RTAS)
      • Mac OSX 10.9.5 and above
      • Windows 7 and above
  • System Requirements:
    • 4 GB of RAM
    • 200 MB free disk space
    • 1024 x 768 display resolution
    • Internet connection to download software
    • Two microphone preamplifiers with phantom power
    • Compatible plug-in host application (DAW) software supporting AAX, VST2, VST3, AU or UAD.
  • 30 Included Microphone Models:
    • LD-47K
    • LD-49K
    • LD-67
    • LD-67 NOS
    • LD-12
    • LD-251
    • LD-800
    • LD-87
    • LD-87 TK
    • LD-414 Brass
    • LD-414 Nylon
    • LD-414 US
    • LD-414 T2
    • LD-563
    • LD-017T
    • SD-451
    • SD-416
    • RB-4038
    • RB-77DX Satin
    • RB-77DX Umber
    • DN-57
    • DN-7
    • DN-409N
    • DN-409U
    • DN-421N
    • DN-421S
    • DN-421B
    • DN-12A
    • DN-12E
    • Sphere Linear
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