Townsend Labs Sphere L22

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Townsend Labs Sphere L22

Precision Microphone Modeling System

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 DSP 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.

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.

Now You Can:

  • 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 Processing

With Universal Audio Apollo, achieve extremely low latency (approx. 1.6ms round trip at 96kHz) for guaranteed real-time performance. 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.

 

  • 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™ DSP Plug-In
  • Supported Plug-in Formats:
    • UAD
    • 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

For many, the 47 is the ultimate vocal mic. Rumor has it that Frank Sinatra would not sing without his. The specimen we modeled is an original 47 with a fully brass K47 capsule with a mylar diaphragm and a VF-14 tube.

LD-12

Released in 1953 the C12 is another iconic mic which has a gorgeous high-end sheen and sparkle, due to the uniquely designed CK12 capsule. It's a great choice for lush, breathy vocals, without overly accentuating sibilance.

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mic_u67_@2x 

LD-67

The 67 is a very unique and wonderful mic that tends toward warm, yet without sounding dull. We modeled a mid-1960s version. It really shines on distorted guitar amps where it can reduce harshness while maintaining detail.

LD-49K

Although the M49 used the same capsules as the U47, it has a number of “enhancements” which give it its iconic and distinctive sound. The center position on the pattern knob is approximately cardioid, but often the pattern was dialed in a little more exactly to get the best cardioid pattern possible. The model uses this “best” cardioid position.

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Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Front 

Sphere Linear

The Sphere Linear model provides ruler-flat frequency response from 20Hz to 20kHz, as well as an extremely smooth and well controlled off-axis response. A first of its kind, for a directional microphone.

 

Other Models Include:

  • 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

All modeled product names are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Townsend Labs Inc. These product names and descriptions are provided for the sole purpose of identifying the specific products that were studied during Sphere’s sound model development.

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