Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System and Apollo Twin USB Bundle
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- Desktop 2x6 USB 3 audio interface for Mac and Windows with next-generation 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion
- UAD Unison™ technology offers stunning models of classic tube and transformer-based preamps, guitar amps, and stompboxes
- Features DUO Core Processing for tracking through vintage compressors, EQs, tape machines, mic preamps, and guitar amp plug-ins
- Track through your Apollo and easily audition and record through vintage microphones with no latency
- Reduce bleed, room colouration, and microphone position - before or after tracking
- Change the proximity effect and polar pattern in real time or at mixdown
Bundle includes the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System and Universal Audio Apollo Twin USB Audio Interface with DSP.
Package consists of:
• 1 x Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System
• 1 x Universal Audio Apollo Twin Duo USB Audio Interface with DSP
Townsend Labs Sphere L22 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 Modelling 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.
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 modelling 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 Modelling
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
Virtually rotate the axis of the mic to give a more off-axis sound before or after tracking.
Create more accurate polar patterns to reduce bleed, room coloration, and susceptibility of feedback before or after tracking.
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.
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.
Specifications and System Requirements
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 inches (225mm x 63mm)
Output Impedance: 200 Ohms
Recommended Load Impedance: >1000 Ohms
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:
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
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.
Current Microphone Models
All modelled 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.
Universal Audio Apollo Twin Duo USB Audio Interface with DSP
The Universal Audio Apollo Twin USB offers this coveted interface with USB3 connectivity for Windows 7 or 8 users.
Apollo Twin USB reinvents desktop recording by delivering legendary analogue studio sound, feel, and flow to music creators everywhere. This 2x6 USB 3 audio interface for Windows-based machines (Windows 7 and 8) combines the impeccable 24/192 kHz audio conversion of Universal Audio's acclaimed Apollo series with onboard Realtime UAD Processing and Unison™ technology — a breakthrough in classic mic preamp emulation.
With its onboard UAD-2 DUO Core processing, Apollo Twin USB lets you record your music in real time (at near-zero latency) through the full range of UAD plug-ins — from Neve, Studer, Manley, Marshall, Lexicon, API, and more* — putting racks of vintage EQs, compressors, mic preamps, tape machines, reverbs, and guitar amps at your fingertips.
A Universal Audio breakthrough, Apollo Twin USB's Unison technology gives you the tone of the world's most sought-after mic preamps — including their impedance, gain stage 'sweet spots', and component-level circuit behaviours. Based on unprecedented hardware-software integration between Apollo's mic preamps and its onboard UAD plug-in processing, Unison lets you record through stunning emulations like the bundled UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ plug-in, with more emulations available at the UA Online Store.
Apollo Twin USB's smart feature set includes two class-leading mic/line preamps, two analogue line outputs, two digitally-controlled analogue monitor outputs for full resolution at all listening levels, and up to eight additional channels of digital input via Optical connection. Its onboard UAD-2 DUO Core processing lets you use UAD plug-ins both during realtime tracking and for mixing within Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, and more.
With its ergonomic desktop design, rugged aluminium construction, and front panel headphone and instrument connections, Apollo Twin USB has all the right tools, all in the right place.
Included in the Realtime Analog Classics Bundle:
UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ (Unison)
Marshall Plexi Classic Guitar Amp (Unison)
Ampeg SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp (Unison)
UA 1176LN Limiting Amplifier (Legacy)
UA 1176SE Limiting Amplifier (Legacy)
Pultec EQP-1A EQ (Legacy)
Pultec Pro EQ (Legacy)
Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)
Raw Distortion (Unison)
Precision Channel Strip (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
Precision Reflection Engine (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
Precision Delay Mod (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
Precision Delay Mod L (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
RealVerb Pro Custom Room Modeller
*Apollo Twin USB includes the 'Realtime Analog Classics' UAD plug-in bundle. All other plug-ins are sold separately at www.uaudio.com. All trademarks are property of their respective owners.
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Townsend Labs Warranty Information: 1 Year
Please note this information is provided for guidance only as manufacturer warranties may be updated from time to time
3 years warranty for VIP members
No. of Mics:
Cardioid,Omni-Directional,Figure of Eight