Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System

Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System

Product code: towspherel22

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.


  • 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.

    Main Features

    • 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
    • Plug-in compatible with UAD Apollo, VST2, VST3, AU, AAX Native
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    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.

    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 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

    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.

    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.


    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
    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.

    Current Microphone Models
    LD-47
    LD-49
    LD-67
    LD-87
    LD-12
    LD-251
    LD-800
    SD-451
    RB-4038
    DN-57
    Sphere Linear

    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.



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  • Additional Information

    Brand Townsend Labs
    Condition New