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Townsend Labs Sphere L22 High Precision Dual Channel Microphone



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    Sphere L22 Free Software Update!

    The kind folks at Townsend have released some great software updates, free of charge. Details as follows:

    • Addition of AAX DSP support, giving Pro Tools HDX users perfect integration into existing DSP-based workflow.
    • 10 new Mic models available for free, including SD-416, DN-409N and LD-563.

    Click here to download the latest update!

    Product Description

    Here's what Townsend Labs say about the Sphere L22:

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

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    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.

    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. UAD and AAX DSP plug-in formats are included at no additional cost. Sphere also supports native AAX, VST and AU.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Key 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

    What's Included

    • Sphere L22 Microphone
    • 10 Foot (3 Meter) Breakout Cable
    • Shock Mount
    • Swivel Mount
    • Hard Carrying Case
    • Plush Dust Cover


    • 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
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    Customer Reviews


    6 reviews





    Mr Anas Alsayed25th May 2021

    hmm I'll not say much about this mic it is a great mic for sure but I cant say much till I test it for a long duration of time and use it in multiple projects but as a first impression ( I use it with Apollo x6 ) I was amazed with choices I've with this mic yes don't consider them as ( microphones choices and don't bother comparing an emulation to a real mic ) if you taking this as a replacement for 1 specific emulation as a complete replacement then this mic is not for you and I don't think there is any clone/ emulator microphone that is 100% same as the original it is close/ have its own color/ signature so just you'll have multiple colors to chose from post recording and you can always commit everything if you're having UAD interface also I cant forget that the direct microphone itself is a great as a first impression and the noise floor is amazingly good as a person who use multiple mics with multiple types/ patterns self noise/ and ability to maximize noise rejection by changing polar pattern or/and isosphere is a huge

    Value 5Looks 4Durability 4Sound 5

    Mr Taslim Mahamdallie28th Apr 2021

    amazing kit, better than the actual originals :-)

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    John Slavin26th Apr 2021

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    Mr COLIN BUTTON25th Apr 2021

    This mic is every bit as good as all the first class reviews online. The clarity and depth to the sound is stunning. Wow!

    Value 5Looks 4Durability 4Sound 5

    Mr Ian Hopton21st Apr 2021

    If you want a microphone look no further than the townsend labs sphere L22 this has changed my recoding completely you won't be disappointed.

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

    Tyrrell11th Feb 2021

    This is an expensive mic and not for amateurs but I reckon it's easily comparable with a U87 and with the included software offers many options for control over the sound like proximity and polar response - all post-recording. And this isn't even scratching the surface because you can choose to model many different microphones - a feat the L22 accomplishes very well. The included stereo lead is a little short but that's probably a good thing. It's pretty heavy too so don't be surprised if your boom mic stand isn't up to the challenge. Best of all, it lights up when powered. Very bling.

    Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

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