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Townsend Labs Sphere L22 v1.4 Expanded WiN FREE screenshot
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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, 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.

Overview

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 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.

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.

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.

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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  Resident 5.12.2012 758 16096
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  Member 18.10.2016 7 129
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Hmm, interesting.. Thank you!
  Member 19.03.2015 26
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What means expanded? It's just the 1.4 version.
  Resident 17.01.2012 11 533
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Sphere Expanded - Townsend Labs Releases Sphere 1.4 Update Adding Ten New Mics
- Release date: August 6, 2019
  Resident 12.10.2018 301
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I see this is $1500. Is the L22 mic required?

edit: I would assume so as the plug would need a starting point upon which to apply the additional DSP to emulate the different mics.
  Member 2.03.2019 47
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Yeah I definitely was under the impression this required their specific mic to work, as it needs the dual channels to model the off axis and polar pattern stuff.

Can anyone confirm this works?

Although, I wouldn't be surprised if it does work as Slate Digital's mic modeling works without the mic...
  Resident 17.01.2012 11 533
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It can work with any mic, but true modeling (as much as it can be) is with Sphere L22 mic.
I own 2 UAD Apollo interfaces so it would be best match - UAD Unison technology + Townsend Labs but I'm still holding to my mic collection.
I have tested it in a friend's studio and I must admit it does sound great. Not sure if I'm going to pull the trigger and buy L22 for myself yet
  Member 2.03.2019 47
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the Comment has been Removed
  Resident 20.11.2010 978
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Why is stereo only?
  Resident 17.02.2009 823
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Watch the video
Touch The Wires : I Dare You
  Resident 10.01.2013 401
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you need the mic for this....
Opinions are like mixtapes, i dont want to hear yours.
  Resident 20.11.2010 978
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If you got a flat mic it will work, I will try a calibration mic Behringer.
  Member 2.03.2019 47
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Awesome, I just bought the ml-1 when it was $300 off about a month ago, now I can have the best of both worlds
  Resident 29.05.2011 1 351
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if you use dual output mic with a k67 capsule from 797 audio and apply this kind of eq curve before the plugin you get the Sphere mic for cheap.


EQ Curve
  Member 1.07.2020 1
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This is an excellent sounding plug-in and easily use-able with a decent single output microphone:

1. Create a stereo track and two mono tracks. Using the one mono track as your input track for your microphone (this will emulate the Townsend "front" capsule), create a send to the 2nd mono track at around -15db (this one emulates the back signal). On this second mono channel invert the phase (180 degrees).

2. Now, output your main mic signal from step 1 to the Left input of the stereo track and the second (-15db, phase inverted) one's output to the Right. Insert the Townsend plug on this stereo track now and enjoy.

Faking it this way it's obviously better to leave the plug-in in or near Cardoid pattern, but playing around may give you some interesting sounds.

Also, unless you have the Townsend L22, these will only be flavours, but it can be very useful and gives you a good idea of what the system can do. Please support Townsend they do amazing work! The system is totally worth the asking price, only slightly more than a cardiod only Neumann TLM 103 mic! Bargain :)

For even better results, download some samples from Townsend's site, split the stereo track to mono, and EQ match the back capsule signal (right) to the front capsule (left). Apply this compensating EQ on the second mono track (the "back capsule") above. Also, add a bit of short reflection reverb (I use T-Racks Sunset Sound Studio Reverb - Iso Booth - Studio 1 - Dry 0db, wet -11.5db). This will give a more realistic "back capsule" sound to the Townsend plug-in, for better results.
  Member 3.03.2020 34
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quote by Peter NestThis is an excellent sounding plug-in and easily use-able with a decent single output microphone:

1. Create a stereo track and two mono tracks. Using the one mono track as your input track for your microphone (this will emulate the Townsend "front" capsule), create a send to the 2nd mono track at around -15db (this one emulates the back signal). On this second mono channel invert the phase (180 degrees).

2. Now, output your main mic signal from step 1 to the Left input of the stereo track and the second (-15db, phase inverted) one's output to the Right. Insert the Townsend plug on this stereo track now and enjoy.

Faking it this way it's obviously better to leave the plug-in in or near Cardoid pattern, but playing around may give you some interesting sounds.

Also, unless you have the Townsend L22, these will only be flavours, but it can be very useful and gives you a good idea of what the system can do. Please support Townsend they do amazing work! The system is totally worth the asking price, only slightly more than a cardiod only Neumann TLM 103 mic! Bargain :)

For even better results, download some samples from Townsend's site, split the stereo track to mono, and EQ match the back capsule signal (right) to the front capsule (left). Apply this compensating EQ on the second mono track (the "back capsule") above. Also, add a bit of short reflection reverb (I use T-Racks Sunset Sound Studio Reverb - Iso Booth - Studio 1 - Dry 0db, wet -11.5db). This will give a more realistic "back capsule" sound to the Townsend plug-in, for better results.



could u please make a video or refer to a video explaining the technique of yours
I'm here , That's more than enough !!
  Resident 26.09.2012 3 1371
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this thing is awesome for mixing as well, so many opportunities. i like what it does narrowing down the stereo image of a drum machine making it punchier in the middle. one of the best plugins i've seen in 2020. thanks again!
  Resident 5.12.2013 44
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Cannot complain since i own one. i sometimes go back to my locker but end up using the L22. i do keep the sm7b connected all the time for my zoom meetings and i like it on my hooks. Yes there is one in sphere, but for writing purpose the sm7 is always ready for use. Love the sphere technology.
  Member 5.01.2014 1 311
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i'M CONFUSED ........ you can create a send to a bus or fx but how do you create a send to another track? I can't do it in S1 or Cubase. Would someone be kind enough to steer me in the right direction on Peter's instruction. I'd love to get this right.

Most grateful for any help. I'm usually not as dumb as I think I am.

Mal
  Resident 26.09.2012 3 1371
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no need to go fancy. just put it on normal tracks and call it a day
  Resident 19.01.2014 115
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Send the 2 mono tracks (panned full left/right) to a Buss track.

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