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Townsend Labs Sphere L22

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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 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.

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.

Breakthrough Microphone Modeling Technology

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.

Sphere L22 Microphone

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.

Realtime UAD Processing

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.

Dual Mic Models

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.

Record In Stereo (With One Mic)

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.

Polar Meter

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.

Low Noise

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" (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® Core 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-47K
    • LD-49K
    • LD-67
    • LD-67 NOS
    • LD-251
    • LD-800
    • LD-87
    • LD-87 TK
    • LD-414 Brass
    • LD-414 Nylon
    • LD-414 US
    • LD-414 T2
    • SD-451
    • RB-4038
    • RB-77DX Satin
    • RB-77DX Umber
    • DN-57
    • DN-7
    • Sphere Linear

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.