Townsend Labs Sphere L22


Three-dimensional Microphone Modelling System

  • For reproducing the sound behaviour of different microphones including transient reproduction, proximity effect and three-dimensional directional characteristics
  • Changing microphone type, directional characteristics and other properties is possible even after recording
  • Listen to the sound of different microphones
  • Reduce crosstalk, unwanted room colouration, and other common recording problems using Off-Axis Correction (TM)
  • Stereo recordings with a single microphone
  • Includes 2 capsule microphone and DSP plugin

Sphere L22 microphone:

  • Output impedance: 200 Ohm
  • Recommended load impedance: 1000 Ohm
  • Replacement noise level: 7 dB-A
  • Peak SPL: 140 dB (with activated -20 dB attenuation)
  • Attenuation options: -10 dB and -20 dB
  • Sensitivity: 22 mV/Pa
  • Connector: XLR-m (5-pin)
  • Requires phantom power: 44 - 52 V
  • Dimensions: 225 x 63 mm
  • Weight: 770 g
  • Includes breakout cable, microphone shock mount, microphone clip, carrying case and dust cover

Sphere DSP Plug-In:

  • Microphone Models LD-47, LD-49, LD-67, LD-87, LD-12, SD-451, RB-4038, DN-57, Sphere Linear
  • Supported plug-in formats UAD, AAX Native, VST2, VST3, Audio Units (Mac only)
  • Natively supported operating systems: (AAX, VST and AU) Mac OSX 10.8.5 and higher, Windows 7 and higher
  • Apollo interfaces and UAD-2 hardware (AAX, VST, AU and RTAS): Mac OSX 10.9.5 and higher, Windows 7 and higher, AAX DSP support for Pro Tools HDX
  • System requirements: 4 GB of RAM, 200 MB of free hard disk space, Internet connection, compatible plug-in host application (DAW software) with support for AAX, VST2, VST3, AU or UAD, two phantom power mic preamps
available since August 2017
Item number 402672
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Tube No
Switchable Polar Pattern No
Omnidirectional No
Cardioid Yes
Figure-8 No
Low Cut No
Pad No
shockmount included Yes
USB Microphone No
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One mic, many sounds

The Townsend Labs Sphere L22 replicates the most sought-after microphones with the help of two capsules for mono and stereo recording and a DSP plug-in. From the world-famous large-diaphragm Neumann U 87 to various small-diaphragm and ribbon mics to the SM57 plunger coil, it brings together everything that has any standing in the audio world. Another big plus is that the microphone type can also be selected during post-production. The sound can also be modified with numerous features such as a variable polar pattern, reflection filters, or off-axis correction. This sets the Sphere L22 apart from many of its competitors. The scope of delivery also includes a carrying case with breakout cable, a microphone shock mount, and a clip.

Reproduce over 20 microphones

With this two-channel FET condenser microphone, whose signals are sent from a five-pin XLR out via the adapter cable into two three-pin XLR inputs for recording, over 20 microphones can be reproduced thanks to the plug-in. The available selection ranges from the world-famous Neumann U 87 to the SM57, but it does not end there. In addition, the recording angle and the off-axis response can be varied. The microphone can handle a maximum of 142 dB SPL, with a latency of only 1.6 ms at 96 kHz. For operation, both microphone inputs or preamps must supply phantom power. Both Mac OSX (from version 10.8.5) and Windows (from version 7) operating systems are supported, as well as common plug-in formats. In addition, the Sphere L22 is compatible with Apollo interfaces and UAD-2 hardware such as sound cards.

Also for difficult acoustic conditions

With the Townsend Labs Sphere L22, both Windows and Mac users can enjoy renowned microphone sounds in a budget-friendly way. Studio operators will surprise their musicians with short recording sessions, as they only have to deal with microphone selection, transient behaviour, or the proximity effect in post-processing if required. Those who work at live concerts in noisy environments or in small studios under difficult acoustic conditions will benefit from popular features such as the sE Reflexion Filter, the Aston Halo, and the Kaotica Eyeball as well as a three-stage high-pass filter. For those who are just setting up a studio, the Sphere L22 allows you to record a complete band with different instruments one after the other.

About Townsend Labs

Townsend Labs was founded by two specialists whose expertise is reflected in the company’s products. One of them, Erik Papp, was CEO and owner of Summit Audio for over a decade, making him a renowned expert in high-end mic preamps and audio gear. Namesake Chris Townsend previously worked in programming for Pro Tools at Avid, where he developed plugins, was responsible for the development of the Eleven Guitar Amp Simulator, and created the Avid ReVibe Room Plugin. In 2017, Townsend Labs partnered with Universal Audio to ensure the best possible compatibility between the two manufacturers' products.

Recording session in your home studio

To record a band one member at a time with the Townsend Labs Sphere L22, first position it in front of the drums with the circle symbol in the main recording direction. In this way, the drums are taken care of with the Sphere 180 plug-in in XY stereo. Mono signals such as the electric bass should also be recorded with both capsules, so that subsequent changes such as a new polar pattern to reduce background noise are possible. For guitar, after clicking on the Dual button, different types of capsules can be assigned to the two channels in the software, like when recording with two different mics that can be mixed without phase shifting. For vocals, the microphone is selected individually so that it best suits the singing voice and the style.

36 Customer ratings

24 Reviews

The futur is here !!
Emmanuel Cambier 14.10.2021
Amazing quality microphone, sound great as is... but of course the real magic happens when you apply one of numerous fantastic sounding emulations !!

If I could only have one microphone, this would be my pick for certain !!


Kevin W Smith 09.02.2018
It's amazing what this mic system can do and it sounds excellent on everything I've tried. Without any emulation it's a really good microphone, and the emulations are legit. Ocean Way collection for UAD users offers even more options but "out of the box" it's fantastic. Excellent build quality, looks great, sounds great. This is the future of microphones. It doesn't come with mic preamps, but very flat and clean preamps aren't expensive anymore. You probably already have some (it needs 2).

Mine is paired with a UAD Apollo Twin Quad which lets me use different preamp sounds from their channel strips. My current favorite for this mic is the Neve 88RS, but without all that it sounds amazing on it's own; all the options and emulations in the Sphere plugin still work and sound great with just the interface mic preamps.


No words...!
NikosGr 10.04.2019
Just get it guys!


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Townsend Labs en post production Voix (Voiceover et voix off)
Pierre Julien 19.05.2020
1. Qualité de fabrication
Les plus : Très belle qualité, c'est du solide, à mon avis la meilleure qualité pour un micro dédié à la modélisation (Metal pour le corps, double membrane), petite éclairage interne, belle mallette.
Les moins : la suspension à élastique est efficace mais contrairement aux Neumann on doit la démonter pour une suspension tête en bas, La mousse de la mallette, très ferme, est calculée un peu juste pour les rangement, problèmes de préhension. Pour finir concernant les points négatifs, la diode lumineuse à l'intérieur de la grille n'est désactivable qu'en démontant le micro.
2.Le son
Très bon micro, les deux larges membranes encaissent et sont très transparentes (un pad physique est disponible). La polyvalence Modélisation/prise stéréo est très bien pensée. Une qualité qui n'a pas à rougir de la concurrence allemande.
3. La modélisation
Le logiciel de modélisation est très bien pensé, efficace, voir bluffant. Tous les micros essentiels et de référence sont présents. Un réglage de l'effet de proximité, de l'axe bouche/membrane et de la directivité sont modifiables en post production.
Contrairement aux autres micros de modélisation, Townsend prend en compte l'avant et l'arrière du micro (donc l'effet de pièce). La modélisation est très réaliste. j'ai comparé avec l'U87 d'origine, pas de différence notable.
Bref, super satisfait.


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