Source Distribution takes on Townsend Labs

Source Distribution has been appointed the official distributor in the UK and Ireland for Townsend Labs Inc, maker of the widely acclaimed Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System.

The Sphere aims to set a new gold-standard in microphone modelling technology, “delivering the real three-dimensional characteristics of the most sought-after microphones ever produced.” Through a proprietary linear-response microphone integrated with a software plug-in package, the user is able to alter fundamental characteristics of recordings, and do so after the recording has been completed. They can adjust microphone type, polar pattern, and many other microphone characterics after tracking, allowing for post-recording flexibility that the company says is impossible to achieve with any other microphone modelling system.

Sphere additionally allows for stereo recordings from one single microphone, and enables the user to reduce the influence of room characteristics on the final recording. Critically, Sphere incorporates authentic-sounding models of some of the most desirable and costly studio microphones ever made, from dynamic, to condenser and ribbon microphones, and imparts their unique characteristics into user recordings.

The high-precision, side-address, large-diaphragm condenser microphone was launched via an international crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and proved an overnight success, raising more than $100,000 in the first 24 hours.

Commenting on the appointment, Source Distribution brand manager Andy Bensley said: “The opportunity to be involved with a genuinely unique and forward-thinking product like the Sphere is something that comes around very rarely. With one microphone, you get access to results which otherwise could only be achieved with a prohibitively expensive vintage microphone locker.

"When you combine that with its ability to allow the user to adjust the microphone’s character, proximity effect and its rejection of extraneous noise even at the mix stage, you have a tool with wide-reaching benefits for musicians, post-production houses and broadcasters.

"We’re delighted to be distributing Townsend Labs and look forward to growing the brand in the UK and Ireland.”

The Sphere L22 Microphone Modeling System will become available from select dealers in the UK and Ireland in August.