Townsend Labs Sphere 3D mic launch ‘a runaway success’

The Sphere L22 microphone, unveiled by Townsend Labs as their debut product in early August, has received an ‘outstanding reception’, the manufacturer says.

The new side-address, large-diaphragm condenser microphone was launched via an international crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and raised more than $100,000 in the first 24 hours. By the close of the campaign support totalled $317,023 – 789% of the target – with 281 backers from around the world opting to snap up one of the new systems.

Designed to be accurate and flexible, Sphere ‘sets new standards in microphone modelling technology, delivering the real three-dimensional characteristics of the most sought-after microphones ever produced,’ according to the company.

Townsend goes on to say that ‘when combined with the included Sphere DSP plug-in, it emerges as the most comprehensive microphone modelling solution available to date, with a palette of eight classic mics (at time of introduction), and the ability to change polar pattern and proximity control even after tracking.’

Responding to the result of the launch, Sphere’s creators Chris Townsend and Erik Papp have expressed “a huge debt of gratitude to all of our backers and everyone that supported us through the campaign. We have already started on production and are moving to deliver Sphere as soon as we can.”