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Old 25th June 2019
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Townsend Labs announces Sphere 1.3 with AAX DSP Support

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Townsend Labs announces Sphere 1.3 with AAX DSP Support

Townsend Labs is proud to announce that AAX DSP support is included in version 1.3 of the Sphere plug-in—the software component in the award-winning and best-in-class Sphere L22 microphone modeling system. Ever since its initial introduction, the Sphere plug-in has been available for all major native plug-in formats, as well as on Universal Audio’s UAD-2, Apollo and Arrow platform. With the addition of AAX DSP support in Sphere 1.3, owners of Pro Tools HDX systems can now enjoy perfect integration of the Sphere microphone into their existing DSP-based workflow, and monitor the over 20 included microphone models with near-zero latency while recording.

Background
Since its debut in 2017, the Townsend Labs Sphere L22 has established itself as the best microphone modeling solution in the industry. Its pioneering multi-dimensional modeling technology and unique dual-channel design take microphone modeling far beyond merely mimicking the static on-axis response of the original microphones. The Sphere L22 captures the spatial in-room behavior of the original microphones, including transient response, harmonics, proximity effect, and three-dimensional polar response. The stunning accuracy is what has convinced users from home recordists to seasoned industry veterans, such as Joe Chiccarelli and Allen Sides, that Sphere is the future of microphones.

Sphere L22
The Sphere L22 system is comprised of a dedicated, dual-channel microphone and its software counterpart, the Sphere plug-in. The plug-in currently includes over 20 models of coveted microphones—a collection which would be worth more than a hundred thousand dollars if it was ever up for sale, and to which new microphone models are regularly added. The microphone can be used with any preamp and any digital interface, and the Sphere plug-in is available for all major native plug-in formats as well as on Universal Audio’s UAD-2, Apollo and Arrow platform.

Version 1.3
With version 1.3 of the Sphere plug-in, Townsend Labs adds support for AAX DSP, which means Pro Tools HDX owners can now use the microphone with near-zero latency in their existing workflow. This does not only make Sphere L22 an even more attractive choice for top-end music producers and high-end commercial studio facilities, but also for audio post and dialog recordists. As such, Sphere is the first and only microphone modeling system available for Pro Tools HDX.

Producer/engineer Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, Jason Mraz, The Strokes), a long time Sphere owner, explains:

“Working with Sphere as a native plug-in has been great and I’ve been a big supporter of the company from the beginning. Now it fits perfectly into my workflow with Pro Tools HDX at Sunset Sound.”

Erik Papp of Townsend Labs comments:
“The professional community—both in music and audio post—have been requesting an AAX DSP version of the Sphere plug-in. We’re proud we can now add it to the list of available formats. It's important to us that customers can incorporate Sphere L22 in their current workflow, whatever it may be.”

Price and availability
The Sphere plug-in is free of charge and available for download on Townsend Labs’ website. The Sphere L22 microphone can be purchased from most pro audio dealers worldwide, and is offered for $1499 US dollars excluding tax. Anyone interested in exploring the system is invited to download various sound examples recorded with Sphere L22 microphones and try the free, fully-featured Sphere plug-in on their system.

For more information: https://www.townsendlabs.com/aax-dsp
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Old 25th June 2019
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How much latency will it add? How many instances? With Townsend's background it'll probably have a third the latency of the standard SDK and be well optimized.
Old 25th June 2019
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How much latency will it add? How many instances? With Townsend's background it'll probably have a third the latency of the standard SDK and be well optimized.
The Sphere processing has a latency of 0.5ms. The HDX system adds 9 samples to that.

At 48kHz you can run 7 instances of the base Sphere plug-in and 3 instances at 96kHz. 192kHz is not supported for the HDX version.

Does that answer your questions?
Old 26th June 2019
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"and to which new microphone models are regularly added"
i was hoping that this announcement will be tha annual "regularly" annaouncment.
so any regularly is coming soon??
Old 26th June 2019
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"and to which new microphone models are regularly added"
i was hoping that this announcement will be tha annual "regularly" annaouncment.
so any regularly is coming soon??
Hi David,

We won't disappoint but we don't generally discuss upcomming plans.

Erik
Old 26th June 2019
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The Sphere processing has a latency of 0.5ms. The HDX system adds 9 samples to that.

At 48kHz you can run 7 instances of the base Sphere plug-in and 3 instances at 96kHz. 192kHz is not supported for the HDX version.

Does that answer your questions?
Great, thanks. Makes it practical. At 96kHz that's only about 1ms total round trip. At 44.1 it's almost exactly the same as "standard" AAX DSP plugins even including sphere's half ms.
Old 26th June 2019
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Great, thanks. Makes it practical. At 96kHz that's only about 1ms total round trip. At 44.1 it's almost exactly the same as "standard" AAX DSP plugins even including sphere's half ms.
Yup. To be exact, it's 0.6ms at 96k.
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Yup. To be exact, it's 0.6ms at 96k.
Wouldn't that be about 1.1ms round trip? HDX is .5ms at 96kHz measured in to out without plugins. 46 samples, IIRR.
46+9+48 = 103
103/96 = 1.07

That's nice latency.
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Wouldn't that be about 1.1ms round trip? HDX is .5ms at 96kHz measured in to out without plugins. 46 samples, IIRR.
46+9+48 = 103
103/96 = 1.07

That's nice latency.
Yes, with converter latency included that sounds about right.
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Hi David,

We won't disappoint but we don't generally discuss upcomming plans.

Erik

Glad to hear that, the Microphone is Great and in daily use, but i felt there is still ground to cover hope to hear from you soon.
Old 26th June 2019
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Glad to hear that, the Microphone is Great and in daily use, but i felt there is still ground to cover hope to hear from you soon.
Thanks for the feedback. I love to hear from happy customers.
Old 2nd September 2019
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Glad to hear that, the Microphone is Great and in daily use, but i felt there is still ground to cover hope to hear from you soon.
I’m sure there’s always more ground to cover, because there are so many dang microphones out there and new ones every month.

Townsend seems consistent in this pursuit. *Gosh, a Soyuz 017 model now? I’m was super surprised by this.

At the same time, my feeling is already, “Holy crap, do I actually NEED MORE microphones than the Townsend Sphere provides?”

Each Townsend user has access to over 30 different sounding mics, most of which (esp. the LDC’s) sound arguably the same as the originals they modeled BUT with significantly lower noise (7db A weighted), no clipping, and zero reliability issues like tubes becoming microphonic, capacitors going out, and subtle ground noises driving me crazy. *I once owned a tube mic that never sounded grounded to me, and it cost me $3,000!

I think the Townsend is an absolutely amazing system. Probably the only problem I’ve run into with it is that it IS so quiet, which just seems like such a paradox. The sounds I’ve enjoyed with vocals have just always come with a higher noise floor, and it can feel weird (but also super nice) to have the sound of mics I love without the associated noise. There is no other mic or system that has this ability, which to me, is a very unique, but often overlooked feature.

Have you ever wanted to stack multiple tracks of a C12 or U47 without having to go back and clean up all the noise?

I have.

And it’s one of the many reasons I enjoy using a mic that uses software for vocals... something I never thought I’d say in my life!

Last edited by YRLK; 2nd September 2019 at 10:47 AM..
Old 3rd September 2019
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And it’s one of the many reasons I enjoy using a mic that uses software for vocals... something I never thought I’d say in my life!
Thanks for the positive feedback!
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The German 563 and the Russian 017 are so awesome especially on vocals. THANK YOU so much!!!
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