They can emulate classic ribbon, condenser and dynamic studio microphones.
Universal Audio has introduced two new premium microphones, the flagship Sphere DLX and the compact Sphere LX, which can emulate classic ribbon, condenser and dynamic studio microphones. They would appeal to audio engineers as well as vocalists and instrumentalists. We recall that last year 2022 Universal Audio entered the world of microphones, presenting the SD-1, SP-1, Sphere L22 models and the Bock series of microphones (167, 187 and 251).
The Sphere DLX is the higher-end model and can emulate 38 classic ribbon, condenser and dynamic studio mics — including models from Neumann, Telefunken, AKG, Sony — up from the 34 models that last year’s LP22. The DLX can capture acoustic guitars and drums in stereo with just one microphone. In addition, the model can “easily tame studio coloration for cleaner, more professional recordings using IsoSphere presets tailored for small rooms and popular isolation filters.”
The Sphere LX is the more compact model that supports 20 models of ribbon, condenser and dynamic microphones. The microphone has dual gold-plated diaphragms and, according to the manufacturer, has the lowest noise of competing models in its class.
Universal Audio claims that both models allow you to “change the mic type, polarity and some other features, even after tracking with any interface, in any DAW.” They also have Apollo interface presets designed to help users quickly to achieve professional sounding audio with almost zero delay.
Each of the devices come with a carrying case, microphone stand and cable. A shock mount is also included in the Sphere DLX kit.
Both mics are relatively affordable compared to the premium equipment they emulate. At the very least, they provide more options for experienced podcasters, streamers, and musicians looking to improve their audio quality.