Universal Audio Sphere LX Modeling Microphone

Universal Audio Sphere LX Modeling Microphone


Universal Audio Sphere LX Modeling Microphone.

The Universal Audio Sphere LX Modeling Microphone combines a large-diaphragm condenser microphone with the Sphere LX plug-in to accurately model 20 of the most sought-after vintage microphones, including Neumann, Telefunken, AKG, and more. Auditioning and switching between mics during a session can be tedious, but thanks to the plug-in, you can change mic type, polar pattern, reduce bleed, room coloration, and even adjust the proximity effect—either during or after tracking vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, stringed and wind instruments, percussion, room sound, and more.

The Sphere LX is a dual-capsule microphone with dual outputs, custom-designed to capture the three-dimensional soundfield with exacting detail—including the directional and distance information otherwise lost with a conventional single-channel microphone. Remarkably rugged, the mic can handle in excess of 145 dB SPL before clipping and won't be damaged by high SPLs or air blasts as some vintage microphones can be. It also has a self-noise level of 10 dB-A SPL, well below most vintage microphones and comparable to many of the best modern microphones. Two XLR mic preamp inputs are needed to operate the mic with the plug-in, as all mic-modeling and other advanced DSP features occur in the Sphere LX software. Note that the mic can also be used as a standard condenser mic (no modeling) with only one XLR mic preamp required.


Primary Applications Studio Recording
Form Factor Large Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound Sources Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Double Bass, Piano, Drums, Percussion, Overhead, Horns, Brass, Trumpet, Trombone, Woodwinds, Saxophone, Strings, Violin, Cello, Choir, Room Ambiance
Sound Field Mono, Stereo
Capsule 2 x Condenser
Diaphragm 1" / 25.4 mm
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Figure-8, Hypercardioid, Omnidirectional, Subcardioid/Wide Cardioid
Pattern Selection Continuously Variable
Orientation Side Address
Circuitry Solid-State
Pad -10 dB
-20 dB
High-Pass Filter None
Gain Adjustment None
Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL 140 dB SPL (1% THD, with Pad)
Impedance 200 Ohms
Load Impedance > 1000 Ohms
Sensitivity -33 dB at 1 kHz
Dynamic Range 133 dB
Output Connectors (Analog) 1 x XLR 5-Pin Male (on Mic)
Headphone Connector None
Cable Length 25' / 7.6 m
Operating Voltage 48 V (Phantom Power)
Operating Current Consumption 5 mA
Mounting Shockmount (Included)
Mounting Thread Size 5/8"-27 Female
Included Case Hard Case
Included Filters None
Dimensions ø: 2.5 x L: 8.9" / ø: 6.3 x L: 22.6 cm
Weight 1.7 lb / 0.8 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 8.74 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.4 x 13.4 x 7.1"