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Universal Audio Sphere DLX Modeling Microphone

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Universal Audio Sphere DLX Modeling Microphone
Key Features
  • General Studio Use, Vocals, Instruments
  • 38 Emulations of Classic Mics
  • Mono or Stereo with One Mic
  • Sphere 180 DLX Plug-In
The Universal Audio Sphere DLX Modeling Microphone combines a large-diaphragm condenser microphone with the Sphere 180 DLX plug-in to accurately model 38 of the most sought-after vintage microphones including Neumann, Telefunken, AKG, and more. The mic can be configured to operate either in mono or in stereo. 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.
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Universal Audio Sphere DLX Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Grab the Keys to the Ultimate Mic Locker
  • 3Sphere 180 DLX Mic Modeling Plug-In Optimized for the Apollo
  • 4Record in Stereo with One Mic
  • 5Polar-Pattern Modeling
  • 6Real-Time Processing with Low Latency
  • 7Optimize the Mic for Your Specific Acoustic Treatment
  • 8Built to Last a Lifetime
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The Universal Audio Sphere DLX Modeling Microphone combines a large-diaphragm condenser microphone with the Sphere 180 DLX plug-in to accurately model 38 of the most sought-after vintage microphones including Neumann, Telefunken, AKG, and more. The mic can be configured to operate either in mono or in stereo. 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 DLX 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 and featuring -10 and -20 dB pads, the mic can handle in excess of 140 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 7 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 180 DLX software. Note that the mic can also be used as a standard condenser mic (no modeling) with only one XLR mic preamp required.

Grab the Keys to the Ultimate Mic Locker
  • The Sphere plug-in gives you access to 38 of the most prized ribbon, condenser, and dynamic microphones ever made.
  • Get the sound of a classic 47 (with VF14 tube), 67, M49, C12, and 800 to name a few.
Sphere 180 DLX Mic Modeling Plug-In Optimized for the Apollo
  • The Sphere 180 DLX plug-in (free download available separately) allows the user to change the mic type and polar pattern even after tracking.
  • Pairing the software with the Apollo audio interface greatly simplifies the process of matching the two mic-preamps required for the plug-in to work.
  • Adjustable Proximity Effect: eliminates the need to move a microphone solely because of too little or too much bass due to proximity effect—great for punching in a vocal where distance from the mic varies from take to take.
  • Off-Axis Correction: create more accurate polar patterns to reduce bleed, room coloration, and susceptibility to feedback before or after tracking.
  • Sphere supports a wide range of plug-in formats, including UAD, AAX DSP, AAX Native, VST2, VST3, and Audio Units on Mac and Windows.
Record in Stereo with One Mic
  • Thanks to its dual-capsule design, the Sphere DLX lets you easily record piano, drums, strings, and more in stereo.
  • You can even use different mic models on the left and right channels for a more colorful stereo image.
  • Plus, you can blend the sound of two mono Sphere DLX mics using Dual Mode, and get classic-sounding mic recipes on snare drums and guitar cabs.
Polar-Pattern Modeling
The Polar control lets you adjust the pickup pattern of the mic model, with the additional advantage of being able to select intermediate polar patterns that the original mic did not have. For microphones with a single pattern, the pattern control is fixed to that pattern.

Available patterns:

  • Omni, Sub-Omni
  • Wide-Cardioid, Subcardioid, Cardioid
  • Supercardioid, Hypercardioid
  • Sub-8, Figure-8
Real-Time Processing with Low Latency
  • With Universal Audio Apollo interfaces (available separately), you can achieve extremely low latency (approx. 1.6ms round trip at 96 kHz) for seamless real-time performance.
  • The AAX DSP format allows for low-latency performance on Avid HDX systems.
Optimize the Mic for Your Specific Acoustic Treatment
  • The IsoSphere function in the Sphere 180 DLX plug-in optimizes how the Sphere DLX microphone works together with commonly available isolation devices—such as the sE Reflexion Filters, Aston Halo, Kaotica Eyeball, and even vocal booths.
  • IsoSphere enhances off-axis behavior for maximum rejection and modifies frequency response to compensate for unwanted coloration, leading to even better-sounding recordings.
Built to Last a Lifetime
  • With dual, gold-sputtered diaphragms, the Sphere DLX outfits your studio with a premium, large-diaphragm condenser microphone, precision-built to deliver years of inspiration for your recordings and music productions.
UPC: 819937003370

Universal Audio Sphere DLX Specs

Key Specs
Form Factor
Large Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Element Type
2x Condenser
Polar Pattern
Cardioid / Figure-8 / Hypercardioid / Omnidirectional / Subcardioid/Wide Cardioid
Frequency Range
20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL
140 dB SPL (1% THD, with Pad)
Analog Output
1x XLR 5-Pin Male (on Mic)
Power Sources
Phantom Power
Microphone
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
Element Type
2x 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
No
Performance
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
Connectivity
Analog Output
1x XLR 5-Pin Male (on Mic)
Cable Length
25' / 7.6 m
Power
Power Sources
Phantom Power
Operating Voltage
V ()
Physical
Mounting Thread Size
5/8"-27 Female
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"

Universal Audio Sphere DLX Reviews

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What is the power draw of this mic?

What is the power draw of this mic?
Asked by: Philipp
Like most large diaphragm condenser microphones, the Universal Audio Sphere DLX operates on 48v (at 5 mA).
Answered by: Calvin M
Date published: 2023-08-17
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