Thursday, May 28, 2009


Industry veteran Andy Waterman chose Clarions after months of research and product demos

Los Angeles, CA (May 28, 2009) – Industry veteran Andy Waterman recently acquired a pair of Lauten Audio Clarion microphones for Umbrella Media Inc studios. After an extensive search for the right pair of microphones to meet his niche requirements within the Production and Recording studio industry, Waterman chose the Clarions for their unique characteristics.

“I have been a working music producer, mixer, recording engineer and musician for over 30 years. I feel like I’ve used literally every microphone ever made at some time or another in studios all over the world,” says Waterman, owner of Umbrella Media Inc. Waterman spent several months auditioning and demoing various microphones in search of the perfect addition to his multi-room facility. “Of course, I have immense respect for the masters of microphone technology of earlier eras, but Lauten Audio’s products are perfecting this legacy and refining the art form in significant ways."

Lauten Audio began shipping the Clarions in October of 2008. “When we first started the sound design on the Clarion I felt it was our biggest challenge. We wanted to create a unique sounding microphone that went against the current trend of FET large diaphragm condenser microphones,” says Brian Loudenslager, founder of Lauten Audio. “The Clarion features unique characteristics like a +10dB gain switch in addition to a -10dB Pad, a uniquely tuned frequency response and even its own custom-designed windscreen that can be used in place of a pop-filter."

“We specialize in music production and scoring including acoustic music, jazz, orchestral recording and vocal ensembles,” says Waterman. Waterman described how he recently used the mics on a very quiet ethnic music scoring session where the Clarion’s unique +10 gain option really brought a collection of Southeast Asian wooden percussion instruments to life.

“There is nothing out there that sounds like a Clarion, and it’s really rewarding to hear feedback from professionals like Andy Waterman who truly understand what we are doing,” says Loudenslager. “Andy and Umbrella Media have carved a niche within the industry, and Lauten Audio is doing the same. We are both offering something unique that no one else can touch.”

“The Clarion is clear and spectrally balanced with nice hi-end sheen and has spectacular low self noise. One additional attribute I really appreciate is the mic does not add sibilance to women singers which is really important in my work. Lauten is a brand that will win many converts in the future,” adds Waterman.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mix Review of the Lauten Audio Oceanus LT-381 Tube Condenser

Mini Review: Lauten Audio Oceanus LT-381 Tube Condenser

Great Sounding Dual Valve Mic with Nine Polar Patterns

Lauten Audio's Oceanus tube condenser microphone makes an immediate bold statement by virtue of its hefty size (3.5x7.5x3.6-inches; 5 pounds), innovative design and great sound. Oceanus uses two tubes—a military/scientific grade pentode NOS 6J1 (6AK5W) wired as a triode for the capsule amp and a 12AU7 (dual) triode output stage. The mic's internal construction is good: a circuit board is hand-wired to two tubes encased, side by side, in an aluminum heat sink that makes up the back half of the mic's body. Read more.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Voice Over Samples Update

We added Greg Phelps voice samples using our Oceanus, Clarion and Horizon microphones through the new Benchmark MPA1 preamplifier.

Just another flavor of empowering goodness for you to hear. Don't forget you can also hear these mics through the Summit Audio 2ba-221 and their very exciting new ECS-410 Everest, as well as the Great River ME-1NV

Each of the microphone and preamp combinations offer a very different sonic palette.


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Tuesday, May 05, 2009


Lauten Audio, a high-end microphone maker, has announced a new distribution agreement with Japan-based Media Integration, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Media Integration, Inc. will serve as the sole distributor in Japan for the Santa Clara, California-based company’s entire microphone line.

“We focus on establishing a brand name for our products and not just selling," adds Mr. Tamura. "We are really excited about the potential that Lauten mics have in Japan. With Lauten Audio microphones, you can have material as fresh as Japanese Sashimi (raw seafood)!”

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