Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Country Vocals with the Oceanus from Lauten Audio

Lauten Audio's Oceanus is a large diaphragm tube condensor with a rich tone, perfect for male or female vocals. In this video demonstration, country singer GW Pierce sings an original composition.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer NAMM - Come see Lauten Audio in Nashville!

Come see Lauten Audio at the Summer NAMM show in Nashville, TN. We will be located in Booth# 1328 at the Nashville Convention Center.

Show Location & Hours

601 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37203

Thursday, July 21 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, July 22 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, July 23 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Oceanus captures female jazz vocals in a smooth and musical manner

From our friends at

The Lauten Audio Oceanus large diaphragm tube condensor microphone is one of the most versatile and unique sounding microphones on the market. In this performance, the Oceanus captures the female jazz vocals in a smooth and musical manner, while also adding subtle tube warmth. The physical design and circuit topology of the Oceanus provides incredible clarity and a superb ability to capture even the most minute details of any performance, completely free of any harsh artifacts. Contact the professional engineers and sales associates at Sound Pure with any further questions regarding this fantastic, versatile microphone from Lauten Audio. Special thanks to Adia Ledbetter for her performance.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Classical Trumpet and the Lauten Torch ST-221

Lauten Audio Torch ST-221 pair - a video demonstration from on how to record classical trumpet with XY, AB Spaced Pair, and Near, Far mic techniques with omni and cardioid capsules. As you can no doubt hear, the Torch pair from Lauten Audio does a wonderful job capturing the trumpet due to its fast transient response.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Mike Terry's tips on Micing Drum Kits

Mike Terry's tips on Micing Drum Kits

First thing first, drum kit preparation.

Drums are very often recorded first; recordings are frequently built piece by piece on top of the drum foundation, so it’s very important that the fundamentals are in place first.

Tune the drums, if this is something you can't do yourself, call someone in for it. This is done all the time, don't feel bad. If the heads need to be replaced, do it, not a time to skimp, get the appropriate heads for the style and get them tuned up.

If you have recorded in this room before and have already found the sweet spot, cool, move ahead. If not, try setting up the Kick and snare all around the room and just listen, you'll find the spot that work's the best. This way, when you do get the mics up, you will have something nice to listen to pretty quickly.

There are many techniques, approaches, even philosophies as to how to properly mic a drum kit, and without going into too much detail of these, work on getting the phase of the mics aligned properly to one another. This is a skill that that takes time and experience, but well worth it.

I start as minimally as possible and add mics as needed and as desired by the band and or Producer, if there is one. Some Producers like to have lots of mics, in order to provide lots of options later on, I'm indifferent on that one, so I'll keep sticking them up until I get lots of smiles.

My first step is to align the overheads with the kick and snare mics, once this is established all other mics can be referenced from these three points. Using the phase switch on your preamp, find the position where you lose low end the most. Move the mics until you have maximum loss of low end (out of phase), then switch the phase switch back the other way and now you will have maximum gain of low end (in phase). It is usually quicker and easier to hear the low end loss rather than the low end peak.

To get things started, I will put up a pair of Oceanus tube mics, set in Cardioid mode for the overheads. Getting a rough position, I will observe the 3 to 1 rule; 1 foot above the cymbals means I need to keep them 3 feet apart. I like to keep them as low as possible and try to maintain the snare drum as the center point; this will help keep the snare mic in phase with both overhead mics. I really like the Oceanus for overheads because it captures a nice balance of the overall kit, and can provide a lot of body to the drums, while keeping the cymbals nice and shimmery, if I later decide to use mics on each drum, it’s easy to go in and filter out low frequency from the overheads, letting them be more cymbal and air mics, which the Oceanus excels at.

Next I always add the snare mic, I want to get it nice and close, yet maintain phase with my overheads, the combination of direct snare and the sound of the snare in the overheads when properly set in phase is pure gold. The one mic I reach to first for this is always the Lauten Horizon, it can take the SPL and it is fat, warm, and almost always perfect once the phase is set. I will usually have to go into the room to raise or lower the overheads in order to fine tune the phase, typical movement is within 6-12" up or down, just move them around, find the low end loss on the snare and switch the phase again, and you should be good. Once the phase is set between the Overheads and the snare, you will not be moving them again. From this point, each additional mic added will be moved to gain phase alignment to the overheads and the snare.

Next comes the kick, this is often times a double mic situation, one for the inside to get the attack and punch, one for the outside to get the body and depth. I start from the outside, and then move inward. Do a little listening while sitting in front of the kick and have the drummer step on it a few times, find a good spot, 3-8" away from the head, and set the mic there. Again, I really like the low end capabilities of the Lauten Horizon, and because it can handle the SPL, it’s a great choice for outside kick mic. Go listen to this mic mixed with the overheads, listening in mono helps. With the phase switch on the kick preamp, find the low end loss, now move this mic forwards and backwards a little to find the point of maximum loss. Once found, flip the switch and now you are ready to move on to the inside mic, I like a Beta 52. Start by moving this mic in reference to the outside Kick mic, the Horizon, once these are locked in phase turn all the mics back on, pan your overheads, and you will have a nice full, well balanced drum sound.

If you choose to keep adding mics, such as close tom mics, reference them to the overheads and move them until locked in phase. If you're adding room mics, reference them to your kick and snare. It’s also a good idea to use gaffers tape to secure your mic stands down, once locked into place; this will insure consistency and eliminate the worry of somebody bumping them out of position.

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Who is Mike?
Mike is the ears behind Lauten Audio microphones. He has multiple Grammy nominations and has worked in some of the most sought after studios and with some of the most sought after clients in the world. His credits include Foo Fighters, The Eagles, Jessica Simpson, Eric Hutchinson and many more…

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Mike Levy -11:11 Studios owner, Musician and Lauten Audio Loyalist

A couple months ago I heard from one of our many owners. This owner was a little different however. Most recordists own one or two Lauten Audio microphones as well as many others which all help paint their sound pallet. Mike Levy also owns a number of models from other microphone manufacturers; however, he has discovered Lauten in a big way and now owns all of our models.

Mike’s discovery of Lauten was done on his own and prior to receiving an email from him thanking us for such great microphones, he had only communicated with one of our dealers. I called Mike to hear a little more about him and his studio and why he had chosen Lauten. Mike offered to write a brief history of himself and what led him to Lauten. What follows is a brief story of a musician turned studio owner; I'm sure a couple of you can relate. Thanks Mike for being one of our most loyal customers!

Mike Levy, 11:11 Studios owner, Producer, Engineer, Composer, Musician and Lauten Audio Loyalist

Being a performing musician came first to me for many years. I started gigging at 15, toured with Maynard Ferguson at 19, and have spent my entire life as a professional musician in the South, New York City, and now the Southwest. My life as an audio engineer started in the 1980’s creating my own music, bouncing tracks back and forth between two cassette recorders. I made the logical progression to 4 track cassette and then on to multi track open reel decks. In the mid 1990’s, I was in an alternative rock band when the ADAT came out. Since the band had financial backing, we were able to build our own recording space before everyone and their brother had a studio. With access to the studio, I began recording some of the other acts that I was playing with. My first client was a great singer/songwriter named Ansel Matthews. For the next several years, my live playing remained my main focus. When I relocated to Tucson, AZ, my passion for recording really took root. Within a short period, I’ve been fortunate enough to become a very in-demand producer/engineer in a great little town that breeds a lot of creativity without many of the stifling pressures of the bigger cities.

As an engineer, to say that I’m self-taught is selling my experience short. As a musician, I’ve spent countless hours on the other side of the glass which has given me an invaluable education about how to produce great recordings, from a technical and creative stance. I’m a “musician’s” producer and engineer. I’ve been micing instruments since I was 11 years old and making records since not much older than that! I now operate a successful project studio with a very classy analog front-end and a nicely stocked mic cabinet (see for more info).

While building up my space, 11:11 Studios, I took a fairly typical route. I started with what I could afford. As my client base grew, so did my appetite for a more varied sonic palette to work with. In addition to this, I needed the gear that people (in the know or otherwise) expect from a professional. I know we’ve all been asked by a prospective client, “Do you have a Neumann?” My U87 is a great mic and essential in order to answer yes to that question. I had a singer in the room looking into an AEA R84 ribbon mic ask me, “So, is this a Neumann U87?” So as time has gone on, I’ve grown my mic locker to include the above mics, plus some of AT’s nicer mics, Josephson, Sennheiser, Heil, and a varied assortment of others.

My intro to Lauten microphones came through a pair of Torches. I was working on a new solo CD from classical guitarist, Brad Richter. Brad is regularly featured on NPR’s Performance Today as well as being a past winner of the National Finger-picking Championship. He wanted to do some duets with a native flutist. I was using a pair a Josephson C42’s for the guitar and wanted another flavor for the flute. After reading nothing but positive comments about Lauten mics, I decided to give the Torch pair a try. Given their street price, it made taking a chance even easier. Soon after came overhead duties for a record with International Blues Challenge finalist Arthur Migliazza and the band The Clamdiggers. This is the moment I became a Lauten convert. A simple live recording with overheads, kick, and snare gave such a powerful sound to the drums. I was floored. The toms were thunderous and clear, and the cymbals cut without the harshness of many of today’s modern microphones. I love one of these paired with a ribbon for acoustic guitar.

Next came the Oceanus. I’m currently working with American Idol finalist Crystal Stark on her debut solo CD. During the demo process, I’ll usually throw up the U87 and forget about it. On a recent session, I had the Oceanus mic waiting for her. She immediately noticed the new mic. The size of the Oceanus makes it hard to not notice! She and I were both thrilled with the results. The Oceanus is rich and detailed and requires little to no EQ to sit right in a mix. It’s my new “go-to” for clean, present vocals that still have more character than a typical LDC.

Next to arrive was the Clarion. In its short tenure here at 11:11 Studios, it’s seen plenty of action for some vocalists and acoustic guitar. It excels in front of a loud guitar cab, too!

The final nail in the audio coffin, for me, is the Horizon. As I’ve mentioned to people already, up until now, I've plugged in my new Lauten mics and thought, "Man, this sounds great. I can't wait to try it out on a client or instrument, etc." The Horizon, on the other hand, I plugged in and put the headphones on, started a little track, started singing and thought, "This is MY microphone!" It sounds gorgeous! Of course I’m excited to try it out on other people, but I know that when it’s time for me to sing anything in the studio, the Horizon is coming out.

All in all, Lauten Audio is bringing a useful, musical set of quality tools within reach of today’s project studio. Each mic has a distinct character, yet they all share a warmth and presence that is usually associated with mics costing two to three times as much. When researching Lauten microphones, the comment that comes up again and again is that no one can understand why they don’t cost more. I guess this will have to be Brian’s secret. As an added bonus, they’re built like tanks. I imagine when the majority of today’s cheap imported mics are taking up space in landfills; the Lauten’s will still be going strong!

Mike Levy

Tucson, AZ

Friday, June 03, 2011

Now Shipping - Single Torch small diaphragm vacuum tube condenser microphone

Now Shipping

Single Torch small diaphragm vacuum tube condenser microphone

We’re excited to announce that we are now shipping a single version of our Torch small diaphragm vacuum tube condenser microphone. The ST-221s Torch includes our 15.25mm diaphragm cardioid and omni capsules, hard mount clip, shock mount, power supply and Gotham Audio tube microphone cable. The package lists for $999.00 with an estimated street price of $799.00

Our Torch microphones have received rave reviews around the world from end-users and industry journalists including making the “Best of Class” list for Upper Class Microphones in the German Professional Audio Musik and Equipment magazine.

For more information please visit and contact a dealer or distributor near you.

Dr. Charles Chen Ph.D. and Lauten Audio file for a new patent

Dr. Charles Chen Ph.D. and Lauten Audio file for a new patent
Invention allows for a balanced output directly from the condenser capsule

San Jose, CA — June 6, 2011 — Lauten Audio and Dr. Charles Chen Ph.D. filed for a new patent related to microphone capsule biasing. The invention relates to an innovative double-bias circuit for condenser microphone capsules that generates a balanced output directly from a condenser capsule without the need for a phase splitter or transformer in the circuit path.

“For the traditional single bias circuit, only one signal is retrieved
from the capsule. To generate two balanced signals from the single signal, the options are to use an output transformer, or a phase-splitter circuit in the case of a transformer-less design. The problem is these types of phase splitter circuits restrict the dynamic range allowed,” said Dr. Chen.

Dr. Chen’s double-bias invention allows for a balanced output directly from the condenser capsule, so no output transformer or phase-splitter stage is needed. Current splitter circuits result in distortion or clipping of the two output signals, negatively affecting the dynamic range. Chen’s new double bias circuit overcomes this shortcoming. Lauten Audio plans to implement the new invention into future models of condenser microphones.

Lauten Audio is located in San Jose California, for more information visit or call 1-877-721-7018.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mike Terry on Ambient Micing

Ambient micing can really help give an instrument or vocal space in a mix. Depending on how you prefer the particular part to sit in the mix, will give you an idea of which mic to choose, how to position it and how much to blend into the close mic, if you are using one.

Ambient micing can aide in placing an instrument in the 3 dimensional space of a mix, front to back. Usually when something is far away it is muffled, more dynamic, and less distinguishable, the closer it gets to you, the more detail it has, the ear will naturally begin to compress and the dynamics become less by perception. Using this line of thought, you can apply it to your ambient mics. If you want the part to seem far off, then place the mic far away, even down a long corridor with little to no compression. If you want the part to be just set back from the immediate front of the mix, try the mic backed off a little, use a little more compression, and pan it just opposite the direct mic, this approach can give nice balance and space.

Ribbon mics can be a nice choice for loud sources, such as, drums, electric guitar, etc... But for other sources a multi-pattern tube or condenser mic is a great choice. Try an Oceanus or Clarion in omni-directional, this will help you pick up the whole room and usually provide a nice balanced ambience that you can blend in to taste.

Now there are really no rules and a lot of fun and experimentation can be had. Once you get a feel for your room and how the placement of the mic or mics in the room can really change depending on the distance to walls, corners, and floors, try adding compression, EQ, or filtering, to get something that really works well for you.

Mike Terry
Lauten Audio

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Lauten Audio Oceanus LT-381 - Drum Overhead Demonstration and Review

Drum Overhead setup review and demo for the Lauten Audio Oceanus LT-381 microphone. This video was produced by and features a drum kit setup with the Torches, Horizons, and Oceanus in different spaces and positions.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Dr Chen on Pressure Gradient Capsule simulation for microphones – A Summary

Dr Charles Chen PhD provides a brief overview on capsule simulation and what we are doing here at Lauten Audio.

Condenser microphones consist mainly of two parts: capsule and preamp. For the preamp, there

is sophisticated commercial software, like PSpice, LTSpice, etc, which can be employed to study a preamp circuit before actually building it. The simulation results are quite close to the behavior of the actual circuits, because we know the mathematical formulas for all the components in the circuits: resistors, inductors, capacitors, diodes, transistors, etc. These formulas are the basis of all those circuit-simulation software’s.

Microphone designers have long hoped to have similar software to help them design condenser microphone capsules. But before we can have this highly demanded software, we need to know all the mathematical formulas describing the capsules. Physicists and mathematicians in acoustics started their research on developing mathematical formulas of condenser capsules half century ago. The first research article appeared in the Journal of Acoustical Society of America (JASA) in 1954. But the structure of the condenser capsules under study was very much simplified to allow a mathematical treatment. Since then, numerous papers published in JASA and more engineering-oriented JAES (Journal of the Audio Engineering Society). But all those mathematical models still contain too many simplifications about the structure of the capsules. For example, those models only study pressure condenser capsules, not pressure-gradient capsules and double-diaphragm capsules. Even for pressure capsules, they cannot describe the effect of the distribution of the holes on the back plate, and the thickness of the back chamber. So the power of those models in design-assistance is quite limited.

Here at Lauten Audio, we have developed and are still improving our own mathematical formulas and software which can simulate all kinds of condenser capsules. We can simulate how the thickness and tension of the diaphragm, the thickness of the air-film between the diaphragm and back-plate, the hole size and distribution on the back-plate, and the thickness of the back-chamber, the capsule shape, etc, effect the frequency responses and the polar patterns of the capsules. The simulated results provide us an excellent guide in developing our capsules.

In case you were wondering…

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lauten Audio Oceanus LT-381 Vacuum Tube Microphone - Acoustic Guitar Demo

Today, Sound Pure released its first in a serious of Lauten Audio microphone video demos. First up is the Oceanus tube microphone on acoustic guitar. Our hats off to the guys at Sound Pure for an excellent production!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Clarion FC-357 receives high-praises from Pro Audio Review

Lauten Audio Clarion FC-357 receives high-praises from Pro Audio Review in their second installment of the Large Diaphram Condenser microphone session trials!

Rob Tavaglione of PAR magazine just complete the gigantic task of testing 5 different LDC microphones on a variety of source material for the Pro Audio Review session trials.

Here are some of Rob's comments:

on Guitar Amp: "The Clarion was chosen for it's "pure amp" cleanliness and accuracy"

on Male Vocals: "We finally chose the Lauten Audio Clarion for its aforementionned cleanness and smoothness, but I specifically liked its midrange fullness, unfettered dynamics and lack of unwanted high-frequency disturbance (with no audible sibilance, spittiness or clickiness)
on Acoustic Instrument: The Clarion had the deepest bottom and best extension, the cleanest top end and the truest dynamics...