Black Is Back
Family of Lauten Audio microphones gets V2 upgrade.
Lauten Audio announces the V2 release of its award-winning Series Black family of microphones, including the LA-120 transformer-less condenser, LA-220 FET condenser, and LA-320 Tube condenser microphones. Each microphone maintains its critically-acclaimed sound, through-hole circuitry, and custom-crafted Lauten Audio capsule while adding several customer-requested functional and aesthetic improvements.
All three microphones in the Series Black family now feature polished and engraved nickel head-baskets, while the LA-320 exterior has been completely redesigned — signalling its relationship to Lauten Audio’s flagship Eden LT-386 tube microphone. The smooth, silk-screened labelling found on the classic LA-120, LA-220, and LA-320 has been replaced by hand-filled lettering and now includes a hallmark Lauten Audio inset badge.
In addition to material and aesthetic improvements, the LA-220 and LA-320 microphones also gain a beautifully redesigned, open-face shock mount system that improves isolation, flexibility, and long-term reliability. The Lauten Audio Series Black family of microphones has received high praise from industry heavyweights like 10x Grammy-Award winner Darrell Thorp and Hit-making Producer Greg Wells and is prominently featured on new and notable records including Foo Fighters’ Medicine at Midnight and Snarky Puppy’s Empire Central, among others.
The LA-120 is a transformer-less condenser microphone with world-class transparency and sonic flexibility. This uniquely configurable design is equipped with analog sound-shaping onboard and includes interchangeable Cardioid and Omni capsules for added flexibility. Unlike traditional microphone designs that utilise a transformer to introduce colour and saturation, the LA-120 is built around a US-made JFET to capture the vibrance and character of a sound with unprecedented realism and authenticity.
The LA-220 is a two-tone FET microphone that allows users to choose between the warmth of a classic microphone and the clarity of a modern microphone at the flip of a switch. Traditional microphones were made for a signal chain that isn’t always accessible, so Lauten designed the LA-220 to sound great without. Centred around a custom-made Lauten Audio capsule and hand-soldered circuit path, our unique microphone design gives the musical colour and gentle compression associated with classic signal chains but straight into an audio interface.
The LA-320 is a twin-tone tube microphone that allows you to choose between the warmth and body of a vintage tube microphone, and the clarity and presence of a modern tube microphone at the flip of a switch. Classic tube microphones were made for a signal chain that users don’t usually have access to, so the LA-320 was designed to sound great without it. Centerer around a custom-made Lauten Audio capsule and hand-soldered tube circuit path, the company’s unique microphone design gives users the musical colour and gentle compression associated with classic signal chains but straight into an audio interface.
The new LA-120, LA-220, and LA-320 microphones begin shipping to Lauten Audio dealers and distributors worldwide in the first week of November 2022.