Anaheim, CA — NAMM — January 24, 2019 – Today at the Winter NAMM show, Lauten Audio announced two new microphones for its new “Synergy Series” with the unique LS-308 large diaphragm condenser instrument and voice microphone, and its first handheld vocal condenser mic, the LS-108. The new LS-308 mic features extreme levels of noise rejection and is specifically designed as a ‘problem solver’ tool for challenging recording situations when isolation is needed but difficult to achieve. The announcements come only months after shipping the Synergy Series LS-208 ($599.00 USD) front-address condenser microphone to dealers worldwide. The LS-108 and LS-308 microphones are both scheduled for release later in 2019. The LS-308 microphone has an estimated street price of $399.00 USD, while the LS-108 microphone’s price is to be announced.
Unique to the LS-308, and any large diaphragm condenser microphone in history, is its 270 degrees of side and rear off-axis rejection, reducing ambient sound from nearby sources by up to 25dB. This rejection is achieved because of Lauten Audio’s unique dual, large-diaphragm pressure gradient transducer element design, in combination with its specially designed circuit. This makes the LS-308 a very specific tool for recording engineers, perfect for multi-person close-proximity vocal dialogue in noisy broadcast environments, and rejection of other instruments, crowds, etc., in a live studio or on-stage recording and sound reinforcement applications.
“The LS-308 large diaphragm condenser microphone is a unique problem solver for recording engineers. Its noise rejection capabilities and tons of dynamic-range make achieving excellent recording results in extremely challenging recording environments possible. The LS-308 works exceptionally well when combined with another condenser mic so you can use most of the noise rejecting LS-308 and add in just what you need from an accompanying microphone without filling the track with all the other instruments in the room, “ says Lauten Audio founder Brian Loudenslager.
The LS-208 and LS-308 share several internal features. One, they can handle sound pressure levels of 135dB without the need for internal or external pre-attenuation. This unique design also allows for an ultra-wide dynamic range. Highly unique for microphones of this type is their capability to capture full human audio perception of 120db of dynamic range. Many microphones are limited to 85dB of dynamic range after compensating for self-noise. The high-dynamic range gives engineers the ability to capture brilliant recordings of highly dynamic instruments in many environments and is especially useful for capturing horns, percussion, and guitar amps.
Second, both mics feature Independent, multi-stage, high and low-cut filters to help engineers balance recordings at the microphone and aid in successfully capturing a performance and reducing the need for mixing. The 2-stage low-cut (50 and 120Hz) filters reduce low-end rumble and proximity effect in voice applications. The 2-stage high-cut (8 & 10kHz) filters help tame bright instruments and high frequencies. Third, they both feature internally shock mounted condenser elements to help reduce mechanical shock and vibrations.
The mics require 48V phantom power and feature a JFET transistor circuit with a transformer-based balanced output. The LS-208 features a cardioid polar pattern, where-as the LS-308 features a second-order cardioid pattern. Both microphones are constructed from high-quality components found in high-end studio condenser microphones, yet they are built and packaged to withstand the rigors of broadcast and touring.
Both microphones come very nicely equipped. The LS-308 features a detachable side mounted arm with 135 degrees of movement, a threaded hard mount with an adjustable elbow, and extra-large windscreen that covers its entire head. The LS-208 comes with detachable spider shock mount, and hard mount both with adjustable elbows, as well as a foam windscreen. Both the microphones and their accessories fit into included hard cases.
The LS-308 ‘problem solver’ microphone excels in difficult recording environments:
• When off-axis rejection is extremely important
• With highly dynamic instruments in noisy environments
• Close micing drums and guitars both in the studio and live on-stage
• Close-quarters in broadcast booths when off-axis rejection is essential
• Podcast and Voice-overs when off-axis rejection is needed
Key features of the new LS-308:
• 270 degrees of off-axis sound rejection
• Full 120dB (135dB total) of dynamic range without the need of additional attenuation
• Second-order cardioid pattern
• Independent 2-stage low and high-cut frequency switches
• Internally shock mounted pressure gradient condenser elements
• Swing-arm mount with 135 degrees of movement (removable)
For more information on the Lauten Audio LS-308 and the rest of the “Synergy Series” microphones visit: http://www.lautenaudio.com
About Lauten Audio
Lauten Audio microphones continue to carve out a unique niche for recordists seeking microphones with an original sound. Their product line includes their flagship “Eden” LT-386, the award-winning “Oceanus” LT-381 transformer-less hybrid tube-fet condenser, and the FC-387 “Atlantis” solid-state Multi-voicing® condenser from their Signature Series, and their entry-level “Series Black” large and small diaphragm microphones, The LA-320 tube microphone, LA-220 FET, and LA-120 pencil condensers. Lauten Audio microphones have received rave reviews from both experienced recording engineers and leading Pro Audio magazines around the world. Lauten Audio is located in Silicon Valley, California, for more information visit http://www.lautenaudio.com 1-877-721-7018.
About Focal Naim America
Focal Naim America (formerly Audio Plus Services) is a leading North American importer and distributor of premium consumer and professional electronics brands including Focal Professional, SPL of Germany, Lauten Audio, IsoAcoustics, Zaor Studio Furniture, Vicoustic, and EarSonics. Based in Montreal with U.S. shipping facilities in Champlain, NY, the company has sales personnel located throughout the United States and Canada to professionally service their active roster of more than 350 specialty A/V and Pro Audio dealers. The company specializes in products and services for the professional audio and performing musician markets, as well as the home theater and custom integration (CI) market – both residential and commercial – for North America.
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