Lauten Audio has made two additions to its new line of microphones aimed at recordists, dubbed Series Black.
The LA-220 is a solid-state, large diaphragm true-condenser studio vocal microphone, while the LA-120 is a pair of professional, solid-state, small diaphragm FET instrument condensers.
Inspired by classic designs, both new models will start shipping in the US in August and internationally in October.
At its core the LA-220 features an ultra-low-noise JFET amplifier, a 1-inch pressure gradient, large diaphragm, and a true-condenser capsule with cardioid polar pattern. The new mic features independent 120 Hz low-cut and 12 kHz high-cut filters, a transformer balanced output, and includes a spider-style shock mount.
The LA-120 mic package comes as a pair, and features interchangeable 17mm pressure gradient condenser cardioid and omni-directional capsules, ultra-low-noise JFET amplifiers, 50 and 150Hz low-cut filters, 10 and 15kHz high-cut filters, and a transformer balanced output. This dual mic package ships with a wooden box and hard mounts.
"We are giving developing recordists two excellent new microphone options that complement each other, as well as the LA-320 vacuum tube condenser mic that is already available, also in the Series Black line," said Brian Loudenslager, founder of Lauten Audio. "Our unique high and low cut filters offered on these mics take into consideration common problems in home, basement or bedroom recording environments and make achieving great recording results easy for anyone."
Both models feature two independent filters located on the microphone with easy to engage switches. If the room or source is boomy, or if there is low-end rumble from outside noise, recordists can turn on the low-cut filter and eliminate much of the problem. The high-cut filter can be used to roll-off high frequencies helping tame bright sources.
The LA-220 has a manufacturer suggested retail price of $499 and an estimated street price of $249 while the LA-120 has a suggested retail price of $599 and an estimated street price of $349.