Lauten Audio has announced the LS-208 microphone, aimed at the needs of live recording for spoken voice in broadcast, live sound reinforcement, and in the studio.
First in the company’s new Synergy Series line, the LS-208 is a front-address, high dynamic range, large diaphragm condenser microphone designed for recording voice in podcasting, radio and broadcast, and live instruments on stage for touring productions-as well as many studio recording environments.
The LS-208 is constructed from components found in many studio condenser microphones, yet it’s built and packaged to withstand the rigors of broadcast and touring. The LS-208 has a street price of $599.00 USD and is available now from dealers in the US and Canada through its distributor Audio Plus Services.
“Unlike any large diaphragm condenser microphones on the market today, the LS-208 offers radio broadcasters, voiceover talent, podcasters, and sound reinforcement engineers, studio-quality sound combined with exceptional noise rejection and dynamic-range capabilities for excellent results in any live environment,” says Lauten Audio founder Brian Loudenslager.
With the LS-208’s off-axis rejection and internally shock-mounted condenser element, it is also particularly well suited for recording voices and instruments in dynamic environments such as live on-stage, or in a studio live-room when many instruments are being recorded at once.
The LS-208 can handle sound pressure levels of 135dB without the need for internal or external pre-attenuation. The LS-208’s ability to capture the full human audio perception of 120dB of dynamic range is especially useful for capturing horns, percussion, and guitar amps.
The LS-208 features independent, multi-stage, high and low-cut filters to help engineers balance recordings at the microphone and aid in successfully capturing a performance while 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. The LS-208 features internally shock mounted condenser elements to help reduce mechanical shock and vibrations. The mic requires 48V phantom power, uses a cardioid polar pattern, and features a JFET transistor circuit with a transformer-based balanced output.
The Lauten Audio LS-208 microphone comes equipped with a detachable spider shock mount, as well as a hard mount, both with adjustable elbows, and a foam windscreen. The microphone and all its accessories fit into the included hard case, perfect for touring.