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    Ok, so you folks do know that all (at least the ones I know of) multi-pattern condensers get their "multipatterness" by using 2 diaphragms.

    Looks like what they do here is actually record each one separately, meaning that by varying the mix between the two you can effectively adjust the pattern AFTER recording -- very cool.

    As far as emulation, it's going to take a very high quality capsule and some very clever DSP, so I'm thinkin' the price has to be well north of $1000.00, possibly a lot more.

    If it works as well as they say, it still may be a bargain.

    Anticipation......
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    On the one hand this looks really cool and incredibly useful. On the other hand it's just one more thing that i'd potentially have to fiddle with and may ultimately waste more time than it's worth. Would probably be a huge timesaver for mobile recording though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Townsend View Post
    VF-14, of course (and that's two of them per mic)
    Woah!!! Could you share some information about the transformers and capsules?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Hepworth View Post
    DSP is referring to the plugin (digital signal processing). Unison relates to mic preamps. The Sphere system can certainly be used with Unison preamps (I quite like the 1073 sans EQ) with it.
    Very interesting...and a bit strange!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoenerbr View Post
    IDK I think we may get lucky and the price point would be way less than Slates. Slates has its own Mic Pre as well as a Mic plus software. With this one just a Mic and software. If they want this thing to really take off, I would say somewhere in the $500-$600 price range would really do well.
    If they're using VF-14 tubes, I'm assuming they're using high quality, expensive components across the board, in which case $500 might actually be in the range of their build cost. I would be surprised if this isn't priced similarly to the Slate, if not more.

    Quote Originally Posted by sjgam View Post
    Long winded way to say what is the quality/engineering (third party manufacturer?) of the mic itself - does it sound good on its own -what is its "hardware" sound - very clean to allow character at the plugin level?
    The VF-14 tubes and the tagline "unlock the real 3D sounds of the finest microphones in recording history" lead me to believe the mic itself will have a strong character, which would make this a lot more appealing to me. Quite frankly, it only has to do a few mics (U47, C12, ELAM 251) really, really well to make it be worth $2,000 or more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Dahlberg View Post
    If they're using VF-14 tubes, I'm assuming they're using high quality, expensive components across the board, in which case $500 might actually be in the range of their build cost. I would be surprised if this isn't priced similarly to the Slate, if not more.

    The VF-14 tubes and the tagline "unlock the real 3D sounds of the finest microphones in recording history" lead me to believe the mic itself will have a strong character, which would make this a lot more appealing to me. Quite frankly, it only has to do a few mics (U47, C12, ELAM 251) really, really well to make it be worth $2,000 or more.

    Nah.... I'm sure Chris was kidding about this, you couldn't even physically fit 4 VF14's in that mic body -- and the cost of 4 VF14 M's -- don't even go there

    Since they need to separately amplify the 2 diaphragms, it's more likely a twin triode (e.g. 12at7) if they're even using tubes, FET seems more likely.
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    I'm sure it's an 87. No one has been able to come even close to the good stuff (67, 47, etc) building actual microphones, LOL!

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    Cool, go to the above link, check out blog tech talk -- they use an ic for amplification.

    Also check out support user guide.
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    First off, I was 100% kidding about the VF-14 tubes. The mic is actually all solid state.

    Regarding some of the not so well hidden content you found on the site, I turned more of that off so the links posted here will just take you to the home page. But all will be revealed soon enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daviskenn View Post
    Ummm...I would imagine we're looking at $1500 here.
    Like I said in #35, I thought it was a plugin only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Townsend View Post
    First off, I was 100% kidding about the VF-14 tubes. The mic is actually all solid state.

    Regarding some of the not so well hidden content you found on the site, I turned more of that off so the links posted here will just take you to the home page. But all will be revealed soon enough.
    Best new product I've seen in years, wishing you the best of luck !!

    From the mic photo I'd say: reminiscent of David Bock's style of quality, very well done !
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