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Lauten Audio LA320 Tube Condenser

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by DonnyThompson, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    I've recently been hearing whispers of this in the wind from some fellow engineers - but no one I've talked with has actually had a chance to use it... has anyone here had a chance to use this mic?

    Priced at $499 ( new) , the LA320 is a cardioid tube condenser, featuring both HPF and LPF; it comes with an external power supply.


  2. pan60

    pan60 Active Member

    same here been hearing whispers but no one i know has actuly used one.
  3. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Wow, this mic sounds very accurate, versatile and smooth. I'm impressed. I've had past opportunities to use Lauten Audio mics, passed on them. I will not pass again.

    They all sound great. The Sax, Bass and Cello sounds especially sweet to me.

    On a side note... Does anyone know what headphone those are @ 1:24 with the singer?
  4. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    Man that thing sounds killer! There's a couple mics now that are finally not a compromise at the $500 price point. This one is very interesting!

    No clue what those headphones are.
  5. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    I've been checking this mic for a while. I'm in for a good all around vocal mic (in a near future) and the samples I heard were promessing.
    Thing is, I think there is just on place who carry them in Montreal and I don't know if I would be able to test it first...
    Anyway my next buy will probably be a Guitar Amp, so I need to refrain from busting my budget ! lol ;)
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  6. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    I know GC for instance won't let you return mics, due to a policy they have. Not sure if all places are like this but it's worth checking before you buy it, if you end up buying it. Maybe they have a demo model or something they could send you.

    What amp(s) are you considering??? JW
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  7. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    I'm tempted by a Vox.. possibly the AV60
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  8. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    Voxs are killer!
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  9. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    I'm just not sure about the new virtualisation models.. but I'm gonna try as many as I can before I buy ;)
  10. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    One place don't like dsp is in guitar amps. Johnson made an amp called the millennia back in the early 2000's that sounded authentic. Other than that I don't think the sound or the feel is right yet. I mean for playing out loud and or recording live amps, out through a speaker cab.

    Amp sims are cool for tracking and for recording into/on the computer.

    I played a couple of the re-issue vox ac 30's and bought they were nice. They have a moderate price tag. I was gonna scoop one up but I went w a peavey hi gain 6505 instead.
  11. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    That's not what I ment. Some of their actual hardware amp have virtual preamps and effects now a day.. It's the case of their VT line. ;)
  12. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    i would have agreed with you a few years ago but after i picked up a 50 watt VOX Valvetronics modeling amp i changed my mind. not only are the sims good but the feel of the amp back through the guitar is great. the only amp i ever had that was better was an old 50's Fender narrow panel tweed deluxe i had.
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  13. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    Hmm I'll have to try it out. As of yet I haven't tried it.
  14. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    Right I new wacha meant lol. I don't like solid state/hybrid amps in general. But Kurt approved so maybe the valveteonics is the exception.
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  15. rmburrow

    rmburrow Active Member

    What tube is used in that mic?
  16. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    I'm with you on that, @Kurt Foster.

    I have 2 Vox Valvetronics combos, and an AC30 piggyback 2x12 model to compare it to, [*see guitarded] and the Vox VT amps are VERY useable - sims, low voltage tube and all. Do they sound exactly like the AC30, tweeds, blackfaces, plexis, and triple rectifiers they're modeling? Who cares? It's irrelevant. The question should be, are they good tones? I'm not into shredder tone, so I'm looking for a good vintage tube clean-tone, a nice bluesy overdrive, and an extra-crunchy distortion that isn't over-saturated and mushy. The Valvetronics checks all those boxes very nicely. I especially like the tone of the 30w single 10" combo.
  17. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    This was all I could find - "Inside the LA-320 is a 1-inch pressure gradient true-condenser capsule and dual-triode vacuum tube inspired by what was used in classic German microphones".
  18. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    which could really be anything... LOL.

    Lauten has previously used 6J1's, 6J1B's, and 12AU7's in their other models... so it's possible that they've used one of these for the newer LA-320... but I can't say that for sure... just basing the list of possibles on their previous models.

    Classic mics used all kinds of different tubes in them... sometimes two exact mics could have different tubes in each.

    AKG C-12's could have 6072A's, (or not)... sometimes it was a 12AY7 ( or not, LOL)
    A Neumann U67 might have an EF86, or, maybe a 6267...

    I cleared that up nicely, didn't I? ( NOT)

  19. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    That's a good question. Might be worth an email to lauten. I'll drop them a line of I get a chance.

    I meant to clarify that I'm biased to high gain crunch (with clear note articulation) and shreddy sounds. So I base my personal opinions on that. The deisel Einstein being the best sounding amp I've heard/recorded in that vane. I played a real Marshal plexi which was phenomenal one time.

    Objectively there is a place for ss amps. I've gotten good sounds from the output of a digi tech pedal straight into the pa. The Roland jazz chorus is a longtime stalwart.

    They definitely don't have that 'thing' that a nice all tube amp has, but that 'thing' is all that's 'missing' otherwise ss amps sound good. I've had plenty of fun even on little $100 practice amps.

    Not that I doubt you guys, but for my money the ac15 reissue is a heck of a deal at 600 new they can be had around the 450ish range last time I checked a few years ago. I'm still curious to try the valveteonics.

    Many of the hi gain stuff isn't even recorded w tibe amps any more or at least not completely. A lot of guys are using the fractal axe efx and Kemper profiling amps which are all ic based.

    I think most tube amps are a one trick pony.
  20. Keith Johnson

    Keith Johnson Active Member

    According to the SOS review in the October edition it's a 12AX7 (ECC83)...
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