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Vanguard Audio Labs V4

The Vanguard V4 is a large-diaphragm multi-pattern FET condenser microphone. Lovingly crafted by experts over 2 years, the V4 is designed to be a versatile, reliable, professional recording tool that breaks the usual “bang-for-your-buck” curve. With their acclaimed edge-terminated ultra-thin custom-voiced capsule, a pad/rolloff option, primo cryogenically-treated componentry, and the best shockmount available , the V4 is made to be your go-to workhorse microphone at a price that won’t break the bank.

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£468.00 - (£390.00 ex VAT)

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Product Description

The Vanguard Audio Labs V4 was built with certain characteristics of classic FET microphones in mind, while also utilizing modern technology & design to meet the demands of today’s recording professionals. Their ultra-thin 3µm edge-terminated capsule diaphragms are extraordinarily sensitive, ensuring that every nuance and detail of the performance is faithfully captured.

A number of V44S users said that they loved the clean, full character of the V44S so much as an alternative to their V13 and V1 microphones, they wanted a “mono” version of the stereo V44S. The signal and power path of the V4 is identical to a single channel of the V44S, but there was space for an extra PCB and switch, they couldn’t resist adding a simple pad/roll off combo switch to the rear, as well as spacing the power conversion circuit as far as possible from the signal path.

After hundreds of hours of listening with world-class engineers in environments ranging from fully-equipped major studios to bootstrapped home setups, we can confidently say that this microphone will vastly exceed the performance of other microphones in its price range, and rival the performance of microphones costing several times more.

DESIGN
The Vanguard Audio Labs V4 is very different from other microphones in its price range. It is designed and precision-built in limited quantities to “no-compromise” standards, with final assembly and 100% testing taking place in Southern California. Vanguard feel that the sensitive nature of microphones requires high-standards, no-holds-barred testing to ensure that they’d be proud to use EVERY microphone that leaves the factory on their own records.

They started with an extra-large 34mm edge-terminated, gold-sputtered 3µm Mylar dual-capsule assembly and custom-voiced it with a proprietary hand-tuning process. The capsule is mounted in an open-weave head basket for a natural sound with low internal reflections.

They then designed a transformer-less solid-state circuit that matches the unique musical properties of the capsule and loaded it with premium-grade, over-spec components sourced from manufacturers around the world, including Germany, Japan, and the USA. They deep-cycle  cryogenically treat critical components in the signal & power paths, including an ultra-high-grade FET that is many times more expensive than the standard transistor you’ll find in most sub-£500 microphones. As one of the most critical components in the signal path, they tested several premium-grade transistors before choosing this particular model, and the results are significant & audible improvements in audio quality, headroom, distortion, and noise floor vs. standard-grade JFET transistors.

Aesthetically, the precision-machined brass body is coated with Vanguards signature Pinot Noir colour, finished with a deep, lustrous gloss, and accented by polished nickel trim and a precision-cast Vanguard badge. Your V4’s serial number is laser-engraved on the lower rear of the microphone.

QUALITY
Every part of the Vanguard V4 was designed to be robust and reliable. Wherever possible, components were over-spec’d. The deep-cycle cryogenic treatment improves the lifespan and performance of critical electronic components. Brass, steel, aluminium, and zinc are part of the heavy-duty construction. Every Vanguard microphone is backed by a FIVE-YEAR WARRANTY.

Every one of the microphones is run through a series of tests to ensure that they meet exacting standards, and so strongly feel that any pair of V4s will match each other close enough for any critical recording applications.

ACCESSORIES
Included with the V4 is a VLSM Heavy-Duty Shockmount. Vanguard wanted to rethink the standard “spider-style” shockmount of old so designed the VLSM with a few nifty features. First is the open front, which allows you to position the microphone as close to the source as necessary. Second, they installed aerospace-grade suspension rings that won’t break, sag, crack, or stretch over time. This shockmount was designed to fit any microphone with M22x1 threading, so can also use it with a number of microphones from other manufacturers.

  • Custom-voiced, edge-terminated 34mm dual-capsule assembly with 3µm gold-sputtered Mylar diaphragms
  • 3 selectable polar patterns – Cardioid, Figure-8, Omnidirectional -10dB/100Hz Rolloff
  • Electronically-balanced solid-state circuitry loaded with premium-grade components
  • Ultra-low-noise JFET design
  • Deep-cycle cryogenic treatment of critical signal & power path components
  • Transducer Type: Condenser
  • Capsule Size: 1.34″ / 34mm (dual-capsule)
  • Diaphragm Size: 1.04″ / 26.4mm
  • Capsule Diaphragms Thickness: 3µm
  • Electronics Type: Solid-state, electronically-balanced output
  • Output Impedance: 200Ω
  • Max SPL: appx. 135dB (145dB w/ Pad)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20000Hz
  • Equivalent Noise Level: <=14dBA (A-weighted)
  • Sensitivity: TBA
  • Output Connector: Male XLR 5-pin, gold-plated
  • High-Pass/Rolloff Switch: 120Hz (either/or with pad)
  • Attenuation/Pad Switch: -10dB (either/or with rolloff)
  • Finish: Polished nickel trim / High-gloss Pinot Noir
  • Weight (microphone): 0.83 lbs / 0.38 kg
  • Weight (in case): 5.63 lbs / 2.56 kg
  • Dimensions (microphone): 7.25″ long, 1.8″ diameter / 184mm long, 46mm diameter
  • Dimensions (case): 12″L x 11″W x 5.75″H / 305mmL x 280mmW x 146mmH
  • Voltage Requirement: Phantom Power (+48V ideal)
  • Custom-voiced, edge-terminated 34mm dual-capsule assembly with 3µm gold-sputtered Mylar diaphragms
  • 3 selectable polar patterns – Cardioid, Figure-8, Omnidirectional
  • -10dB/100Hz Rolloff
  • Electronically-balanced solid-state circuitry loaded with premium-grade components
  • Ultra-low-noise JFET design
  • Deep-cycle cryogenic treatment of critical signal & power path components
  • Heavy-duty brass, aluminum, steel, and zinc construction
  • Open-weave headbasket for low internal reflections and “open-air” voicing
  • Over-spec componentry
  • Deep-gloss Pinot Noir finish
  • Polished nickel trim
  • Precision-cast Vanguard badge
  • Final Assembly & 100% Quality Control in California, USA
  • 5-Year Warranty
  • VLSM Large Shockmount
  • Padded Pinewood Microphone Storage Box
  • Aluminium Carrying Case
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