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Vanguard Audio Labs V44S

The Vanguard V44S is a stereo, large-diaphragm, mutli-pattern FET condenser microphone. The V44S is crafted by experts and designed with the character of a classic stereo microphone, while utilizing modern technologies to meet the demand of today’s recording professionals. With a pair of coincident twin custom-voiced multi-pattern capsules, you can utilize X/Y, Mid-Side, Blumlein, and other less conventional stereo microphone techniques in a single microphone. 

The splitter box included with the V44S contains an additional phase-reversed top capsule output, which is perfect for less-than-ideal recording conditions such as concert taping. This allows mid-side recording with no additional mixer patching.

“The V44S is stunning. They’ve really though about this, just like the V13 before it. Incredible value for what is a beautifully crafted, really thought-about stereo microphone.  What is there not to love? A beautiful piece of engineering, and one that I do not want to send back (but I shall be getting another one…that’s how much I like this thing.)”

James Ivey, Pro Tools Expert 

Vanguard Audio Labs
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£848.40 - (£707.00 ex VAT)

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Product Description

The Vanguard Audio Labs V44S is a stereo, large-diaphragm, multi-pattern FET condenser microphone, designed by a team of experts with more than 65 years of experience and vetted by award-winning engineers and producers. . The V44S maintains the character of a classic stereo microphone while utilizing modern technologies to meet the demand of today’s recording professionals. With a pair of coincident twin custom-voiced multi-pattern capsules, you can utilize X/Y, Mid-Side, Blumlein, and other less conventional stereo microphone techniques in a single microphone.

The splitter box included with the V44S contains an additional phase-reversed top capsule output, which is perfect for less-than-ideal recording conditions such as concert taping. This allows mid-side recording with no additional mixer patching.

Design
One of the biggest frustrations from users of stereo microphones is the flaws of current and past head basket rotation assemblies. Too often, the current designs are fragile and prone to noisy operation, breakage, and signal loss. Vanguard designed a heavy-duty, punched-steel rotation mechanism which detents every 15 degrees for reliable, durable operation.

Aesthetically, the precision-machined brass body is coated with Vanguard’s signature Pinot Noir, finished with a deep, lustrous gloss, and accented by polished nickel trim and a precision-cast Vanguard badge. Your V44S’s serial number is laser-engraved on the lower rear of the microphone.


Quality
Vanguard as a company performs a 100% quality control – Ensuring that every piece of the microphone kit undergoes a series of stringent audio and visual tests before being distributed.

Every part of the Vanguard Audio Labs V44S has been intricately designed to ensure it’s robust and reliable; using over-specced components wherever possible to ensure the highest of quality. The deep-cycle cryogenic treatment process involved with each vanguard microphone improves the lifespan and performance of the critical electronic components and each microphone has a 5 YEAR WARRANTY.

 

“This stereo microphone is characterized by a very neutral image, clean open mids, defined, firm depths and a very physical, catchy sound. If anything, there is only a minimal tendency to warmth and a strong presence (in the sense of signal presence)…The acoustic guitar and the violin were very vividly and naturally reproduced, so that you can imagine the V44S as a natural-sounding main microphone very well… The V44S is very honest…A real catch!”

Fritz Fey, Studio Magazine

  • Twin custom-voiced, edge-terminated 34mm dual-capsule assembly with 3µm gold-sputtered Mylar diaphragms
  • 3 independently selectable polar patterns per capsule
  • 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
  • 90º rotatable top capsule with 15º detents
  • Versatile splitter box for mobile & live recording conditions
  • Heavy-duty brass, aluminum, steel, and zinc construction
  • Robust punched-steel capsule rotation mechanism
  • Open-weave headbasket for low internal reflections and “open-air” voicing
  • Each V44S comes with its own laser-engraved serial number
  • 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
  • V44S Splitter Box
  • 5-Pin Heavy-Duty Microphone Cable
  • Removable windscreen
  • Padded Pinewood Microphone Storage Box
  • Locking Aluminum Carrying Case
  • 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
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20000Hz
  • Equivalent Noise Level: <=14dBA (A-weighted)
  • S/N Ratio: >=80dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)
  • Sensitivity: TBA
  • Output Connector: Male XLR 5-pin, gold-plated
  • High-Pass/Rolloff Switch: N/A
  • Attenuation/Pad Switch: N/A
  • Finish: Polished nickel trim / High-gloss Pinot Noir
  • Weight (microphone): 1.11 lbs / 0.50kg
  • Weight (in case): 9.43 lbs / 4.28kg
  • Dimensions (microphone): 9.41″ long, 1.82″ max diameter / 239mm long, 46.25mm max diameter
  • Dimensions (case): 16.92″L x 12.60″W x 6.02″H / 430mmL x 320mmW x 153mm
  • Voltage Requirement: Phantom Power (+48V)
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