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Review – Vanguard Audio Labs V44S Stereo Condenser Microphone

Vanguard Audio Labs V44S Stereo Condenser Microphone

Review – Vanguard Audio Labs V44S Stereo Condenser Microphone

In this video review for Pro Tools Expert, popular and influential pro audio web service, Technical Editor James Ivey takes a look at the Vanguard Audio Labs V44S Stereo Condenser Microphone.
James starts by using the V44S for his voiceover, which has to be said is not a normal use for a stereo mic but by moving around the mic James demonstrates how easy it is to set up the V44S for Mid-Side (M/S) and Blumlein recording with both Figure-of-8 and Omni pick-up patterns.

James then goes on to demonstrate how he has been using the V44S for room mics when recording a string quartet and full-on rock drums.

The Vanguard Audio Labs V44S in James’ description:

“The V44S is a stereo large-diaphragm triple pattern FET condenser microphone that the team at Vanguard have lovingly crafted over 2 years. V44S is designed to be a versatile and reliable, tool following in the footsteps of the highly sought after vintage stereo condensers that you can neither find nor afford in 2017.

With its pair of coincident twin custom made multi-pattern capsules, the mic can easily be configured for X/Y, Mid-Side, Blumlein, and other less conventional stereo microphone techniques. The detented heavy-duty rotation mechanism, versatile splitter box, top quality cryogenically-treated FET circuitry, and a VLSM shock-mount help make the V44S is a truly stunning mic package, and in the words of the famous UK TV add, I liked it so much, I bought one.”

Now, last but not least is the link to the video clip itself: