Lauten Audio LA-320 Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone

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97 out of 100. Incorporating 70+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$678
Lauten Audio LA-320 Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone
Lauten Audio LA-320: Highest Rated Large-Diaphragm Condenser Mic Under $100 - 2021.04

Gearank High Notes

Specifications

  • Type: Tube Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Impedance: 200 Ohms
  • Max SPL: 130dB SPL
  • Power Requirements: Custom power supply (Switchable 100v to 240v compatible range)

Overview

Lauten Audio is a fairly new company. Instead of focusing on chasing vintage sounds, their approach is to craft original, great sounding microphones for the modern studio.

The LA-320 is a Tube Condenser microphone with added features like high and low pass filter switches.

It includes a custom power supply and shockmount in a sturdy carrying case.

When we were analyzing user reports we noted that several said it has a smooth top end that gets a bit of a sparkle thanks to a little tube saturation.

One thing to note is that the low cut switch can thin out the tonality too much.

Because it uses a custom power supply, it's not suited for mobile recording - this is most definitely a studio microphone, but that's the same for most good tube mics.

If you're not chasing a particular microphone sound but want a great quality tube microphone that imbues your tracks with harmonic sheen, the LA-320 is a great mid-priced offering and may be your gateway drug to expanding your mic cabinet with more.

Gearank Recommendation

The LA-320 appeared on our recommended list for Large Diaphragm Condenser Mics Under $1000 from March 2020 through May 2022.

Hands On Reports

Website Source *Rating Value
Gearspace BMGLoftStudios 90/100
Sound On Sound Paul White 93/100
Tape Op Ben Bernstein 90/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.

Frequency Response and Polar Pattern Charts

Lauten Audio LA-320  frequency response chart

About the Author

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I've been an audio engineer for 20 years specializing in rock and metal recordings, and also I play guitar and produce original music for my band and other content creators.