Lauten Audio LA120 Small-diaphragm Pair Condenser Microphones

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90 out of 100. Incorporating 30+ ratings and reviews.
$449.00
Lauten Audio

Features

  • Professional level classic inspired instrument condenser microphones
  • Ideal for capturing vibrant character and transients
  • Intelligent features get you great recordings with ease
  • Interchangeable cardioid and omni-directional capsules
  • 50 and 150Hz low-cut & 10 and 15kHz high-cut filters
  • Ultra-low-noise USA JFET amplifier for superior solid-state sound

The Lauten Audio LA120 is a premium small diaphragm FET condenser microphone with interchangeable pressure-gradient capsules. This feature lets each capsule be properly tweaked instead of making compromises with one capsule.

The LA120’s transformerless design helps it accurately capture sound while preserving dynamics. And this makes it viable for use with other instruments, including articulate ones like acoustic guitars.

Switches on the side of the mics enable low and high cut filters for more versatility. Piercing cymbal highs can be filtered out easily with the built in high cut filters which make it a great choice for modern rock recordings that use a lot of bright and fast crash cymbals.

Its small size also enables easier placement especially in more complicated drum setups. The versatility of the capsules plus the available filters makes it ideal for spaced pair, XY, and ORTF stereo mic techniques not just for overheads but for acoustic guitar, ambient mics and more. On the flipside, utilizing the filters will require a bit of practice, which can be an issue when used by novices.

If you want a premium level mic pair without a spending stratospheric amount, the Lauten Audio LA120 is a a great pick. It is also a good all-around mic, which experience technicians can put to good use.

Pros

  • Interchangeable pressure-gradient capsules
  • Built-in HF and LF filters
  • Accurate audio capture
  • Versatile application

Cons

  • Requires a bit of a learning curve

Specifications

  • Type: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omni (switchable capsules)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
  • Sensitivity: -34.0dB re 1 Volt/Pascal (20.00mV @ 94 dB SPL) +/- 2 dB @ 1kHz
  • Impedance: 200 ohms
  • Maximum SPL: 130 dB SPL (@0.5%)
  • Dynamic Range: 121 dB
  • Equivalent Noise Level: <15dB (A weighted)
  • Power Requirements: 48V Phantom Power
  • Connection Material: Not specified
  • Weight: 2.8oz (80g)
  • Extras: Wooden Case, Windscreens

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
TapeOp Allen Farmelo 96/100
Gearspace Will_Warren 100/100
Higher Hz Brandon Schock 80/100
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Polar Pattern

Lauten Audio LA120 Polar Pattern

Frequency Response

Lauten Audio LA120 Frequency Response