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We're pleased to announce that after exhaustive R&D, we're now shipping theVanguard V44S Stereo Multi-Pattern FET Condenser Microphone! Designed and manufactured what we believe will be the top-selling stereo microphone on the market. At $649 MAP, it's within financial reach of the majority of . Following in the tradition of the V13, vanguard has surpassed the traditional price-quality ratio with top-shelf design & performance, elegant aesthetics, and a plethora of high-quality extras.

Since we know your time is valuable, here's a quick rundown of what sets it apart:

  • Headbasket Rotation - the V44S headbasket solves the problem that plagues every stereo mic we've ever seen - the lack of a quality rotation assembly. Instead of a contact wafer (noisy) or wire tension (fragile) design, we created a robust punched steel and ball-bearing mechanism from scratch. It's incredibly durable and reliable - and it detents every 15 degrees.
  • Capsules - we match each set of capsules, and we're using the same custom-voiced, edge-terminated, 3-micron diaphragm dual-capsule assemblies as our V13. Each capsule is independently switchable between cardioid, omni, and figure-8 to allow for a cornucopia of stereo mic'ing techniques including X/Y, Mid-Side, and Blumlein. Each headbasket uses the same open-air mesh as our V13 for transparency and low internal reflections. Most stereo mics on the market use 67-style capsules with high-frequency edginess and lack of low end definition, and our V44S capsules address that problem while being incredibly sensitive and detailed.
  • Splitter Box - we added a few unique features to our splitter box for concert tapers/location sound recordists. An additional phase-inverted, transformer-isolated top output allows for Mid-Side operation without any mixer or DAW patching.
  • Circuitry - We've loaded our solid-state, transformerless circuit with premium over-spec'd components carefully selected & sourced from around the world, including a cutting-edge transistor with mind-blowing specifications.
  • The Extras - the kit of course comes with our awesome VLSM Heavy-Duty Shockmount. Additional accessories include a padded pinewood storage box, a microfiber microphone sleeve, locking aluminum carrying case, 5-pin cable, and splitter box.
  • Aesthetics - a mic should sound twice as good as it looks. So we dressed out the V44S with our signature Pinot Noir gloss finish, mirror-cast badge, polished nickel trim, and precision-machined metalwork.
  • Quality - Final assembly, capsule matching, and 100% quality control takes place here in Southern California. Every V44S comes with a serialized hand-filled QC card and 5-year warranty.

Besides stereo mic'ing for instruments and ensembles, The V44S is surprisingly useful as a vocal microphone in the studio.

  • High-gain, low-gain - for tunes with a lot of vocal dynamics, set up a V44S with both capsules aligned at 0 degrees in cardioid on identical preamps, with one preamp set 6-10dB lower than the other. Use the low-gain track for higher-volume passages and vice versa. This allows for quick comping of a full take of the song, and the vocalist doesn't need to break their creative flow.
  • Preamp blending - Using the same setup, but sonically different preamps, you can select which preamp will sit better in the mix, or use a blend of the two different flavors.

Warranty Information

5 years

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