Lauten Audio Eden LT386 Mutli-Voiced LDC Tube Microphone  From Lauten

A multifaceted large diaphragm tube microphone with 3 different "voicings", switchable polar patterns (cardioid, omni, figure-8), and switchable 2-stage high pass filters. Say hello to arguably the most versatile LDC tube microphone!

Lauten Audio

$2,999.00

Retail:  $3,999.00

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What We Think

“The Lauten Eden is my new secret weapon for vocal stacks and now that we've added one to our studio I find myself reaching for it more and more. When tracking vocals with many layers I often find that I really need to pull a lot of the great top-end lift out of my favorite mics to cut down on compounded overabundance of harsh highs. In the past, I'd gotten around this with EQ or using another, darker mic for the backing stacks. Now, with the Eden, I do all the backing vocals with either the gentle or neutral setting and the lead vocal with the forward position engaged. The results are an amazing, no-compromise vocal that has all the airy presence and rich vintage tone without any compromise.”

 

Manufacturer's Description from Lauten

The Eden LT-386 by Lauten Audio is a Multi-voicing™ vacuum tube large diaphragm condenser microphone. The LT-386 is for discerning recordists in search of the most diverse and useful studio vacuum tube microphone. It offers a unique blend of classic and modern design theory which exhibits a smooth, rich low and mid-range as well as high mid and high timbre reminiscent of premier classic vacuum tube microphones. From its attached, semi-permanent, suspension mount, to its three different switches housed on the microphone itself, Eden offers an endless palette of sound.

Eden LT-386 at a glance

  • Designed for the most discerning ears in the business
  • Multi-voicing switch for three distinct timbres
  • Vocal shaping high-pass filter
  • Kick-drum shaping high-pass filter
  • Switchable patterns on the microphone
  • Stunning appearance, built to the hilt, refined character

Pattern switching on the microphone

The polar pattern switch gives recordists the option of choosing between Cardioid, Omnidirectional or Figure-8 polar patterns. Having the pattern switch on the microphone, rather than the power supply, allows you or the artist to quickly and easily make your selection. Although not as common today, we were inspired by the most admired classics when we decided to put this feature on the microphone itself.

Vocal and Kick-drum shaping high-pass filters

Next up we have our unique 2-stage, high-pass filters we call “Kick-shaper” and “Vocal-shaper”. These filters are uniquely tuned to shape the low-end for two of the most commons trouble areas. In its default position there is no high-pass. Stage one, or the middle position, is the “Kick-shaper”; as you can probably guess, this was specifically designed for kick-drums. With its very step cut of the low-end, it removes excess boominess that might actually take away from a big sounding kick. But feel free to try it on toms, vocals, guitars etc.  Moving the switch to stage 2, or the bottom position, is the “Vocal-shaper” which is designed to clean up your vocal tracks for an amazingly smooth and classic sound. Of course, it will be useful for many more sources as well.


Proprietary Multi-voicing technology

Multi-voicing is a process that can only be achieved in the microphone itself. This is Lauten Audio’s proprietary technology that uses three separate signal paths for unique frequency shaping. The multi-voicing functions in Eden are specifically designed and tuned for this microphone and are not the same as the Atlantis. But for consistency we kept the same names; Forward, Neutral and Gentle. The Gentle position provides maximum control of bright or peaky sources or to achieve a very warm, vintage vibe. Select one of the high-pass filters and you’ll think you have a completely different microphone. Neutral offers a nice even response with good control over S’s, and starts moving more toward a modern microphone but still wrapped in a vintage vibe. Lastly Forward opens up the microphone for that familiar “air” of classic microphones from the past with our own modern touch that Lauten Audio is known for.

 

In Summary

The polar-pattern, high-pass filter, and Multi-voicing functions make for a vacuum tube microphone like never before. Put it in figure-8, use the kick-shaper (first stage high-pass) and forward mode, or cardioid, vocal-shaper (second stage high-pass), and gentle, it’s almost an endless palette of options.


Premium components throughout

The Eden LT-386 uses our proprietary 31.25mm dual-diaphragm pressure gradient condenser capsule tuned specifically for this mic. It uses a custom wound US-made output transformer for excellent control of transients. The vacuum tube is a modern EF806s aged using a proprietary process developed by Lauten Audio. The mic also features high-quality, high-tolerance resistors and capacitors, Switchcraft® connectors on the microphone, cable and power-supply, and our own custom tube microphone cable.

Lauten Audio

About Manufacturer

Based in California, Lauten Audio was founded almost a decade ago by Brian Loudenslager, who saw a need for well thought-out mics with a unique character. Working in collaboration with Grammy nominated engineer and producer Mike Terry and theoretical physicist Dr. Charles Chen, Brian started working on the Horizon, which they wanted to be a unique-sounding work-horse studio microphone. Two years later the Horizon was introduced. 8 years later, Lauten Audio has become known as a leader in original-sounding microphones with unique timbre, and has garnered a loyal following. Lauten audio does not clone classic or vintage microphones, and instead starts with a clean slate to bring you a truly original product.

Specifications

Technical Specifications:

  • Type:31.25mm dual large diaphragm pressure gradient transducer microphone.
  • Polar Patterns:Omnidirectional, Cardioid and Figure-8 selectable.
  • Circuit:Vacuum tube, transformer balanced
  • Frequency Range:20Hz-20KHz
  • Dynamic Range:120dB minimum
  • Impedance:< 200 ohms
  • Max. SPL:0.5%THD@1000Hz: 120dB
  • Self-noise Level:< 20dB(A)
  • Sensitivity:16mV/Pa OR -36±2dB 0dB=1V/Pa 1000Hz

Special Features:

  • Kick-shaper & Vocal-shaper, High-pass filters
  • 3-stage Multi-voicing™ switch
  • Polar pattern switch

Connector: 5-pin XLR (PSU to microphone) and 3-pin XLR (PSU to Preamp)

Power Requirement:Custom power supply (100v to 240v compatible)

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