A high-quality tube microphone at an entry-level price? Impossible! Or so we thought. But that’s what we discovered with the Lauten Audio LA-320, a large-diaphragm tube condenser microphone that is equally adept at tracking vocals as it is other instruments, such as acoustic guitar and piano.
The LA-320 has a 1-inch capsule with a cardioid pickup pattern and utilizes dual-triode amplification circuitry with a transformer-balanced output. The built-in highpass filter (at 120 Hz) can be used to clean up muddy sources while the unique 12 kHz lowpass filter helps compensate for bright sources. The mic’s frequency response is stated as 20 Hz to 20 kHz, and the LA-320 will handle SPLs up to 130 dB.
The LA-320 is packaged with a dedicated power supply and cable, a shock mount, and padded carrying case, making it an excellent introduction to the world of tube mics for the personal studio, houses of worship, or educational institutions.