Lauten Audio LA120 - Small-diaphragm Pair

Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphone Pair with Interchangeable Cardioid and Omni Capsules, Lowpass and Highpass Filters, and Transformer-balanced Output
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The Lauten Audio LA-120 is a small-diaphragm FET condenser mic with interchangeable pressure-gradient capsules, an ultralow-noise JFET amplifier, and transformer-balanced output. The LA-120 ships with both cardioid and omni capsules and is fitted with a lowpass filter (switchable between 10kHz and 15kHz), as well as highpass filter (switchable between 50Hz and 150Hz). This feature set gives you tremendous versatility in both studio and live sound applications. Sold in pairs, the LA-120 is your go-to workhorse mic on drum overheads, acoustic guitars, strings, brass, percussion, and many other instruments. At Sweetwater, we've found that a pair of Lauten Audio LA-120 microphones is perfect for spaced pair, XY, and ORTF stereo mic techniques.

Lauten Audio LA-120 Small-diaphragm Condenser Mic Pair Features:
  • Small-diaphragm FET condenser mic
  • Includes interchangeable cardioid and omni capsules
  • Ultralow-noise JFET amplifier
  • Transformer-balanced output
  • Lowpass filter (switchable between 10kHz and 15kHz)
  • Highpass filter (switchable between 50Hz and 150Hz)
  • Perfect for spaced pair, XY, and ORTF stereo mic techniques
Fortify your mic locker with the Lauten Audio LA-120 condenser mic pair!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Mono/Stereo Stereo Pair
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Omni (switchable capsules)
Diaphragm Size 17mm
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 130 dB SPL (@0.5%)
Output Impedance <200 ohms
Low Cut Filter 50Hz, 150Hz
High Cut Filter 10kHz, 15kHz
Connector XLR
Manufacturer Part Number LAUTLA120

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

A lot of bang for the buck

I bought these with the intention of using them in stereo pairs for acoustic guitar and other various applications (as I have the Lauten LA220 large diaphragm as well). The more and more I used them, the more versatile I realized they are. I have made several recordings using these for vocals and they still do a great job - very clean and clear. I think these are an affordable addition for anyone looking to pick up a stereo pair of small diaphragms.
Music background: Long-time musician and performer/home studio use
5/5

MUST HAVE FOR EVERY MIC LOCKER

I can't tell you enough how blown away I am with these microphones. I have used a variety of high end, and low end microphones. I'm one of those people that lets my ears decide what is good and bad... After hearing some Peluso P84 mics, I had my heart set on them. A few weeks ago, I heard a blind shootout on some pencil mics. The LA120 was my pick on acoustic guitar, so I called Ryan and had him send me a pair. I have fought Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, and Banjo in my studio for years. I'm constantly sweeping dirty frequencies, to get them to sit right in the mix. I've done the last two albums for the band I work with, both of which have been nominated for a Grammy. It was incredibly hard to get the end result I was after on those records. This week, we started tracking on our new album. I threw a pair of 120's up on an XY bar. Our guitar player came in. I turned them up, and was absolutely floored by what I was hearing. PERFECTION. Literally, a little compression and I'm done... I used them today on Banjo/Dobro as well. These mics are giving me, BY FAR, the most accurate and clean acoustic image I've ever captured. The built in high and low pass filters really do the trick on making these mics extremely versatile. I simply cannot recommend these enough... I don't care how expensive of mics you have in your locker. Do yourself a favor and get a pair of these. You'll end up buying more than one set...
Music background: Country, Bluegrass, Gospel
5/5

Beautiful!

These mics sound great! Captures a very crisp and clear high end and the bottom end remains full without sounding muddy. The filter switches are extremely useful. 150Hz HP still sounds very full. I love these. Main use is currently one over a ribbon for M/S processing on acoustic guitar. Can't wait to put them on drum overheads. Well worth the price.
Music background: Recording, Performance
4/5

Winner In Quality and Pricepoint

These are great utility mics. The filter switches are great and they are voiced really well. As drum overheads these can be a bit bright... You can use darker cymbals or switch on the Low Pass filter. On acoustic guitar they are great as well but again I found myself using the Low Pass. On upright piano these are great as is. I have a darker Baldwin B243 so I really like the combo with these mics through a couple 1073s and a fatso. They are definitely more than I expected in this price point. I don't find myself going to SDC's all too often so I would never invest a fortune in them. These mics are a solution for me that works great. I can't give them a 5 star rating because they aren't in a class with my favorite SDC's but they hold their own with stuff in the $1000-1500 per pair range. They are definitely better sounding than the Shure KSM stuff IMO.
Music background: Professional Producer, Mixer, Writer
3/5

Not bad for the price

These mics really aren't bad at all. In fact, they sound pretty amazing on piano, especially in omni. They probably perform well in close-miking situations, on almost any string instrument. When I first purchased this pair, I immediately put them on a rigorous trial. The only occurance that I found them sub-par, was on brass quintet. I found the self noise to be a little loud in omni. (this could be because of the J-FET circuit or the mere fact that they aren't transformerless in output). I am not knocking these mics. I really do think that they sound great, I would just be skeptical to use them as omni mains on a chamber ensemble again. These mics are completely worth the price and -if I had the cash- I would have kept them for other purposes. However, because my intended purpose was to purchase them as an omni spaced pair for chamber music, I ended up returning them for another solution.
Music background: Professional Recording Engineer, Professional Musician
See also: Condenser Mics, Lauten Audio, Lauten Audio Condenser Microphones, Lauten Audio Condenser Microphones