Lauten Audio LA-320 Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone

Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone, Cardioid, with 120Hz Highpass and 12kHz Lowpass Filters, Transformer-balanced Output, and Included External Power Supply
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Lauten Audio Quality, Incredible Value!

Lauten Audio's Series Black LA-320 is a versatile large-diaphragm vacuum tube condenser mic you'll find ideal for recording just about any source. Inspired by classic German microphones, the LA-320 features a dual-triode vacuum tube circuit, a 1" diaphragm, transformer-balanced output, and an included external power supply. Lauten also spec'd selectable highpass and lowpass filters, which help you capture instruments and vocals in a variety of less-than-perfect acoustic environments, while the mic's cardioid pickup pattern is adaptable to a wide range of studio duties. Sweetwater engineers hold Lauten Audio microphones in high regard; the LA-320 represents a new entry point into the world of Lauten quality.

Lauten Audio LA-320 Features:
  • Large-diaphragm pressure gradient vacuum tube condenser mic
  • 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response
  • Versatile cardioid pickup pattern
  • Independent, selectable 120Hz highpass and 12kHz lowpass filters
  • External power supply included
  • 1-year limited warranty
The LA-320: Lauten Audio quality and an incredible value!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Tube Condenser
Mono/Stereo Mono
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Diaphragm Size 1" (25.4mm)
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 130dB SPL
Output Impedance <200 ohms
Low Cut Filter 120Hz (12kHz low-pass filter also included)
Color Black
Connector XLR
Manufacturer Part Number LAUTLA320

Customer Reviews

5/5
Based on 15 reviews
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5/5

Warm & Crisp

Granted, I'm running the Lauten LA-310 through a Daking Mic-Pre / Eq. (Eq. bypassed) and an 1176 clone, on immediate take, it sounded exceptionally vibe-y and warm. As expected, the LA-310 smoothly shaves off transients - but just enough to mellow out mids/mid-highs without dulling them over. Of course, for an open vocal, you will need a band pass bump set between 7-11 kHz. But regardless, through a good channel, the 310 provides a male vocal that sits right in the mix. On delicate female vox, the 310 sounded a bit muddy but was fine outside of that... Not brilliant, but full and warm on basic female singing styles. Overall, this mic definitely earns a five... It provides that hard-achieved mid-range warm-but-defined crunch on male vox that aficionados love, but at a steal of a price. The tube is also easily accessed which is pleasing to a tinkerer like me, who likes to swap tubes and experiment.
Music background: Composer / Songwriter / Producer / Engineer
5/5

Perfect!!!

Def a good buy for the $$$. I've only done one first test singing into this mic, but right away, I was impressed. Straight into my ART TPS II, with flat voice setting, Vocals sound perfect without any eq, whatsoever! Upon going overboard w EQ and compression, to see how it takes the processing, I was impressed once again. Seems that no matter what I do for processing, this thing still sounds great, with my voice! I will be putting it through it's paces shortly, but for first impressions, I am definitely blown away! I was a little disappointed that the included cable was not Mogami, but I can say, the cable still feels of good heavy duty quality, with and has good connectors. The Case is nice quality, and the included mount feels good and tight. The mic itself does not weigh very much, so if you don't own a Studio type stand yet, you can get by with a normal stage stand, until your able to upgrade. (not advised)
Music background: Engineer/Studio Owner
5/5

What Else Can I Say?

There is very little else I can say about this mic that is not already written in these reviews. The LA-320 is well worth its reasonable cost and sounds fantastic (I have only used it on vocals in the 2 weeks I have owned it.) I run it through a Focusrite ISA430, and the pair seem to play together extremely well. It stands right up to my 1992 AKG C-414-B-ULS....and that's saying something. Thanks Nick Schenkel (my Sweetwater rep) for turning me onto this mic!!
Music background: Guitarist, Project Studio Engineer, Songwriter
5/5

Great Mic for the $$$

Had this mic for a while now to work with it in different mixes both Vocals and acoustic guitar... Using a good pre-amp. compress & Eq. = great results for a tube mic in this price range. Solid construction and can probably be enhanced even more by experimenting with different vacuum tubes. Great Sound > reasonable price = Deal
Music background: Musician, Vocalist, Home Studio
5/5

Punches WAY above its weight!

I was debating which mic to upgrade with for the home studio, when I came across this mic. Had a listen (through my monitor rig, NOT the computer speakers!) and was really impressed with it's tonality-this mic has something of a U-47 vibe (not exactly, mind you, but in the ballpark) very warm and silky sounding. Once it arrived, of course we had to plug it up and try it out and listen-it sounded just like the demo videos! It's a great all-arounder-sounds great on every acoustic instrument we've thrown in front of it, along with my wife's and my vocals! So, yeah, we love this mic! The tonality of this mic most reminds me of the Lawson 47 (a Neumann U-47 inspired mic) which I have sung through before-I even did the same eq moves that I did with the Lawson to this mic, and got nearly identical results! While this mic obviously is not going to compete with the truly high-end mics out there, it will go toe-to-toe with mics costing 4-5 times more... if you're looking for a warm sounding mic for vocals and acoustics, you'd be hard pressed to find a better mic, and better value, than this mic.
Music background: semi-pro musican, recording

Sweetwater Advice

Andy Miller

Like many engineers, I have a collection of fine condenser and ribbon microphones. I find the Lauten LA320 works well for everything that needs the richness of a ribbon and the high-end extension of a condenser. My guitar cabinets sound round and clear through it, but I don't get the harsh ring that some condensers create on bright sound sources. It also handles vocal sibilance wonderfully, and when I've used it on sax, the sound is silky and full.
See also: Condenser Mics, Lauten Audio, Lauten Audio Condenser Microphones