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V44S gen2 Stereo Microphone Kit: ECLIPSE EDITION

V44S gen2 Stereo Microphone Kit: ECLIPSE EDITION

Regular price $1,399.00 USD
Regular price $1,449.00 USD Sale price $1,399.00 USD
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Vanguard Audio Labs Custom Shop now offering Custom Laser Engraving!

With our new laser engraver, you can add customizations to any of your Vanguard microphones...Studio logos, an inspirational quote, sharks with frickin’ laser beams on their heads…we can do pretty much anything!

When you purchase this, our team will reach out to you to finalize your design. You’ll receive a proof of the design from our team and we will need your final approval before we run the engraving process.

By purchasing, you acknowledge a few considerations - 

The rear of the V13 is vented for the tube, so the available engraving space will be necessarily smaller

If purchasing this for a previously-purchased microphone, please note that you will need to ship your microphone body in at your own cost and pay for return shipping.

Gen1 mics utilize a C330 brass material, whereas gen2 mics we are using SUS304 stainless steel material. The look on a gen1 mic will be very different than a gen2.

For logo's or other images, you must upload an exact file of what you would like to create the design. Derek sucks at graphic design, you wouldn't like it anyways.

Due to the customizable one-of-a-kind nature of this process, please note that this makes your purchase non-refundable.

Once the design has written approval, it is set in stone. Requesting any further changes after final approval would warrant an additional engraving charge.

*US Pricing only. Customers outside the US, click here for your local distributor*

For a limited time only Vanguard Audio Labs is offering the V44S gen2 condenser microphones in an exclusive cosmos-black “Eclipse Edition”.

Scientists tell us that the oldest conclusive solar eclipse on record dates to around 1200 B.C.E., when scribes in China recorded eclipses on ox bones and tortoise shells. But it’s possible there’s an even earlier record in a group of spiral-shaped and circular petroglyphs discovered in Ireland that date back to 3340 B.C.E. 

In this century, rather than ox bones or cave walls, Vanguard Audio has decided to celebrate the darkness by marking the 2024 total solar eclipse on our very own large diaphragm FET condenser microphones, the V4 gen2 and stereo V44S gen2. Each of these limited edition jewels will be finished in a lush, dense cosmos-black and sport a unique laser-engraved representation of the 2024 solar eclipse. The laser engraving is done in-house by our own certified laser artist. 

These Eclipse Edition versions will only be offered for a short time, and in very limited quantities. Don’t miss out on one of these totally historic editions!

The Vanguard V44S is a stereo large-diaphragm multi-pattern FET condenser microphone. Lovingly crafted by experts over 2 years, it is designed to be a versatile, reliable, professional tool in the vein of highly-sought-after vintage stereo condensers of yesteryear. With a pair of coincident twin custom-voiced multi-pattern capsules, you can utilitize X/Y, Mid-Side, Blumlein, and other less conventional stereo microphone techniques in a single microphone. With an all-new detented heavy-duty rotation mechanism, versatile splitter box, premium cryogenically-treated FET circuitry, and a VLSM shockmount, the V44S is the first and last stereo microphone you’ll ever need to reach for.

Included Accessories

  • VLSM Large Shockmount
  • V44S Splitter Box
  • 5-Pin Heavy-Duty Microphone Cable
  • Padded Pinewood Microphone Storage Box
  • Locking Aluminum Carrying Case

Use Cases

  • Piano (upright or grand)
  • Drums (overhead, room)
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • String ensembles
  • Horn ensembles
  • Orchestral recording
  • Vocals (check out YouTube for some clever vocal stereo mic tricks)
  • A/Bing signal chains
  • Parallel processing
  • Foley/Sound Effect/Sound Design

For more information: https://www.vanguardaudiolabs.com/products/v44s-stereo-condenser/

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Features

Capsule & Electronics

  • Twin custom-voiced, edge-terminated 34mm dual-capsule assembly with 3µm gold-sputtered Mylar diaphragms
  • 3 independently selectable polar patterns per capsule
  • Electronically-balanced solid-state circuitry using audiophile-grade parts, sourced from USA, Germany, Japan, France, and more
  • Deep-cycle cryogenic treatment of critical signal & power path components
  • 120º rotatable top capsule with 15º detents
  • Versatile splitter box for mobile & live recording conditions
  • Ultra-low-noise JFET design
  • US-made low-noise audiophile-grade resistors

Construction

  • Heavy-duty brass, aluminum, steel, and zinc construction
  • Robust punched-steel capsule rotation mechanism
  • Open-weave headbasket for low internal reflections and “open-air” voicing
  • Each V44S comes with its own laser-engraved serial number
  • 5-Year Warranty
  • Over-spec componentry
  • Deep-gloss Pinot Noir finish
  • Polished nickel trim
  • Precision-cast Vanguard badge
  • Neutrik® interconnects throughout
  • Final Assembly & 100% Quality Control in California, USA

Aesthetics

  • Exquisite deep-gloss Pinot Noir finish
  • Polished nickel trim
  • Precision-cast Vanguard badge
  • Laser-etched model and serial numbers

Specs

  • Transducer Type: Condenser
  • Capsule Size: 1.34″ / 34mm (dual-capsule)
  • Diaphragm Size: 1.04″ / 26.4mm
  • Capsule Diaphragms Thickness: 3µm
  • Electronics Type: Solid-state, electronically-balanced output
  • Output Impedance: 200Ω
  • Max SPL: appx. 135dB (145dB w/ Pad)
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20000Hz
  • Equivalent Noise Level: ≤14dBA (A-weighted)
  • S/N Ratio: ≥80dB (Ref. 1Pa A-weighted)
  • Sensitivity: TBA
  • Output Connector: Neutrik® Male XLR 5-pin, gold-plated
  • Finish: Polished nickel trim / High-gloss Pinot Noir
  • Weight (microphone): 1.5 lbs / 0.68kg
  • Weight (in case): 9.625 lbs / 4.37kg
  • Dimensions (microphone): 10.63″ long, 2.05″ max diameter / 270mm long, 52mm max diameter
  • Dimensions (case): 16.92″L x 12.60″W x 6.02″H / 430mmL x 320mmW x 153mm
  • Voltage Requirement: Phantom Power (+48V ideal)

Accessories

When you buy a V44S, you also get a VLSM Heavy-Duty Shockmount. We wanted to rethink the standard “spider-style” shockmount of old, and designed the VLSM with a few nifty features. First is the open front, which allows you to position the microphone as close to the source as necessary. Second, we install aerospace-grade suspension rings that won’t break, sag, crack, or stretch over time. This shockmount was designed to fit any microphone with M22x1 threading, so you also can use it with a number of microphones from other manufacturers.

The V44S also comes with the our utility splitter box, which allows you to break out the 5-pin microphone cable into conventional 3-pin XLR. The splitter box contains a transformer-isolated phase-inverted top capsule output in addition to the standard top-capsule output, allowing for mid-side operation in less-than-ideal recording conditions with no patching at the mixer. An additional two standard XLR inputs allow you to use other microphones, such as the Vanguard V13, in the same conditions.

When not in use, your V44S should be stored in its padded pinewood box.

The aluminum combo-lock carrying case keeps your V44S microphone, pinewood box, cable, and splitter box in one place.

Included Accessories

  • VLSM Large Shockmount
  • V44S Splitter Box
  • 5-Pin Heavy-Duty Microphone Cable
  • Padded Pinewood Microphone Storage Box
  • Locking Aluminum Carrying Case

Testimonials

"[The V44S] has been the GREATEST value purchase in YEARS for my collection. It's amazing. I sold one of my Neumanns after I got this and haven't looked back!"

Ryan Hudson

"I set it up, and before the first day was out, I was a confirmed fan...I was very taken with the V44S [as a drum overhead]: it produced a seriously chunky sound with lots of midrange heft, and a low end that was weighty without being exaggerated."

Sam Inglis

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