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The second generation Vanguard Audio Labs V44S is a stereo large-diaphragm multi-pattern FET condenser microphone designed to be a versatile, reliable, professional tool in the vein of highly-sought-after vintage stereo condensers of yesteryear. With a pair of twin coincident custom-voiced multi-pattern capsules, you can utilize X/Y, Mid-Side, Blumlein, and other less conventional stereo microphone techniques in a single microphone. With a gen2 redesigned detented heavy-duty rotation mechanism, premium cryogenically-treated FET circuitry, Neutrik® interconnects, and a VLSM shockmount, the V44S is the first and last stereo microphone you’ll ever need to reach for.


The VANGUARD V44S is very different from other microphones in its price range. It is designed and precision-built in limited quantities to “no-compromise” standards.

 

Starting with twin extra-large 34mm edge terminated gold-sputtered 3µm Mylar dual capsule assembliesand custom-voicedthem with a proprietary hand-tuning process, placing each capsule in an open-weave headbasket for a natural sound with low internal reflections. New for the gen2, the top headbasket now rotates up to 120 degrees, with detents every 15 degrees for repeatability of settings.


Designed with a transformerless solid-state circuit that matches the unique musical properties of our capsules and loaded it with premium-grade, over-spec component sourced from manufacturers around the world. Allcritical components in the signal & power paths were cryogenically treated including anultra-high-grade FET. In our entire lineup of gen2.


Aesthetically, the precision-machined stainless steel body is coated with our signature Pinot Noir, finished with a deep, lustrous gloss, and accented by polished nickel trim and a precision-cast Vanguard badge. Your V44S’s serial number is laser-engraved on the lower rear of the microphone.


Performance

The V44S was designed with the character of classic stereo microphones in mind, while also utilizing modern technology & design to meet the demands of today’s recording professionals. The ultra-thin 3µm edge-terminated capsule diaphragms is extraordinarily sensitive, ensuring that every nuance and detail of the performance is faithfully captured.


Both custom-voiced capsules areindependently switchable between cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-8 pickup patterns, enabling X/Y, Mid-Side, and Blumlein stereo mic’ing within one microphone, as well as less conventional stereo techniques.


One of the biggest frustrations users of stereo microphones have is the flaws of current and past headbasket rotation assemblies. Too often, the current designs are fragile and prone to noisy operation, breakage, and signal loss. The V44S is designed with a heavy-duty, punched-steel rotation mechanism which detents every 15 degreesfor reliable, durable operation.

 

The included splitter box contains an additional phase-reversed top capsule output, which is perfect for less-than-ideal recording conditions such as concert taping. This allows mid-side recording with no additional mixer patching.


Every part of the V44S was designed to be robust and reliable. Wherever possible, components were over-specced. The deep-cycle cryogenic treatment improves the lifespan and performance of critical electronic components. Stainless steel, aluminum, and zinc are part of the heavy-duty construction. Every Vanguard microphone is backed by our FIVE-YEAR WARRANTY.
The 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
 

The Aesthetics

•Exquisite deep-gloss Pinot Noir finish

•Polished nickel trim

•Precision-cast Vanguard badge

•Laser-etched model and serial numbers


The 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)


The Accessories

•VLSM Large Shockmount

•V44S Splitter Box

•5-Pin Heavy-Duty Microphone Cable

•Padded Pinewood Microphone Storage Box

•Locking Aluminum Carrying Case

Vanguard Audio Labs V44S gen2 Large Diaphragm Multipattern Stereo Condenser Mi

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  • Vanguard Audio Labs V44S gen2 Large Diaphragm Multipattern Stereo Condenser Microphone
  • The second generation Vanguard Audio Labs V44S is a stereo large-diaphragm multi-pattern FET condenser microphone designed to be a versatile, reliable, professional tool in the vein of highly-sought-after vintage stereo condensers of yesteryear.
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