Can’t afford an expensive microphone and preamp, but want to sound like the big guys? The Soyuz Microphones Launcher could be what you need. The company says that this little box makes any dynamic mic sound like it was run through a vintage console.
Soyuz Microphones Launcher: make your cheap mic sound great
Soyuz is a Russian manufacturer known for handmade boutique microphones like the 013 Series and 017 Series. While the firm usually focuses on the higher-end market, its latest product is for people like you and me who can’t afford mics like that. Soyuz claims that the Launcher imparts a classic vintage sound to any dynamic or ribbon microphone, even when plugged into the cheap preamps of your audio interface or PA system. The “little magic box” (Soyuz) contains a custom hand-wound transformer and a “secret analog circuit” designed to add coloration and character to dull-sounding microphones. According to Soyuz, it’s not meant to be transparent and clean, but very much the opposite.
26 dB of gain
The Launcher also boosts the signal by 26 dB, which makes it a bit like a SansAmp for microphones. While this means that the cheapo preamps in your interface or mixer won’t have to work as hard, it would be nice if the Launcher offered a way of adjusting the amount of gain. There are no knobs on it, it really is just a box with an XLR input and output. The Launcher runs on 48V phantom power, so whichever device you run it into does need to be able to supply that.
Since it’s such a small box, you can take the Launcher anywhere. That’s great if you’re a session singer or acoustic guitarist who works in different live settings and recording environments. Soyuz says that it can also improve the sound of podcasts, video voiceovers, and pretty much anything else.
Price and availability
The Soyuz Microphones Launcher will be released on October 15, 2019. You can pre-order it at the company’s website, where you’ll also find a sound demo. The price is USD 199, which puts it within reach of most bedroom producers.