Lewitt has released the LCT 640 TS, a dual-output condenser microphone. This multi-pattern large-diaphragm condenser microphone makes it possible to adjust the polar pattern post-recording. In other words, the microphone allows the user to record the front and back of the diaphragm individually. This concept has the potential to not only allow the engineer to smoothly tune the polar pattern from omnidirectional to figure-8, and the recording angle a full 180°, but also to transform postproduction.
Unlike other microphones, the LCT 640 TS’s dual-output mode provides the ability to add as much room sound as desired post-recording and makes a wide range of unique stereo recording techniques possible. What’s more, the dual capsule can also be used for interactive face to face duets between musicians.
Another useful feature is the ability to record “Mid Side” stereo with only one LCT 640 TS. Musicians and engineers just have to point the side of the microphone to the source they want to record. The front capsule then serves as the left-side channel while the back capsule serves as the right side. Summing both signals together creates the mid-channel. The easiest way to create this in a DAW is to put both signals on a stereo track and adjust the stereo width.
The LCT 640 TS will come bundled with a newly developed, pioneering digital audio workstation (DAW) plug-in called Polarizer – available for both Mac and PC. This plug-in makes it possible to easily and seamlessly change or fine-tune the polar pattern during postproduction. Polarizer works on both PCs and Macs, and it supports the following plug-in standards: VST, AU and AAX. The available polar patterns can also be created manually in any DAW or mixing console.
Lewitt’s LCT 640 TS is available now for $899.