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Vanguard Audio Labs V1S+Lolli

Stereo Microphone Set
By Neil Rogers

Vanguard Audio Labs V1S+LolliPhoto: Neil Rogers

With no fewer than eight capsules and a full complement of accessories, this stereo mic kit from Californian newcomers Vanguard offers versatility, quality and affordability in abundance.

Vanguard Audio Labs are a small company based in Upland, California, and their first microphone was released as recently as 2016. Their output until now has exclusively been around the theme of large–diaphragm capacitor mics: the V13, which is a multi-pattern tube microphone, and the V4 FET–style design, which is also available in a stereo version (the V44S). For review here, however, is an intriguing microphone package which is their take on the modular small–diaphragm 'pencil' capacitor mic format. The V1 System (or V1S) offers a selection of capsules that can be swapped out to achieve different polar patterns and tonal options depending on your needs in a recording session. There are four different packages available in this modular format, with the most basic being a single microphone with four different 22mm capsules. I was lucky enough, however, to have the most comprehensive package to play with for this review — the V1S+Lolli kit, a stereo set that includes two lots of V1 mics, a pair of shockmounts, the four small capsules, a stereo bar and also a pair of large–diaphragm 'Lolli' capsules that can also be used with the pencil–style microphone body. I had a good variety of recording sessions booked in when the V1S kit arrived at my studio and...

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Published February 2020