All Vanguard Audio products are designed with an uncompromising standard of excellence. Each step in our development process is tempered by discernment, vast design experience, and thorough research & testing. With over 65 years of experience, in the past our design team has successfully created products used by world-famous artists like Taylor Swift, Robert Plant, and Levon Helm. During design, we send prototypes to some of the best engineers and producers in the business. We find this vetting process to be invaluable to our product development.
Every single facet of any Vanguard product has been designed, tested, questioned, and rethought to give you the best possible product. For instance, we put the pad and rolloff switches on the Vanguard V13 on the rear of the microphone, so that the engineer can easily control them without affecting microphone placement. Our shockmount is created so that microphones can be as close as desired to the source, and utilizes aerospace-grade suspension rings that won’t snap, crack, or lose elasticity. On one product, we tested over 20 different capacitors at a single critical circuit junction to ensure the best possible aural match! And whenever possible, we over-spec our components to ensure you’ll be making music for years to come.
The bottom line is that each of our products is designed by a team of experienced microphone experts to be original, innovative, and high-performance. With deep-cycle cryogenic treatment, hand-tuned microphone capsules, and high-grade electronic components, we don’t cut corners, and we don’t settle for anything less than top-shelf.
Each Vanguard product is crafted with one goal in mind – pure, unadulterated audio bliss. Endless hours of research, design, listening, and testing have been spent in relentless pursuit of that goal. After using world-class studios and engineers to test our microphones against some of the most timeless designs ever conceived, we can say with confidence that each Vanguard microphone will rival or exceed the performance of microphones that cost many times more.
Some microphone manufacturers’ goal is to achieve the flattest possible response. While this is one valid approach, I think we’d all be sad if the only flavor of ice cream was vanilla. Great records, like great recipes, need several delicious ingredients. Great records, like great paintings, benefit from a depth of tones and colors.
Instead, Vanguard Audio Labs’ philosophy is that the track should sound incredible right when it’s cut to tape. The authenticity of the sound source needs to be captured, but when we can add warmth, clarity, depth, and body to the signal, then that’s icing on the cake. We recall (in our early studio years) getting goosebumps the first time we heard our voice on a superb, world-class microphone. We strive for that ideal in all of our designs. Vanguard microphones hold true to the original performance while adding wonderful, subtle detail to the end result. Imparting just the right color and shape to your audio is a Vanguard specialty, and we’ve hand-tailored each product to bring your music to life.
Each Vanguard microphone undergoes final assembly & inspection and is hand-packed here in sunny Southern California.
Our products are precision-cast and machined from heavy-duty materials like brass, aluminum, steel, and zinc alloys. With padded microphone storage boxes and custom-designed carrying cases, your recording tools will be helping you make great music for years to come.
Additionally, each microphone goes through 100% quality-control in a series of stringent visual and audio tests – many manufacturers skip this process entirely or use a “spot-checking” method.
We know that whether you’re a major studio owner or a songwriter in your converted garage, you want an incredible sound without emptying your wallet. After extensive testing against some of the most iconic microphones in the industry, we can say with confidence that Vanguard Audio Labs products will rival or exceed the performance and quality of high-end brands at a fraction of the cost.