Vanguard Audio Labs V4
The Vanguard V4 is a large-diaphragm multi-pattern FET condenser microphone.
Lovingly crafted by experts over 2 years, it is designed to be a versatile, reliable, professional recording tool that breaks the usual "bang-for-your-buck" curve. With our acclaimed edge-terminated ultra-thin custom-voiced capsule, a pad/rolloff option, primo cryogenically-treated componentry, and the best shockmount in al the land, the V4 is made to be your go-to workhorse microphone at a price that won't break your piggy bank.
We designed V4 with certain characteristics of classic FET microphones in mind, while also utilizing modern technology & design to meet the demands of today's recording professionals. Our ultra-thin 3µm edge-terminated capsule diaphragms are extraordinarily sensitive, ensuring that every nuance and detail of the performance is faithfully captured.
We heard from a number of Vanguard V44S users that they loved the clean and full character of the V44S so much as an alternative to their V13 and V1 microphones, they wanted a small "mono" version of the V44S for travel purposes. The signal and power paths of the V4 is identical to a single channel of the V44S, but because we had space for an extra PCB and switch, we couldn't resist adding a simple pad/rolloff combo switch to the rear, as well as spacing the power conversion circuit as far as possible from the signal path.
After hundreds of hours of listening with world-class engineers in environments ranging from fully-equipped major studios to bootstrapped home setups, we can confidently say that this microphone will vastly exceed the performance of other microphones in its price range, and rival the performance of microphones costing several times more.
The VANGUARD V4 is very different from other microphones in its price range. It is designed and precision-built in limited quantities to "no-compromise" standards, with final assembly and 100% testing taking place here in Southern California. We feel that the sensitive nature of microphones requires a high-standards, no-holds-barred test battery to ensure that we'd be proud to use EVERY microphone that leaves our shop on our own records.
We started with an extra-large 34mm edge-terminated, gold-sputtered 3µm Mylar dual-capsule assembly and custom-voice it with a proprietary hand-tuning process. The capsule is mounted in an open-weave headbasket for a natural sound with low internal reflections.
We then designed a transformerless solid-state circuit that matches the unique musical properties of our capsules and loaded it with premium-grade, over-spec components sourced from manufacturers around the world, including Germany, Japan, and the USA. We deep-cycle cryogenically treat critical components in the signal & power paths, including an ultra-high-grade FET that is many times more expensive than the standard transistor you'll find in most sub-$500 microphones. As one of the most critical components in the signal path, we tested several premium-grade transistors before choosing this particular model, and the results are significant & audible improvements in audio quality, headroom, distortion, and noise floor vs. standard-grade JFET transistors.
Aesthetically, the precision-machined brass 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 V4's serial number is laser-engraved on the lower rear of the microphone.
The V4 was designed by a team of experts with more than 65 years of experience and vetted by award-winning engineers and producers.
The V4 was designed in the USA, and undergoes final assembly in sunny Southern California. We perform 100% quality control - every single piece of your microphone kit undergoes a series of stringent audio and visual tests here in Southern California before being hand-packed.
Every part of the V4 was designed to be robust and reliable. Wherever possible, components were over-spec'd. The deep-cycle cryogenic treatment improves the lifespan and performance of critical electronic components. Brass, steel, aluminum, and zinc are part of the heavy-duty construction. Every Vanguard microphone is backed by our FIVE-YEAR WARRANTY.
We run every one of our microphones through a series of tests to ensure that they meet our standards, and we strongly feel that any pair of V4s will match each other close enough for any critical recording applications. However, we also understand the level of detail and fastidiousness that we audio engineers hold ourselves to. At your request to your dealer, we can provide matched pairs of the V4 +/- 1.5dB at no additional cost.
Capsule & Electronics
Custom-voiced, edge-terminated 34mm dual-capsule assembly with 3µm gold-sputtered Mylar diaphragms3 selectable polar patterns - Cardioid, Figure-8, Omnidirectional-10dB/100Hz RolloffElectronically-balanced solid-state circuitry loaded with premium-grade componentsUltra-low-noise JFET designDeep-cycle cryogenic treatment of critical signal & power path components
Heavy-duty brass, aluminum, steel, and zinc constructionOpen-weave headbasket for low internal reflections and "open-air" voicingEach V4 comes with its own laser-engraved serial numberOver-spec componentryDeep-gloss Pinot Noir finishPolished nickel trimPrecision-cast Vanguard badgeFinal Assembly & 100% Quality Control in California, USA
Exquisite deep-gloss Pinot Noir finishPolished nickel trimPrecision-cast Vanguard badgeLaser-etched model and serial numbers
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: 200
Max SPL: appx. 135dB (145dB w/ Pad)
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20000Hz
Equivalent Noise Level: <=14dBA (A-weighted)
Output Connector: Male XLR 3-pin, gold-plated
High-Pass/Rolloff Switch: 120Hz (either/or with pad)
Attenuation/Pad Switch: -10dB (either/or with rolloff)
Finish: Polished nickel trim / High-gloss Pinot Noir
Weight (microphone): 0.83 lbs / 0.38 kg
Weight (in case): 5.63 lbs / 2.56 kg
Dimensions (microphone): 7.25 long, 1.8 diameter / 184mm long, 46mm diameter
Dimensions (case): 12L x 11W x 5.75H / 305mmL x 280mmW x 146mmH
Voltage Requirement: Phantom Power (+48V ideal)
VLSM Large ShockmountPadded Pinewood Microphone Storage BoxAluminum Carrying Case
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