Rugged, revolutionary rotation
matched custom-voiced ultra-thin capsules to capture every nuance
premium, cryo-treated componentry
X/Y, Mid-Side, and Blumlein without phase
ultra-versatile splitter box
Final assembly and 100% QC in Southern California
V13 Video Review
“For a microphone of this quality, [the price] is staggering. Absolutely incredible price for a microphone that, quite frankly, could be THE microphone you need (or maybe a pair of them).”
-James Ivey, Pro Tools Expert
3x Grammy-winning Engineer
Senior Engineer at Abbey Road Studios
"“I’ve got my fair share of classic German mics and I’ve tried a quite a few of the ‘clones’. All I can say is this mic blows away other tube LDC’s that cost thousands more. Talk about bang for your buck! I used it on three very different singers just in the past week and it sounded fantastic on each one. Loads of vibe. Sweet highs, crispy focused mids, lots of detail. Also excelled on acoustic guitar and drum overhead. This one’s a keeper!!”
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Dave Way (Michael Jackson, Ben Folds, Fiona Apple, P!nk)
Unparalleled Performance at an Unbeatable Price
Here at Vanguard Audio Labs, our mission is simple – make great tools to help you make great music. And to do that, we’re combining vintage design acumen with the latest aerospace engineering technology to bring you outstanding recording tools that will outperform rivals several times their cost – at a price that won’t break your bank account.
From hand-tuned capsule through cryo-treated signal path to custom-wound transformer, every mic is designed to give you high-end sound at an unbeatable price. Our R&D process is exhaustive, including hundreds of hours of listening by our team and the finely-tuned ears of Grammy-winning industry veterans.
Polished nickel trim. Exquisite “Pinot Noir” deep gloss finish. A precision-cast Vanguard badge. Heavy-duty construction from brass, aluminum, steel, and zinc. Authentic pinewood storage boxes. We think that your mics should look as good as they sound.
100% Quality Control
You can rest easy knowing that every single microphone undergoes its final assembly and a rigorous inspection here in the USA. Additionally, all of our products are backed by a 5-YEAR WARRANTY.
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Don’t just take our word for it…here’s what some of our friends are saying.
I’ve got my fair share of classic German mics and I’ve tried a quite a few of the ‘clones’. All I can say is this mic blows away other tube LDC’s that cost thousands more. Talk about bang for your buck! I used it on three very different singers just in the past week and it sounded fantastic on each one. Loads of vibe. Sweet highs, crispy focused mids, lots of detail. Also excelled on acoustic guitar and drum overhead. This one’s a keeper!!
I have had the V13 microphone on my hands for several months. This is a revolutionary breakthrough in microphone technology and manufacturing. I do believe it will surpass any new mic on the market and also test well up against so many vintage mics from the 50s & 60s. The V13 has many desirable characteristics that remind me of some of the great classics...I own many of these great Neumanns, Gefells, Telefunkens, AKGs, RFTs and other very rare tube mics that go back to the mid 1930s. This has given me the opportunity to A-B the Vanguard V13 to some of my very favorite microphones in many applications...I can say confidently that this is an amazing microphone in any way you would choose to measure it - tonal excellence, build quality and a very conservative price point. I do believe it is a standout undeniable winner for top engineers, producers and artists who need to experience this magnitude of excellence.
5-Time Grammy-Winning Producer & Engineer (Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, John Mellencamp, Lucinda Williams, Joan Baez, DR-549, Billy Joe Shaver, Nancy Griffith...)
“Absolutely the best mic for the money. You could spend over 10 times this much on a mic that doesn’t sound this good.”
Engineer (Toto, Mariah Carey, The Pointer Sisters, Aaron Neville, David Grusin, Natalie Cole, Boz Scaggs...)
“I have been using the V13 every day since we got it months ago. We have mics that cost 20 times as much, and this is the one mic that has remained on the stand.”
“The V13 filled a void in my mic locker, a 251-style microphone I could use on vocals and acoustic guitars. It has the body I’m looking for when mic’ng the acoustic guitar with a large diaphragm mic and the sheen that makes vocals sound bright and modern, but still smooth and never harsh. A clear winner, Vanguard has created some magic here!”
Audio Engineer (Prince, Usher, Outkast, Frank Ocean, Jay-Z...)
I'm a very hard sell on new tube microphones - especially on those that fall under the 4k price range. They might sound deceivingly decent during tracking, but once you process the signal for a mix and compression and EQ are applied, the lack of warmth, naturalness, and musicality becomes super apparent and you're left with impossible problems to fix.
With Vanguard's flagship V13 tube microphone, I was pleasantly surprised! After weeks of working with and putting it up against microphones 20x it's price, I was impressed by not only it's quality but it's incredible versatility as well. I honestly could not find a source that it did not work effectively on.
I don't know what kind of voodoo goes on in the creation of these mics, but I can assure you - the V13 is a major contender at any price point. Even if you have $6-8k budgeted for your next mic purchase, give this mic a listen - you might just end up buying 10 of them.
Mastering Engineer, Producer (Cam, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond...)
“Been using the V13 on anything and everything I can put it in front of: Pianos, Guitars, both electric and acoustic, Drums, basses, strings, you name it. All I can say about the V13 is creamy highs, smooth mids and tight lows. Can’t go wrong with this mic!!”
Audio Engineer (Herbie Hancock, Briano Eno, will.i.am, Bill Withers...)
After using the Vanguard V13 on John Turri’s lead vocal, I was blown away by how good this mic is. And I don’t say this lightly…I am absolutely in love with this mic! It’s transparent, sweet, it can handle high SPL, extremely low self noise. At this price, I cannot find a single contender to the V13. A great product made by passionate and dedicated people!
Engineer & Producer
(American Sniper, June21, Gabriela Rocha, Chris Duran...)
In all of my years as a performer, producer and engineer, I have to say that the V13 is one of the most exquisite microphones I have ever used. Beautifully transparent yet both bright AND warm, especially in the upper midrange. On vocals, acoustic guitars, piano and drums, it does not disappoint. It captures every detail. This is not a gimmicky, ‘vintage’ sounding tube mic. It’s a mic for professionals. If you’re a fan of Neumann, Shoeps, Geffell and other microphones of that caliber, then put one (or two!) of these in your mic closet. And insanely, for a fraction of the price…
Recording Artist, Engineer
The V13 sounded great on female and male vocals, and I especially love the way it captures acoustic guitars. It has a nicely rounded sound with a smooth sheen to the top that gives it a wonderful and unique character. I used it a ton on acoustic and nylon string tracks for The Detour (TBS) and He's My Brother She's My Sister tracks. I also love the variety of polar pattern settings which really allows the roominess to open and close to your liking.
Composer (The Detour), Recording Artist
“This tube condenser microphone sonically represents everything a great mic should. All of the low and mid fundamentals are there with a beautiful and smooth open top end. The fit and finish is totally on point and shows great attention to detail.”
“I haven’t been this excited for a mic in a LONG time.”
“I've tried a lot of mics in under $1000 and this is #1 for sure!”
"Reminds me of the qualities that vintage mics get, but with a modern feel.”
“Super smooth especially on leads."
“The V13 is a keeper! It is well worth double!"
“Holy [bleep]. This mic is amazing.”
"It takes EQ and compression REALLY well...not that it really needs it. Sounds amazing right to tape."
And here's what some of you have told us about the V13....
“And it looks beautiful, too...”
“The build quality is solid and the fit and finish are first-rate…a high degree of detail and clarity…this mic will capture even the smallest performance nuances…My main disappointment was that I only had one V13 to check out. But at only $699, that’s an issue with a simple solution. I like that.” -George Petersen, Recording Magazine
“I found it to be very transparent with a very low noise floor…a full, well-balanced sound that worked well without EQ or compression…I had a great experience with the V13.” -Barry Rudolph, Music Connection
“[Vanguard] has taken some of the best aspects of the best microphones that money can buy and blended them into the V13….the smooth top end of the original Telefunken , the low end richness of the U47…they have done a really great job of getting the character of a lot of the great mics we would all like to have in our locker….a very, very versatile microphone. For a microphone of this quality, $699USD is staggering. Absolutely incredible price for a microphone that, quite frankly, could be THE microphone you need (or maybe a pair of them).” -James Ivey, pro-tools-expert.com