Universal Audio has introduce its first microphone lineup in the company’s storied 60 year history.

Befitting a company with roots in both analog and digital audio recording, UA microphones include world class UA Bock tube microphones handmade in Santa Cruz, California; the award-winning Sphere L22 Modeling Microphone with its ability to accurately emulate 34 classic studio mics; and new Standard Series microphones designed for home recordists, serious podcasters and content creators.

“We’re excited to bring UA’s audio expertise to microphones, and to bring something new to the table,” said Bill Putnam, CEO/Founder of Universal Audio. “With Bock, Sphere, and the new Standard Series mics, there’s a UA mic within reach of every serious creator — ready to inspire great recordings, performances, and content for a lifetime.”

UA Bock

Handmade in Santa Cruz, the new flagship UA Bock mics represent a trio of premium tube and FET based models designed by vintage mic authority David Bock, who joined the UA team with the purchase of his Bock Audio brand in 2020.

“The UA Bock mics are the best-sounding and most beautiful mics I’ve had the pleasure of designing over my long career,” confirmed Bock.

“These mics are going to have discriminating singers, producers, and audio engineers smiling from ear to ear.”


The accessible Standard Series mics feature two proven designs destined to become workhorses in serious production spaces: the SD 1 Dynamic mic for vocal and broadcast / podcast applications, and the SP 1 Pencil Condenser mics for easy stereo recording of instruments and live performances.

On the digital side, with the technology acquisition of Townsend Labs Inc. in 2021, UA is excited to welcome proprietary Sphere Modeling Microphone technology and modeling guru Chris Townsend to the UA team — aligning with UA’s market leading UAD audio plug in platform.

UA Sphere L22

All UA Microphones include presets designed to deliver album and broadcast ready sound with the company’s award winning Apollo audio interface range.

Select UA microphones are now shipping to UA dealers worldwide.

Standard Series

  • Standard SD-1 Dynamic Mic: $299 USD MAP (now shipping).
  • Standard SP-1 Pencil Mic (Pair): $399 USD MAP (Summer 2022).

Sphere L22 Modeling Microphone

  • Sphere L22 Modeling Microphone: $1,499 USD MAP (now shipping).

UA Bock Series

  • UA Bock 187 Large-Diaphragm FET Condenser: $1,249 USD MAP (Fall 2022).
  • UA Bock 167 Large-Diaphragm Tube Condenser: $2,999 USD MAP (Fall 2022).
  • UA Bock 251 Large-Diaphragm Tube Condenser: $5,999 USD MAP (Fall 2022).

UA Standard Series and UA Bock microphones include presets for use with UA Apollo audio interfaces.

More information: Universal Audio