Vanguard Audio Labs V4 gen2


large-diaphragm multi-pattern FET condenser microphone

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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.
NEW FOR gen2
The new V4 gen2 3-Pattern FET mic is truly a “giant killer” …easily winning favor over much-
lauded mics in any listening comparison. As with ALL of the gen2 releases, the sonic
performance has been given a significant improvement.
● The new stainless steel body was given a size increase to allow for the larger, beefier,
audiophile-grade components to fit onto the newly designed PCB.
● The beautiful pinot noir Vanguard finish we’re known for is even more luxurious now…..totally
● We have enhanced the capsule cradle/saddle assembly, making the V4 nearly impervious to
sudden knocks and shocks.
● Vanguard has upgraded a number of key signal-path components to audiophile-grade, and
sourced them from USA makers.
● The component and circuit improvements have lowered the self-noise of the V4 gen 2 making
it one of the quietest mics ever made

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. 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
Aesthetically, the precision-machined stainless steel 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
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.

When you buy a V4, you also get a VLSM Heavy-Duty Shockmount. We wanted to rethink the
standard “spider-style” shockmount of old, and designed the VLSM with a few nifty features.
First is the open front, which allows you to position the microphone as close to the source as
necessary. Second, we install aerospace-grade suspension rings that won’t break, sag, crack,
or stretch over time. This shockmount was designed to fit any microphone with M22x1
threading, so you also can use it with a number of microphones from other manufacturers.
● 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: 200Ω
● Max SPL: appx. 135dB (145dB w/ Pad)
● Frequency Response: 20Hz-20000Hz
● Equivalent Noise Level: <=14dBA (A-weighted)
● Output Connector: Male XLR 5-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): 12″L x 11″W x 5.75″H / 305mmL x 280mmW x 146mmH
● Voltage Requirement: Phantom Power (+48V ideal)
● Final Assembly & 100% Quality Control in California, USA
● 5-Year Warranty

● VLSM Large Shockmount
● Padded Pinewood Microphone Storage Box
● Aluminum Carrying Case