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Lauten Audio LS-208 review: Flexible workhorse mic

In this review, I’ll be testing the Lauten Audio LS-208 end-address large-diaphragm condenser microphone.

Lauten Audio is a small, family-owned company that has been making unique boutique microphones since around 2006. Let’s see what they’ve managed to pull off with the LS-208.

Lauten Audio LS-208 with shockmount
Lauten Audio LS-208 and shockmount | Image: Higher Hz

Final verdict on the Lauten LS-208 4.8

The LS-208 is an incredible microphone, boasting a performance that is equally neutral and versatile.

It seems that Lauten Audio has taken everything there is to love about the Electro-Voice RE20 and expanded upon the basic principles of its performance.

If you need a workhorse mic, there’s not much better for the price.

What I like

  • Flat frequency response.
  • High/low-pass filters make it fairly flexible.
  • Excellent off-axis rejection.
  • Great at capturing louder sound sources.
  • Built like a tank.

What I don’t like

  • Moderately expensive.
  • May require an external preamp.
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Why you should trust me

Brandon Schock, writer at Higher Hz

I’ve worked with a diverse spectrum of gear over my decade spent in the field of audio production and engineering, both in the studio environments and on live productions.

Working with names such as Shure, AKG, Neumann, and Sennheiser, among many others, has lent me nuanced insights into the practical application of audio equipment, and what value it provides users ranging from novice to seasoned professionals.


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Polar pattern and frequency response

The Lauten Audio LS-208 is a cardioid microphone with a reported frequency response of 20 Hz – 20 kHz.

While its appearance is that of a microphone fit more for broadcast or podcasting, I found it to be incredibly useful in the studio.

Its max SPL of 135 dB, making it a good candidate for louder sound sources such as large bass cabinets, drums, or brass.

Its frequency response is incredibly flat, leaving its performance somewhat reminiscent of the Electro-Voice RE20, although the LS-208 is even flatter in comparison.

It begins to gradually drop off around 50 Hz, and has slight peaks around 6.5 kHz and 12.5 kHz, before finally dropping off again at 15 kHz.

Lauten Audio LS-208 microphone
Lauten Audio LS-208 microphone | Image: Higher Hz

The Lauten LS-208 is also incredibly good at off-axis rejection, and can function as a capable top-snare mic without picking up the hi-hats.

This microphone features 50 Hz and 120 Hz high pass filters, as well as 8 kHz and 10 kHz low pass filters, which is fairly unusual. This allows for even more flexibility to what would already be considered a workhorse mic.

I should mention that the LS-208 has a high output impedance of 150 ohms, meaning that you may want to give some thought to investing in a decent external preamplifier if you don’t already have one. This is a fairly gain-hungry microphone.

Vocals 4.0

While the LS-208 isn’t the brightest microphone out there, it can be a good option for a variety of different vocal types and styles.

Its flat response allows for a neutral sound, which can then be processed rather easily, and its several dedicated filters also give it even more flexibility for studio vocals.

Lauten Audio LS-208 with windscreen
LS-208 microphone with windscreen | Image: Higher Hz

While it could feasibly work as a live microphone, it is incredibly gain-hungry and heavy. So, probably best to go with your classic SM58 rather than lugging the LS-208 around along with a preamp.

Acoustic guitars 3.5

The Lauten Audio LS-208 could potentially be good for recording acoustic guitars, although you might be better off with a different condenser or a ribbon microphone if you want to capture more of your guitar’s character.

Guitar amps 5.0

Recording electric guitar amplifiers is one of the perfect applications for this microphone, as it can handle loud sound sources while maintaining a neutral response. I was very satisfied with the results.

Bass amps 4.6

Again, its high SPL and neutral response come in handy when recording larger bass cabinets.

While it can still pick up many of the lower frequencies necessary for recording bass, it may be better to use it in addition to a more suitable microphone like the Shure Beta 52A or something similar.

The LS-208 is perfectly capable on its own but even better as a secondary microphone for detail and tone.

Drums 4.0

Its high SPL and stellar off-axis rejection make the Lauten LS-208 a great candidate for recording drums.

Its wide frequency response also makes it fairly flexible and can work well for kicks, toms, or top and bottom snare. As a top-snare microphone, I was surprised how much hi-hat it was able to reject.

Lauten Audio LS-208 on microphone stand
Lauten Audio LS-208 on microphone stand | Image: Higher Hz

It is rather bulky though, so for this specific application, it might be fair to expect the drum to give it a few accidental whacks.

Build quality 5.0

The LS-208 is built like a tank and weighs in at about one pound. The microphone is all business and no-frills, coming in an all-black finish with a simple hard case.

Compared to other microphones

As much as I like the Lauten Audio LS-208, here are a few microphones to compare against it.

Lauten LS-208 vs Electro-Voice RE20

The performances of both mics are eerily similar, as both showcase a flat frequency response and a high SPL.

While the RE20 is an iconic microphone, the LS-208 seems to have taken its formula and heightened it with a wider response and more frills.

The only drawback is that the Lauten Audio mic is more expensive. Either way, these are two excellent microphones.

Lauten Audio LS-208 vs Shure SM7B

The SM7B is a wonderful microphone for broadcasting and can be a good fit when used in several other applications.

It is far more affordable, sitting around the $400 mark, but it is far more geared to recording vocals than anything else.

Lauten Audio LS-208 vs Audio-Technica BP40

Similar thoughts as to the SM7B, although the BP40 has an insane max SPL of 450 ohms, so not having a good external preamp at your disposal isn’t an option.

Who is the Lauten Audio LS-208 best suited for?

The Lauten Audio LS-208 is a great microphone for anybody trying to up their drum recording game or their recording game in general.

It’s an absolute workhorse and can be used in a plethora of different applications without much variance in the quality of its performance.

See current price at: SweetwaterAmazon

Recent updates

  • April 18, 2024: I’ve updated the text for clarity, fixed minor inconsistencies, and made improvements to the review structure to suit the latest standard.
  • July 4, 2022: I published the original review based on my experience with the microphone during the recent tests and compared it to three other mics.