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Includes Hemisphere mic modeling plug-in.

Get pro stereo recordings with Hemisphere mic modeling.

With the SP-1 Standard Pencil Microphone Pair and Hemisphere mic modeling software, you can record acoustic instruments, drums and percussion, and live performances in stereo, with pristine fidelity for instant album-quality sound.

Get Album-Ready Stereo Sound

As a matched stereo pair, SP‑1s add clarity, width, and dimension to your recordings. Whether it’s tight X/Y patterns or spaced pairs, combine them how you want and hear the detail in your instrument like never before.

Authentic Mic Modeling Made Simple

Using the same award-winning tech as our UA Sphere modeling microphones, the free Hemisphere mic modeling plug-in gives you the authentic sound of iconic mics from AKG and Neumann — in realtime with Apollo or natively in your DAW.* You can also shape the sound of your recordings using filter, proximity effect, and axis controls — even after tracking.

Learn more about Hemisphere Mic Modeling

Capture Your Best Recordings, Anywhere

The SP-1’s classic cardioid design, high SPL tolerance, and smooth, clear top-end deliver consistently clean capture of acoustic guitars, drum overheads, percussion, horns, and more — at any volume, in any environment.

Find Your Sound, with Style

We engineered the SP-1 pair to be your everyday choice for stereo recording. With a retro finish and road‑worthy build, these stylish condensers are a serious studio upgrade, with vintage elegance for days.

Own the SP-1 Standard Pencil Mics? Click here to register your mic and get Hemisphere mic modeling software

Small-diaphragm condenser stereo mic pack for studio and live use

Get the sounds of iconic small-diaphragm condenser mics with Hemisphere mic modeling

Cardioid polar pattern rejects off‑axis sounds and room noise

Perfectly matched pair for accurate stereo recordings

Shape drums, guitars, and more with SP‑1 Apollo Channel Strip Presets

Includes mic clips, foam windscreens, stereo T‑bar mount, and travel case

Quality UA craftsmanship and stylish, rugged build

*Hemisphere plug-in available upon product registration. All trademarks are property of their respective owners and used only to represent the microphones and sound treatment modeled as part of the Hemisphere software

Customer Reviews

SP-1 Standard Pencil Microphones

Overall Rating


D. Frankhuizen

January 21, 2024

Good sounding mics, just need a little overhaul (noisy noisy noise)

I have to use extremely high quality cables (equal to the mic value) when working with these mics as they are so fussy and noisy. When they are working and the sound is clean, they are great.

J. Persson

October 5, 2023

Sp1, both faulty when delivered brand new

A disappointing first impression of these mics. The quality control isn’t what I expect from UA. I use several of their various units, digital and analogue, and am otherwise very happy with those. Regarding the mics, one was profoundly noisy and scratchy and on the other the XLR connection didn’t want to latch even under force, so these have gone back and it’s unlikely I’ll get another pair as I feel I don’t have much trust in their construction.

A. Holbert

June 1, 2023

These Mic's are incredible

You can find this quality of Pencil Mic's for This price! They sound amazing!

B. Sattler

February 15, 2023

For the price I love them

I'm changing my review to 5 star as my Sp-1s were faulty and replaced. I just got done testing them on several different acoustic guitars and they sounded great. Even using just 1 of these to mic an acoustic sounded brilliant. My ear isn't as trained as many here but what I hear I loved.

B. Sattler

February 14, 2023

Tentative 3 star

I just spent 1 hour with a new pair of these and they are picking up an extreme amount of noise even when the preamp is at 0%. The noise isn't similar as one of the pencil mics is picking up 3 times more than the other one. My studio is treated and these is nothing that a microphone can pick up. I've changed out the cables to several different brands and used two different apollos (the X8 and the MKII) and the issue is on both. I've even plugged in other highly sensitive condenser microphones which are working perfectly. I'll change my review once I hear back and if mine are just faulty.

P. Angulo

January 10, 2023

New overhead mics!

I just swapped my large condenser mics to the SP-1's and I'm so happy I did, normally I prefer large capsules but these sound amazing. Can't wait to try it on other instruments!

M. Frey

October 1, 2022

Clear, detailed, neutral sound.

Exactly what I want in an SDC—playback sounds like what I was hearing in the room!

f. znr

August 12, 2022


Unfortunately, there are no usable data sheets or diagrams on the frequency response or directionality of the microphones. Information that should be expected even in this price range.
UA should definitely provide a reasonable datasheet here as soon as possible.


July 20, 2022

cif yo

Better than Neumann Km184? How many kilotons? No Lab? wtf?