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sE Electronics Voodoo VR1 Ribbon Microphone

sE Electronics Voodoo VR1 Ribbon Microphone

Regular price $399.00 USD
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The VR1 is your new "secret weapon" ribbon mic, providing all the midrange magic of a traditional ribbon without sacrificing the edge of your high frequencies.

The VR1 ribbon microphone from sE marks a new era for ribbon mic technology, achieving full-range frequency response using a clever mechanical device designed by Siwei Zou, the company CEO, and a hand-tensioned ribbon constructed by our highly specialized technicians in sE's capsule room. The result is a superbly detailed, open and natural recording of acoustic instruments and guitar cabs. The VR1's ability to perform - coupled with its unique look - has already made it a secret weapon for top musicians and engineers worldwide.

"I’m a songwriter, not an engineer, and whatever gets me there the quickest is what I’m going to use. That’s why I like this microphone - it’s a no-brainer!"

- Steve Stevens, guitarist (Billy Idol)

VR1 mic cutaway ribbon

VR1 shock mount

VR1 wooden box

CUSTOM RIBBON ENCLOSURE FOR EXTENDED FREQUENCY RESPONSE

Unlike traditional ribbons, which can sometimes sound very dull in the high frequencies, the VR1's clever mechanical design helps the mic achieve an extended frequency response that preserves the bite and edge of your guitar cabs or cymbals, while still smoothing out any harshness.

VERSATILE CUSTOM SHOCK MOUNT

The VR1's custom-built shock mount allows not only for isolation from mechanical vibration, but also for versatile, flexible mic placement. The lower portion of the mount can be centered inside the mount for extra protection, or flip to outside the mount so the VR1 can reach underneath a snare or be pressed flat against a speaker grille cloth.

WOODEN CASE AND ACCESSORIES

Each VR1 comes complete inside a wooden presentation box, and includes a mic clip, mic stand thread adapter, and custom shock mount.

Why a handcrafted ribbon?

...because they sound better that way.

As with all of sE's ribbons and true condensers, the VR1’s ribbon element is handcrafted and hand-tuned by skilled technicians in our own factory. This is almost unheard-of for affordable microphones, and is a great point of pride for sE.

VR1 guitar cab

VR1 as a room mic

VR1 on drums

FROM GUITARS

TO ROOM MICS

TO DRUM OVERHEADS

SPECIFICATIONS

Electronics: Passive

Generating Element: Hand-tensioned 2.5µm aluminum ribbon

Directional Pattern: Figure-8

Frequency range: 20 Hz - 18 kHz

Impedance: 300 Ohms

Sensitivity: 1.78 mV/Pa (-55 dB)

Max SPL: 135 dB (0.5% THD @ 1kHz)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 75 dB

Self Noise: 19 dB(A)

Matching Connectors: XLR3F

Power requirement: N/A (phantom-protected)

Weight: 230g / 8.11oz

  • Diaphragm: 2.5 aluminium ribbonFrequency Response: 20Hz-18kHzSensitivity: 1.6mV/Pa -56 1.5dBPolar Pattern: Figure 8Impedance: 300 OhmsEquivalent Noise Level: 17dB (A weighted)Max SPL for 0.5% THD@1000Hz: 135dBConnector: 3-pin XLR
  • Until the Voodoo Series, one of the only ribbon mics in the world to perform across 20Hz-20kHz was sE's own Rupert Neve collaboration, the RNR1
  • This was achieved using state-of-the-art custom transformers and a Rupert Neve-designed circuit to reveal HF usually absent
  • With the Voodoo mics, full frequency response is achieved using a clever mechanical device designed by Siwei Zou, the company CEO, and a hand-tensioned ribbon constructed by highly specialized technicians in sE's capsule room
  • The result is a superbly detailed, open and natural recording of acoustic instruments and guitar cabs
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