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sE Electronics Voodoo VR1 Passive Ribbon Microphone (Black)

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sE Electronics Voodoo VR1 Passive Ribbon Microphone (Black)
Key Features
  • Hand-Tensioned Aluminum Ribbon
  • Figure-8 Polar Pattern
  • Passive Design
  • Classic Ribbon Sound with Extended Highs
Presented in a black finish, the sE Electronics VR1 Passive Ribbon Microphone features a hand-tensioned aluminum ribbon and passive electronics that are designed to protect the ribbon element from phantom power. It is tuned to deliver the classic sonic characteristics of ribbon mics along with the extended high-frequency traits normally associated with condenser microphones. Since it can handle high SPLs, it can be used on loud sources such as drums and guitar cabs as well as acoustic instruments.
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sE Electronics VR1 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Voodoo Series
  • 3VR1 vs VR2
  • 4Widely Used

Presented in a black finish, the sE Electronics VR1 Passive Ribbon Microphone features a hand-tensioned aluminum ribbon and passive electronics that are designed to protect the ribbon element from phantom power. It is tuned to deliver the classic sonic characteristics of ribbon mics along with the extended high-frequency traits normally associated with condenser microphones. Since it can handle high SPLs, it can be used on loud sources such as drums and guitar cabs as well as acoustic instruments.

Like most ribbons, the VR1 has a traditional figure-8 polar pattern, so it will pick up some ambient sound behind the mic. Equipped with a balanced XLR 3-pin output, the VR1 can be connected to your audio interface, mixer, or external mic preamp; one with robust gain is recommended for optimal performance. The supplied shockmount reduces vibration and stand-borne noise while providing added visual flair. A wooden case is included for safe storage between sessions.

Voodoo Series

Whereas many ribbon microphones have a dark, muted high-frequency response, the Voodoo VR1 utilizes a clever mechanical device to achieve nearly full-range frequency response that extends well beyond that of most other ribbon microphones, approaching nearly 20 kHz. This provides an extended level of top-end detail, so the result includes not only the distinctly natural lows and midrange that most ribbons provide, but also minimal loss in high-frequency content. Guitar and brass tones retain their edge, cymbals still sound rich and full, and a supremely natural sound is achieved from top to bottom.

Additionally, the VR1 can handle very-high sound pressure levels and thus can be utilized for applications not normally considered for most ribbon microphones, including loud brass, drums, and electric guitar cabinets, both in the studio and on stage.

VR1 vs VR2

The VR1 is a passive ribbon, so it does not require phantom power. However, it is "phantom-protected", so it will not be damaged by accidental application of phantom power. Given its lower output, it is ideally suited for loud sources such as electric guitars, drum overheads, and brass, or quieter sources when paired with a clean, high-gain preamp.

The VR2 is an active ribbon and requires +48V phantom power for operation. With higher sensitivity than the VR1, it is ideally suited for applications including acoustic instruments, piano, and vocals as well as the same sources as the VR1 (guitars, drums, brass).

Widely Used

Voodoo ribbon mics are used by these artists and many more 

  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Billy Gibbons
  • August Greene
  • My Morning Jacket
  • Pete Thorn
  • Steve Stevens
  • John Browne
  • Neil Cappellino
  • Linkin Park
  • Band of Horses
  • Taking Back Sunday
  • Paramore
  • Black Sabbath
  • David Hodges
UPC: 850426001736

sE Electronics VR1 Specs

Microphone
Primary ApplicationsStudio Recording
Form FactorStand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound SourcesAcoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Bass, Piano, Drums, Brass, Violin, Viola, Cello
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleRibbon
Polar PatternFigure-8
OrientationSide Address
PadNone
High-Pass FilterNone
Tone AdjustmentNone
Gain AdjustmentNone
IndicatorsNone
On-Board ControlsNone
WindscreenNone
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 18 kHz
Maximum SPL135 dB SPL (1 kHz, .5% THD)
Impedance300 Ohms
Sensitivity-55 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio75 dB
Equivalent Noise Level19 dB A-Weighted
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Headphone ConnectorNone
Power
Bus PowerNone
Physical
ColorBlack
MountingMic Clip/Stand Adapter, Shockmount (Included)
Included CaseHard Case
Included FiltersNone
DimensionsH: 5 x W: 0.77 x L: 1.3" / H: 12.7 x W: 1.96 x L: 3.3 cm
Weight8.11 oz / 230 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13.9 x 5 x 3.8"

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