"These ribbons are magic on overheads."
- Jack Douglas, Producer/Engineer (Aerosmith, John Lennon) -

There's a Voodoo for whatever you do.

The VR1, a passive ribbon to bring out the bite and edge from your guitar cabs with no muddy highs.

The VR2, an active ribbon that can take violins and voices right to the foreground of your listener's stereo.

The Voodoo ribbon microphones from sE mark a new era for ribbon mic technology.

Until the Voodoo Series, the only ribbon mic in the world to perform across 20Hz-20kHz was our 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 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 Voodoo's ability to perform - coupled with its unique look - have already made it a secret weapon for thousands of players worldwide.

 

SOME VOODOO USERS:

Queens of the Stone Age

Billy Gibbons

My Morning Jacket

Pete Thorn

Steve Stevens

Neil Cappellino

Linkin Park

Band of Horses

Paramore

Black Sabbath

 
 

Watch Pete Thorn (guitarist for Chris Cornell, Melissa Etheridge, & more) give an overview of the VR1 (and RN17):

 

Hear the VR1 on both guitar and bass cabinets in this video review from our friends at GEAR GODS:

 
SPECIFICATIONS
 
 

VOODOO VR1 (passive)

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


 
 

VOODOO VR2 (active)

Electronics: Active

Generating Element: Hand-tensioned 2.5µm aluminum ribbon

Directional Pattern: Figure-8

Frequency range: 20 Hz - 18 kHz

Impedance: 200 Ohms

Sensitivity: 10 mV/Pa (-40 dB)

Max SPL: 135 dB (0.5% THD @ 1kHz)

Signal to Noise Ratio: 76 dB

Self Noise: 18 dB(A)

Matching Connectors: XLR3F

Power requirement: 48V Phantom

Weight: 400g / 14.11oz

 
USER QUOTES

"I put it on a guitar amp and it sounded beautiful, it just sounded huge - almost too big for my live mix."

- Lance Reynolds, FOH Engineer (Alt-J) - sE Artist


"If you like the idea of a ribbon sound but find traditional ribbon mics a touch too dull, the Voodoos might just win you over. Both mics respond well to EQ and their smooth‑but‑extended top end might see them being used in situations where you'd normally pick a capacitor model."

- Paul White, Sound On Sound (full review)


"The VR1 is a fantastic ribbon. I used it this year on everything from sousaphone in New Orleans with Metric to electric guitar cabinets and drums at Electric Lady with The Kills. It's extremely true to the sound source and could handle the SPL’s of a rocket engine!"

- John O'Mahony, Mixer / Producer (Vance Joy, Sarah Bareilles, Coldplay, Metric) - sE Artist


"These ribbons are magic on overheads."

- Jack Douglas, Producer/Engineer (Aerosmith, John Lennon)


"I am currently using the Voodoo VR1 on guitars, and really enjoying the sound, they have a really nice EQ characteristic to them that helps them punch through my mix - a game changer! I use them in combination with speaker DI's and the two really marry well together."

- Ken "Pooch" Van Druten, FOH (Linkin Park)


"Fantastic guitar microphone! It captures the true sound of the amp in the room, without any additional color added. Smooth mid-range with no additional EQ needed. I used it on the 'Guitars For Wounded Warriors' release featuring my friends Billy Sheehan, Steve Morse, Gary Hoey, Chris Poland, Hal Lindes and Bumblefoot."

- Brian Tarquin, BHP Music Ltd.


"The VR mics immediately reveal their extended HF range, especially when placed alongside other ribbon mics. In fact they would stand out less in among a set of condensers." 

- Robbie Stamp, Future Music / Music Radar (full review)


 

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