Voodoo VR1 Passive Ribbon Microphone
The Voodoo VR1 Ribbon microphone from sE marks a new era for Ribbon mic technology - until now the only Ribbon mic in the world to perform across 20Hz-20KHz was our own Rupert Neve collaboration, the RNR1, critically acclaimed as the best Ribbon mic in the world.
This was achieved using state of the art transformers and a Rupert Neve designed circuit board to reveal HF usually absent. The Voodoo mics however achieve full frequency response using a new mechanical device (patent pending), designed by Siwei Zou, the company CEO.
This extraordinary technical achievement allows the traditional Ribbon capsule to develop and capture frequencies from 20Hz to 20KHz like no other Ribbon on the planet. The sound is revolutionary; where the RNR1 is simply a stunning mic in its own class entirely, the Voodoo range brings traditional ribbon sound to the project and commercial studio, but extends it to perform as well as most condensers do.
The result is superbly detailed and wonderfully open and natural sounding recordings of acoustic instruments and guitar cabs. The VR1 is a 'passive' version of the VR2 active ribbon mic. The Voodoo's ability to perform, coupled with searingly good looks, is sure to make the VR1 a classic mic.
For more information on the sE ribbon mic family, visit Ribbon Microphones.
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"These ribbons are magic on overheads, I guess that's why they're called Voodoo" - Jack Douglas (Aerosmith) on the VR1's, read full interview here.
"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 using Voodoo VR1's on Linkin Park, full interview here.
- Diaphragm 2μ: aluminium ribbon
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-18KHz
- Sensitivity: 1.6mV/Pa -56 ± 1.5dB
- Polar Pattern: Figure 8
- Impedance: ≤ 300 Ohms
- Equivalent Noise Level: 17dB(A weighted)
- Max SPL for 0.5% THD@1000Hz: 135dB
- Connector: 3-pin