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Ribbons vs. Condensers: Solo Violin

Stringed instruments, especially in a classical setting, often call for your finest microphones - and a solo violin deserves the very best. But there's still the question of whether a ribbon or a condenser is going to be the right match for your track.

Violinist Cæcilie Balling with the VR2 and 4400a.

Violinist Cæcilie Balling with the VR2 and 4400a.


The 4400a is a good example of classic condenser tonality: this is typically clear, bright and detailed, with plenty of "air" and definition. A good choice for hyper-realistic recordings.



A ribbon mic like the VR2 tends to bring out the crucial midrange intricacies of a stringed instrument, while also keeping the highs mellow and controlled - ideal for any source that might potentially be too harsh.



Our unique RNR1 ribbon, designed with the legendary Mr. Rupert Neve, uses custom-designed transformers and active circuitry to find a balance between midrange magic and extended high-frequency response.

Hear all three mics here, with no compression or EQ applied, listen for the tonal differences, and think about which one you'd choose for your next session.


Happy Holidays!

As 2016 draws to a close, we want to thank you all for being fans this year. You've been amazing.

We greatly look forward to 2017, and all the good things to come - you know, like new microphones and stuff. See you in the New Year.

All the best,
The Team at sE Electronics