Have you ever recorded an instrument or voice and wished that you could capture it in a more forgiving, rounder way - feeling as if the instrument had too much detail or was too erratic within your mix? You need the sE VR2 ribbon mic.
Ribbon mics like the VR2 are inherently slower to respond to sound waves than condensers, so they're simply NOT going to capture every little nuance but in the right application they capture just what you want to hear. Any time you want to tame a harsh sounding instrument (cymbals on a drumset, screaming guitar amp or a brash trumpet), you can put a ribbon mic on the job and you'll find that the instrument is rounder and smoother sounding - kind of like a soft blurring effect.
What sets the VR2 apart from other ribbon mics is that it sounds more open and honest (with an extended top end that's clear but not bright at all) and it has a hot enough output signal to be useful on anything from a loud drumset to a whispering violin. Ribbons often have very low level output signals, meaning that you either need to pair them with expensive, clean high-gain mic preamps or you may only be able to use them on loud sources. Fortunately the VR2 is as hot as your average condenser mic, so it's still useful even on quiet sources.
It is an active ribbon that can take violins and voices right to the foreground of your listener's stereo.
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.
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