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The VR1 is your new “secret weapon” ribbon mic, providing all the midrange magic of a traditional ribbon without sacrificing the edge of your high frequencies.
The VR1 ribbon microphone from sE marks a new era for ribbon mic technology, achieving full-range frequency response 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 VR1’s ability to perform – coupled with its unique look – has already made it a secret weapon for top musicians and engineers worldwide.
“I?m a songwriter, not an engineer, and whatever gets me there the quickest is what I?m going to use. That?s why I like this microphone – it?s a no-brainer!”
– Steve Stevens, guitarist (Billy Idol)
CUSTOM RIBBON ENCLOSURE FOR EXTENDED FREQUENCY RESPONSE
Unlike traditional ribbons, which can sometimes sound very dull in the high frequencies, the VR1’s clever mechanical design helps the mic achieve an extended frequency response that preserves the bite and edge of your guitar cabs or cymbals, while still smoothing out any harshness.
VERSATILE CUSTOM SHOCK MOUNT
The VR1’s custom-built shock mount allows not only for isolation from mechanical vibration, but also for versatile, flexible mic placement. The lower portion of the mount can be centered inside the mount for extra protection, or flip to outside the mount so the VR1 can reach underneath a snare or be pressed flat against a speaker grille cloth.
WOODEN CASE AND ACCESSORIES
Each VR1 comes complete inside a wooden presentation box, and includes a mic clip, mic stand thread adapter, and custom shock mount.
Why a handcrafted ribbon?
…because they sound better that way.
As with all of sE’s ribbons and true condensers, the VR1?s ribbon element is handcrafted and hand-tuned by skilled technicians in our own factory. This is almost unheard-of for affordable microphones, and is a great point of pride for sE.
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Generating Element: Hand-tensioned 2.5?m 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
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