sE Electronics Voodoo VR1 Passive Ribbon Microphone
The VR1, a passive ribbon to bring out the bite and edge from your guitar cabs with no muddy highs.
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.
VOODOO VR1 (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
"I have other ribbon microphones, and they require - for me, at least - exact placement. Pete [Thorn] said a selling point of the VR1 was that you could put it anywhere on any speaker and it would sound really, really good. I thought, that sounds exactly like what I need!"
"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) - sE Artist
"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 initially chose the Voodoo ribbon mics for their size and price point...I love the added air at the top end of the Voodoos; they deliver more high-end than traditional ribbons. The drum sounds have become very open and natural, and cymbals no longer hurt."
"I also find myself using less EQ on the overhead channel strip. And the Voodoos are also low profile enough to allow me to get the right proximity without blocking the audience or drummer’s sight lines.”
- Ryan Pickett, FOH (My Morning Jacket) - sE Artist
"These microphones are giving back a real natural sound, that's why I am using them...the Voodoo VR2 on soprano sax is a real killer - it lets the instrument sound like what it is."
- Titus Vadon - sE Artist
"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) - sE Artist
"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. - sE Artist
"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