sE Electronics Voodoo VR1 Reviews4.5/5.0 based on 1 customer review
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from LA, CA
August 23, 2011Music Background:
Love it on certain thingsI had a chance to hear this on several different sources up against some of my favs, like the Coles 4038, a few different Royers, an AT4080, etc. This was the most inexpensive mic in the bunch and it held its own. I know we all think of a mellow high end with any ribbon, but this one is tailored especially well. It seems like everything I hear from ribbons is either completely lacking high end content but has the warmest sound imaginable, or is eq'd internally to hype up the highs, while sacrificing a lot of the beautiful lows that makes a ribbon a ribbon. The Voodoo is a pretty good middle. The high end is extremely smooth, has plenty of detail, but not so much as to make it sound like a shrill condenser. And the bottom is rotund. On voice overs it performed extremely well. The only source I didn't absolutely love it on was woodwinds. It unfavorably makes the mechanics stick out too much. But that can easily be dealt with if you don't mind going more off-axis or eq'ing. I almost always favored this over the Royer R101, except of course with... woodwinds, where the R101 was completely opposite, very flattering. To me it never really beat the 4038, but that could just be because its what I love and am used to hearing. But it did get really close. And considering the fact that you could get two of these for the price of one Coles... its kind of a no-brainer.