Shure VP88

Single-Point Stereo Condenser Mic with 3-Way Switchable Stereo Width Control
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$791.25
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Shure VP88
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Record It In Stereo with One Mic!

The VP88 is an ideal microphone for "on site" audio recording and broadcast purposes, capable of capturing the nuances and feel of location recording. Though it looks delicate, the VP88 is durable and dependable, built to withstand the wear and tear of demanding production environments. This single-point stereo condenser microphone has three switch-selectable levels of stereo width to control the degree of stereo "spread."

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Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide
How Do I Use the Shure VP88 for M/S Stereo?

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Mono/Stereo Mid-side
Polar Pattern Mid-side
Frequency Response 40Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 129dB
Output Impedance 150 ohms
Self Noise 24dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter 80Hz (-12dB/octave)
Color Black
Connector 5-pin XLR
Weight 0.82 lbs.
Included Accessories Stand Mount, Windscreen, 6V Battery, Carry Bag, Y-cable
Manufacturer Part Number VP88

Customer Reviews

5/5
Based on 4 reviews
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5/5

Beautiful Microphone

I go to a recording school and we recently got this microphone. I have been using it as an acoustic microphone and it is absolutely fantastic. It give a very warm, accurate sound that makes the guitar sound fantastic. It has very quickly become my go to microphone for acoustic MS recording.
Music background: Student Recording Engineer and Live Solo Musician.
5/5

Highly Underrated Microphone

I have used this microphone from drum overheads to stereo location recording and I cannot think of another microphone I would rather have to do the job. Used on an acoustic guitar, it's like taking blinders off. Even the Shure representative was surprised I used it on an acoustic guitar. You truly hear the entire instrument. This is definitely a "desert island" microphone.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Musician
4.5/5

fantastic microphone

If you are looking for a stereo microphone the vp88 is a tool to consider. The VP88 is a fantastic but often misunderstood microphone. It is a useful addition to any microphone locker for its flexibility. It is a great microphone for field recording and for studio applications. The VP88 features a forward facing cardioid capsule (mid - on axis) and a bi-directional (figure of eight) side facing capsule. There is a built in stereo matrix for selecting the width of the stereo field (wide, medium, narrow). In addition to the stereo options there is also a setting for recording in mid/side for the option of adjusting the stereo width in post-processing. With a mid-side decoder it is possible to precisely adjust the width of the stereo image based on the needs of your chosen application (little more room/little less room). This also provides the possibility of only using the mono signal from the forward facing capsule. I highly recommended it. It has a robust build quality and is money well spent.
Music background: Musician/Engineer
4.5/5

Great for location video too

I use this mic for live concerts, quick piano stereo, and location video. It's really five mics in one. Three stereo-using the built in m-s matrix, regular mid side for decoding in the studio, and there is the single mic option (sans the side mic) if you want, though I have other mics for that purpose, but in a pinch you could use it that way. If you are shooting video then you know that your sound needs to be mono compatible. VP88-problem solved. The "hoity toitys" will knock this baby for whatever reason, but, in the real world this thing rocks. The y adapter is short though, and that little oversight cost the Shure folks that half star I withheld. If the times I use this thing is any indicator then it wins the "run 'n gun" category.
Music background: Multimedia producer-engineer

Sweetwater Advice

Derek Senestraro

The VP88 is one of the most unique microphones I've ever encountered. The M/S encoding function is breathtaking and you can simply dial in the stereo width right there on the mic. As a studio recording engineer, I was excited to get my hands on one of these; as a sound designer, I'm impressed beyond measure.
See also: Condenser Mics, Shure, Shure Condenser Microphones, Shure Condenser Microphones