sE Electronics Voodoo VR1

Passive Ribbon Microphone
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Ribbons Rock!

sE Electronics rocks too with their Voodoo VR1 mic, which is one of the coolest, most affordable ribbon mics out there. Based on some of the innovations sE created when they made the world-famous RNR1 ribbon mic, sE Electronics designed the Voodoo VR1, an affordable, passive ribbon microphone. Designed by sE Electronics' CEO Siwei Zou, the Voodoo VR1 performs amazingly well across its 20Hz-18kHz frequency response. It can be used on an array of sound sources, and the Voodoo VR1 truly shines on acoustic instruments and guitar cabinets.

sE Electronics Voodoo VR1 Passive Ribbon Microphone at a Glance:
  • Incredible ribbon performance for an affordable price
  • One of the first full-frequency ribbon microphones
  • Designed by sE Electronics CEO Siwei Zou
Incredible ribbon performance for an affordable price

Ribbon microphones have an unmistakeable warm and true tone that is indispensable in a recording studio. Unfortunately, most ribbons are prohibitively expensive for many engineers. sE Electronics heard the calls for an affordable ribbon mic and introduced the Voodoo VR1 passive ribbon. Now you can get all of that detailed clear sound from a true ribbon mic, at a price anyone can afford.

One of the first full-frequency ribbon microphones

Before the Voodoo series was released, the only full-frequency ribbon mic was sE Electronics' own RNR1, designed in conjunction with Rupert Neve. An amazing mic in its own right, the RNR1 isn't cheap. And rightfully so. But the industry was turned on its head when sE Electronics also released the Voodoo series, claiming much of the same performance, but at a price well below the original. Thanks to an ingenious electrical circuit, you can now get that full-frequency sound for your recording budget.

Designed by sE Electronics' CEO Siwei Zou

At sE Electronics, CEO Siwei Zou is right there working with his employees designing these amazing microphones. As a classically trained musician in his own right, he knows what he wants out of a great microphone. The circuitry that is responsible for the VR1's unbelievable performance is direct from the man himself.

sE Electronics Voodoo VR1 Passive Ribbon Microphone Features:
  • High-quality and affordable passive ribbon microphone
  • Competes with high-end mics at a lower price
  • Full-frequency response is magic on detailed sources
  • Designed by company founder Siwei Zou
  • Polar Pattern: Figure 8
  • Max SPL for 0.5% THD@1000Hz: 135dB
Discover the beauty of ribbon technology with the sE Electronics Voodoo VR1 passive ribbon mic!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Ribbon
Polar Pattern Figure-8
Ribbon Type 2-micron Aluminum
Frequency Response 20Hz-18kHz
Max SPL 135dB
Self Noise 17dB (A weighted)
Connector XLR
Manufacturer Part Number Voodoo VR1

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
Based on 11 reviews
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5/5

Natural highs and open low mids

If you don't want harsh top end and want to ad low mids that are not muddy this mic is spectacular. I'm using it in combination with Brauner VM1 and it ads really nice low mids that are full and open. Great for harsh instruments also, really natural. For this price it is a gem that every engineer should have. Planning to buy second one soon.
Music background: Profesional Sound Engineer (Recording,Mixing,Mastering), Musician, Producer
5/5

Like it... a lot

Always wanted a ribbon mic but could not afford one and the thought of buying a $99 to $299 ribbon mic when the good ones are $1000+ scared me away for a long time. When I saw the sE mics, read some reviews, and saw who's using them in real-world applications, I jumped in. I am not disappointed. I purchased this as part of an "upgraded" GuitaRF recording package instead of the cheaper sE ribbon mic it comes with. My sales rep put the package together for me... the filter, SM57, this mic, two cables. I am now enjoying the best sounding guitar tracks I have ever recorded. Money very well spent! I also just recorded a voice-over (dramatic reading) for a local production with my own voice (baritone) and I really liked the results. More importantly, so did my client. But after doing that, I wish maybe I purchased the VR2 with its higher gain. My preamp was cranked pretty high to get a usable level. Luckily it's a pretty noise-free and clean preamp at those levels. No worries though, I have other mics equally well-suited to voice-over work.
5/5

MY SECRETT VOODOO

IVE GOT NO EXPERIENCE WITH OTHER VINTAGE RIBBONS BUT THIS THING HAS SMOOTHED OUT EVERYTING IVE PUT IT ON. IVE USED IT ON A FEW FEMALE R&B GOSPEL SINGERS AND IT WAS SO VERY SMOOTH. I'VE USED THIS AND A 2200 2C ON THEM AND THEYVE ALL BEEN PLEASED ON MULTIPLE OCCASSIONS. MY PHONE USUALLY RINGS A FEW TIMES A WEEK AS THEY KEEP COMING BACK FOR MORE. I'VE RECORDED UKELELES WITH THIS AND IT CAME OUT BUTTERY SMOOTH EVERYTIME WITHOUT SOME OF THE ANNOYING TRANSIENTS THAT IVE NEVER LIKED ABOUT RECORDING UKES.. EVERYTIME I MIC A GUITAR CAB I PULL THIS OUT AND USUALLY ADD IT TO A SM57 OR D2 AND A SEHHHEISER 906 OR 421. HUGE FULL SOUNDS FOR CLEAN AND DIRT. IT REALLY DOES ADD SOMETHING TO MY CLEAN DELAYED CHORUSY STUFF. I ALWAYS DOUBLETRACK MOST GUITAR STUFF AND IT ALL COMES OUT SO HUGE AND FAT ITS SHOCKING. I USE THIS WITH A FOCUSRITE CLARETTE 8 PREX, INTO AN AUDIENT ASP880, AND ALSO HAVE THE ASP800 ON THE WAY. EXTREMELY SATISFIEDTHANKS TO MATT MCKIBBLE FOR INTRODUCING ME TO SE MICS.GET THIS MIC, I RECOMMEND IT!
Music background: IMMA PLAYA
4.5/5

Little gem

I'm primarily a singer and I've never used a ribbon mic before & i have to say I was blown away. The sound is warm, sweet and detailed and made the Sennheiser dynamic mic I'd been using (no slouch) sound harsh & cheap. Haven't used it yet on any amp cabinets, but if you're looking to warm up your vocals, this mic is what you need!
Music background: Singer/ songwriter & producer
4.5/5

SE VooDoo Ribbon Microphone Review

SE VooDoo Ribbon Microphone - For the price - a "no-brainer" - buy it! I purchased the SE VooDoo ribbon microphone to balance out my multi-mic recording of various acoustic guitars of makes, models, shapes and woods. I use the ribbon a few feet out in front of the acoustic favoring the neck profile. I usually carve out some low end notched frequencies (depending on guitar) on my main condenser microphone that I use around the 12th-15th fret. As a result, I use a ribbon to provide a smooth bottom end. I run the VooDoo through the NEVE 511 both to take advantage of that NEVE transformer sound as well as the “silk” setting on the module. I will go on the record and say I have always liked the clarity of SE microphones. I must say – I was really impressed with the volume, clarity and smooth “rounded” sound of the VooDoo. It was a perfect combination with the condenser I was using. Bringing the VooDoo into the sonic signature in combination with the condenser was very pleasing to the ear. It did not take up much of the bottom frequencies – but instead brought out more of the “wood” tones from the various acoustics without having to do any negative eqing at all. I was very happy with VooDoo. No apparent noise. The output volume is so good that I actually lowered the level of the NEVE further increasing the over-all quality of the recording. I was actually using another famous brand ribbon before the VooDoo. I found the other ribbon sound to be too broad, refined and detailed in combination with the condenser – I had to carve out frequencies on both mics. I really had to listen closely to phase, etc to use both mics in the mix. The VooDoo however – was much easier to use in my application. I am really happy with the mic. Lesson learned – if you can try different set ups, mics, mic pres, eqs. etc. you will be greatly surprised how a simple change out like a different mic can make such a big difference. The VooDoo worked perfect in my application!
Music background: Acoustic Guitar, Songwriter, Audio Engineer
See also: Ribbon Mics, sE Electronics, sE Electronics Ribbon Microphones