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

Customer Reviews

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This thing is amazing

For the price, this little mic sounds great. Rich tone with a meaty bottom end. I use a Cloudlifter with it to boost the signal. For the price point, it cant be beat

Great On Guitars!

Just picked this mic up the other day and have only tested it on electric guitars so far. It sounds fantastic from cleans to super high gain metal. I recorded a few tracks with the Voodoo VR1, an Avantone CR14 Ribbon, and a Sennheiser e906. The Voodoo was by far my favorite. This mic is warm and natural sounding, it adds quite a bit of lows and low mids, but in a good way. The high end is still present but not harsh. Sounds great on a 2x12 when paired with a dynamic (e906) also. Definitely adding this to my setup for tracking electric guitar and can't wait to try it on other sources! If you're in the market for an "entry level" ribbon mic, do yourself a favor and get this one!


Great sound, a lot of bottom end!! I have to learn how to use that bottom better i guess
Music background: Sound Engineeer

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

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.
See also: Ribbon Mics, sE Electronics, sE Electronics Ribbon Microphones