Great sound, a lot of bottom end!!
I have to learn how to use that bottom better i guess
Great sound, a lot of bottom end!!
I have to learn how to use that bottom better i guess
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.
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.
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 SATISFIED
THANKS TO MATT MCKIBBLE FOR INTRODUCING ME TO SE MICS.
GET THIS MIC, I RECOMMEND IT!
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!
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!
Bought this with a Cloudlifter CZ instead of the Neve 5017 combo that Sweetwater recommends. I am loving this mic. It has a flatter, smoother, brighter response than most other ribbons which was what I was hoping for.
It is not super warm due to a lack of high frequency response. No matter, it sounds great on an upright bass, mic cabs and booming bass voices (mine) that other mics can't handle. The design has a piece of metal in front of the ribbon—you can see it as part of the grille. This helps protect the mic from 'plosives that may tear the ribbon (still, use a pop filter). It's my new fave for voice over work and has replaced my trusty Shure 315 for the bass.
It is a passive ribbon. This means that, if you don't have a high gain preamp, you'll wish you did. If you have great mic pres and only need a clean boost, the Cloudlifter will do the trick. Although the 1 will work, I chose the CZ because it has switchable 12/25dB boost and variable impedance (this will make many dynamic mics come to life with modern mic pres, too).
Other reviews have complained about the low output. It is typical of a passive ribbon. The VR2 is the active version but I am glad I got this one instead.
The body is not that much longer than the ribbon. It is a small mic which I also like. Having all of the electronics outside is part of the appeal. It does not need the huge grille work that nearly all other ribbons have.
One reviewer wrote, "…you receive an ok wooden box that fits the mic and clip, then outside of that is the shock mount in a white cardboard box." Yea, that's weird as the shock mount is designed for these mics and are not the generic versions you see with so many others in this price range.
Love it. I have several mics in my studio. From the usual suspects like SM 57 and 58 to several condenser mics. I have one other ribbon mic and they are my first choice for vocals and acoustic guitars. This mic is my personal favorite. It sounds silky and warm. Will be investing in more SE mics in the future. Hand made, quality mics at affordable prices.
I picked up one of these to help translate my wife's airy voice, which can come out a bit brittle on LDCs (set to harp and double bass - LDC's have been fine for rock recordings). The VR1 has worked great, so much so that I decided to pick up a second to be able to use them for stereo drum overheads as well. I recently tracked a live amplified rehearsal of her rock band, using these as drum overheads, and I was very pleased. I was also surprised by their side-rejection as the band was loud and close by but these were really focused on the drum though maybe 3-4 ft above the set.
I had the joy years ago to use the Cole 4038 regularly, but never had a pair or even tried mono drum overhead with it, so I can't compare its use on drums. But for vocals, the VR1 seems similar, though maybe not as dark/warm. The high end is smooth as advertised and reviewed by others - not hyped.
My one complaint about the product would be this - you receive an ok wooden box that fits the mic and clip, then outside of that is the shock mount in a white cardboard box. They didn't go through great expense to make this light wooden box - but it would be an improvement if they extended it 4 inches to hold the shockmount, too!
I 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.
I would say that when I first got the Voodoo vr1 I was a little weary of this little mic's capabilities , but when I plugged it into the Ruper Neve 511 mic pre, I was really amazed at how well this little mic translated. I've only tried it on electric guitar using a tube amp , and If you use the shure sm57 at the same time , WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!! Ok well that is all the pro's , the cons I have about this mic when I first got it was that there was some gunky looking stuff inside of it , and it had a dent on the one of the side screens . Not ideal quality for the price , And also the knobs on the shock mount are Junk . Thanks , Sweetwater ! Remember this mic is only good for entry level . go with the vr2 , for a fatter tone.
I find the range of frequencies are well covered and has a warm sound, needs a good preamp to give good levels
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