The VR ribbon microphones from sE mark a new era for ribbon mic technology.
Until the VR Series, the only ribbon mic in the world to perform across 20Hz-20kHz was our own Rupert Neve collaboration, the RNR1. This was achieved using state-of-the-art custom transformers and a Rupert Neve-designed circuit to reveal HF usually absent.
With the VR mics, full frequency response is achieved using a clever mechanical device designed by Siwei Zou, the company CEO, and a hand-tensioned ribbon constructed by our highly specialized technicians in sE's capsule room.
The VR1, a passive ribbon to bring out the bite and edge from your guitar cabs with no muddy highs.
"I have other ribbon microphones, and they require - for me, at least - exact placement. Pete [Thorn] said a selling point of the VR1 was that you could put it anywhere on any speaker and it would sound really, really good. I thought, that sounds exactly like what I need!"
"I’m a songwriter, not an engineer, and whatever gets me there the quickest is what I’m going to use. That’s why I like this microphone - it’s a no-brainer!"
- Steve Stevens, guitarist (Billy Idol) - sE Artist
"The VR1 is a fantastic ribbon. I used it this year on everything from sousaphone in New Orleans with Metric to electric guitar cabinets and drums at Electric Lady with The Kills. It's extremely true to the sound source and could handle the SPL’s of a rocket engine!"
- John O'Mahony, Mixer / Producer (Vance Joy, Sarah Bareilles, Coldplay, Metric) - sE Artist