"I have other ribbon microphones, and they require - for me, at least - exact placement. Pete 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! "That other ribbon mic is really dark. Usually you record it in combination with a 57 and only end up using about 25 percent of the ribbon to 75 percent of the 57. But with the VR1, sometimes I end up really favoring it in the mix. It’s a bit more forgiving than that other mic. "After trying so many different microphones for my live guitar rig with Billy Idol, I thought, why not try my sE VR1? This is a mic that i use all the time in my studio. Well, it has worked like a charm in the live situation as well. I have a three cabinet system, so now I don’t leave home without my sE collection."more
Small, heavy.well built. greater frequency response than most other ribbons.more 'air' . This was my first ribbon mic, and I don't regret getting the Voodoo when I compared with other ribbons, OR any other mic for that matter. Even though i gave it 5 stars, the shock-mount looks cool, like a suspension bridge--- but replacement of the bands is like a Chinese jigsaw puzzle ! It can be an absolute nightmare to figure out. Don't believe me? try it. So, you get a mic, shock-mount, and 'puzzle game' all in one. But seriously, I bought the mic for its sound, and this mic knocks it out of the park!
I know that a majority of the microphones which existed back in the 1950's were ribbon microphones and me liking vintage equipment, I had to have one. I use this microphone mainly for spoken word applications, but have used it for singing as well with great results. You do have to be careful though as I broke my first one by lightly banging it while on tis stand and it never worked properly ever again after that!