The sE Electronics VR1 Passive Ribbon Microphone with Shockmount and case is Rockin’ Instruments pick for one of the best value and impeccable results for your money.
Until the VR Series, the only ribbon mic in the world to perform across 20Hz-20kHz was sE Electronic’s 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, sE Electronic’s CEO, and a hand-tensioned ribbon constructed by highly specialized technicians in sE's capsule room. The result is a superbly detailed, open and natural recording of acoustic instruments and guitar cabs and since the RNR1 runs about $1,300 - $2,000, at $399 the VR1 is an amazing affordable option.