Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone

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4.9

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With a sharp new look and superior sound reproduction, the VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone represents Samson’s commitment to bringing you the very best microphones.

Samson’s VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone combines traditional ribbon technology with the precision and versatility of advanced condenser microphone head-amplifier electronics. It’s a pro-level mic option for a variety of live and studio situations, including miking soft, delicate sounds or warming up digital recordings.

The VR88 features a low mass, 2.5-micron aluminum ribbon suspended within an intense neodymium field, producing a warm and natural response that is silky smooth from top to bottom. The microphone is equipped with a bidirectional (figure-8) pickup pattern with excellent off-axis rejection. The VR88’s FET amplifier and transformer provide the high output and stabilized source impedance necessary for compatibility with any mic pre amplifier.

In addition, The VR88 produces a smooth, extended frequency response and is capable of handling high SPLs of up to 137dB, making it an excellent choice for miking vocals, acoustic instruments and even electric guitars.

The quality of the VR88 compares to the most highly regarded classic ribbon microphones found in top recording studios. For this reason, its rugged die cast constructed body, as well as a shockmount, comes in a protective carry case.

Features:
  • Low mass, 2.5-micron aluminum ribbon microphone
  • Ideal for miking soft, delicate sounds or warming up digital recordings
  • Strong neodymium magnets, precision electronics provide increased sensitivity, low self-noise
  • Bidirectional (figure-8) pickup pattern with excellent off-axis rejection
  • Smooth, extended frequency response of 20Hz-20kHz
  • Handles high SPLs of up to 135dB
  • FET amplifier and transformer provide increased output, stabilized source impedance for compatibility with any mic preamp
  • Rugged die-cast construction
  • Includes shockmount and carry case

Things You Will Get:

    VR88 Mic
    Shockmount
    Carry Case
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Model VR88

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SamsonVR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone
 
4.9

(based on 13 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (3)
    • Professional recording (3)
    • Recording (3)
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    5.0

    Great Ribbon Mic by Samson

    By 

    from King of Prussia Pa

    Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

    This microphone will bring you that vintage warm sound that everyone looks for in a ribbon microphone.

    I am a Sam Ash reviewer.

     
    5.0

    Excellent Ribbon Mic

    By 

    from Forest Hills, NY

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Excellent Pickup Quality
    • Huge Dynamic Range
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Instruments
      • Professional Recording
      • Vocals

      Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

      This mic is superb. It has a wide capture range that clearly picks up even the softest and most delicate sounds, as well as loud sounds such as drums without spiking. It also eliminates unwanted self-noise and interference using its advanced magnet system. This is a great choice for both home and professional studios.

      I am a staff reviewer for Sam Ash in Forest Hills, NY.

       
      5.0

      Toasty Warm

      By 

      from Ontario, CA

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Great Sound quality
      • Power
      • price

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Recording

        Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

        Eventhough ribbon mics tend to be warm, this one really is! It's perfect for instruments where you need to emphasize the low end. This mic sounds great as a pair in front of a drum kit. The mic emphasizes the kick drum and rounds out the tom toms nicely. This mic also works well with percussion items as well. ie: bongos, congas, cajons, etc.. Its great for guitar and lower vocals as well....didn't want to leave those out.

        The bonus to this mic is that there is a phantom power booster inside so not to worry about needing a quiet preamp. That can be a great bargain at this price point. Samson's first ribbon mic sounds really good and it is obvious very well constructed. The mic comes with a versatile shockmount and a 20ft right angle xlr cable. By far the best ribbon for under $1000 and should be in everyones toolbox.

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        5.0

        Awesome Ribbon Mic under 1000 bucks!

        By 

        from Torrance

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Great sound
        • Inexpensive

        Cons

        • Can be fragile

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Recording
        • Studio

        Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

        Ribbon mics are great for recording just about anything but they can be really expensive. Samson truly out did themselves on this microphone. Very warm microphone and amazing frequency response. Samson also toughened the ribbon up a little bit, so if gets accidentally hit by a singer getting down in the studio you won't have a panic attack that your 2,000 dollar ribbon got broken.

        I am a sales associate @ Sam Ash Torrance

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        • No
         
        4.0

        Captures with Great Detail!

        By 

        from carle place, ny

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Crystal clear
        • Extended Frequency Range
        • Warm

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Recording
          • Professional Recording
          • Versatile Instrument Mic

          Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

          This microphone captures every detail and subtle nuance of the vocal which makes it a valuable resource in any studio. To be able to capture a slight inflection that may be the most important to the phrase is HUGE. Most mic's wont give you that presence in your mix; that is where this mic excels. Great on acoustic instruments, especially piano, this piece has a great variety of uses.

          I am a sales associate @ Sam Ash, Carle Place

           
          5.0

          Active ribbon microphone

          By 

          from Carle Place, NY

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Active
          • Great sound
          • Ribbon

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Pro Sound
            • Studio Recordings

            Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

            The neodymium magnets within the microphone provide it with increased sensitivity and precision. This is a ribbon microphone that requires phantom power. The SPL reaches 135 db. As a ribbon microphone it's a great buy for it's price. I am a sales associate at sam ash

             
            5.0

            AMAZING!

            By 

            from Queens NYC

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Great sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Studios

              Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

              An Affordable Ribbon mic, that sounds great! The tonal structure is on the warmer side overall, but the mic retains a nice smooth high end. Perfect for rounding out brighter guitar tones, or capturing depth in vocals performances or acoustic instruments. In a stereo pair this mic would be killer for overheads as well!

              I am a sales associate at Sam Ash Forest Hills

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              • Yes
               
              5.0

              That Clean Ribbon Sound

              By 

              from Torrance

              Verified Reviewer

              Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

              Combines traditional ribbon technology with the versatility of advanced condenser microphone head-amplifier electronics. It's a pro-level mic option for a live as well as studio situations. Warm and clean sound.

              I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash

               
              5.0

              Now This is the one

              By 

              from Cincinnati,OH

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • durability
              • Sound quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Pro Studio
                • Recording

                Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

                The absolute best sounding ribbon mic for under $1000. I was blown away when i compared these at the store side by side with the likes of Neumann and Blue. If you want that vintage warmth and direct tone check this one out. I fell in love with mine and want 3 more. Samson really did it's best with this ribbon mic! I am A staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

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                • No
                 
                5.0

                Affordable great studio mic!

                By 

                from Queens, NY

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Accessories
                • Affordable
                • Durable
                • Sound quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Pro Studio

                  Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

                  The VR88 is a great ribbon mic at an even better price. This isn't as fragile as other ribbon mics, it is definitely more durable. It even comes with a hardcore case to keep it protected between sessions. It's good for vocals and acoustic instruments as well as being a room mic and overhead drum mic.

                  I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music

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                  The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for One year and labor for One year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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