Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone

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4.6

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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
Series .
Model VR88

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SamsonVR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone
 
4.7

(based on 36 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good audio (9)
  • Durable (5)
  • Good price / value (4)
  • Sound quality (4)
  • Clean (3)

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    Best Uses

    • Recording (12)
    • Home studio (6)
    • Studio (4)
    • Guitar cab (3)
    • Professional recording (3)
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    5.0

    VR88 Takes all you can give it

    By 

    from Indianapolis, IN

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Great price
    • High Gain Input
    • Low noise

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Guitar Cab

      Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

      What a great mic for the price! Set this gem in front of your guitar cab and crank up the gain to get a recording that represents the true shredder in you.

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      5.0

      Amazing recorded sound quality

      By 

      from Sarasota, FL

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Natural sound
      • Pro Quality
      • Ribbon Mic
      • Velocity Ribbon
      • Warm tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

          This product is terrific I the studio, producing life like warm tones and even making me sound better than real life. An amazing package deal and I highly recommend it for your studio needs.

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          4.0

          Classic Feel You can Afford

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          from Bradenton FL

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Case Included

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Recording

            Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

            This Microphone is excellent for producing those old big band sounds of the 30's and 40's. I've used it to reproduce old radio brodacsts for film. The case was very handy due to my on the go schedule. I don't regret picking up this mic, and still have some more projects I'm excited to use it with.

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            4.0

            The most cost-effective ribbon mic

            By 

            from Phoenix

            Staff Reviewer

            Pros

            • price

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

                The VR88 is a great option for the studio looking to experiment with ribbon mics, but cannot swallow the price of higher-end 4 digit ribbons that dominate the market.

                Ribbon Mics add a very unique and identifiable sound that all studios should be able to offer, but many starting studios lack the finances to be able to afford a quality ribbon mic without sacrificing other pieces of gear that get daily use.

                The VR88 solves this problem by offering the very dark, delicate sound of a ribbon mic in a super affordable price that makes it easy to add to a studio build and not worry about what you'll have to cut.

                The ribbon sound isn't for every application, but for those application that it is appropriate for, the VR88 will shine well.

                I'm a Sales Associate at Sam Ash in Phoenix

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                4.0

                Ribbon Mic Amazing

                By 

                from Hollywood, CA

                Verified Reviewer

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                  Cons

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                      Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

                      A ribbon microphone for $399? Sounds too good to be true..... but the Samson VR88 is truly a diamond in the rough. This mic features a ribbon instead of a diaphragm, with makes it a great instrument microphone. I've used the VR88 to record acoustic guitar and ukelele, and they both sound incredible! As if I recorded in a full professional studio.... It provides a very warm sound for acoustic guitar and vocals, which help to create an overall identity in your musical style. I would recommend it to anyone looking to take advantage of this amazing ribbon mic technology in their home studio.

                      I am a sales associate at Sam Ash Hollywood

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                      4.0

                      Good Job Samson

                      By 

                      from Queens, NY

                      Pros

                      • Easy to use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Studio Recording

                        Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

                        It's the best Samson recording microphone to date. This versatile ribbon microphone delivers crisp recordings. It's got a cool sleek look that's sure to bring attention to your home studio.

                        I am a staff reviewer for Sam Ash Music

                         
                        5.0

                        RIBBONS ROCK!

                        By 

                        from lyndhurst ohio

                        Staff Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Affordable
                        • Detailed
                        • Smooth

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Guitar Cabs
                          • Overheads
                          • Vocals

                          Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

                          An excellent addition to any mic locker! if your having trouble finding a microphone on a source and condensers are just too harsh this is smooth microphone for you! its very smooth with out sounding overly dark. Great on guitar cabs, vocals overheads you name it!

                          I am a reviewer for samash @ samash Lyndhurst

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                          5.0

                          Ribbon Mic? YES!!!!

                          By 

                          from Southern California

                          Staff Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Build
                          • Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Recording

                            Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

                            The Samson VR88 offers superior sound with pro levels features. Smooth responsive frequency handling makes this ideal for all vocals including higher level ranges and low ranges. Works well with instruments and large chambers such as a piano. I am a sales associate @ Sam Ash Ontario.

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                            5.0

                            Great Mic for Recording

                            By 

                            from Bradenton, FL.

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Istrument
                              • Recording
                              • Vocal

                              Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

                              This is a Great mic for all recording purposes

                              I am a Sam Ash Music Associate

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                              • No
                               
                              4.0

                              sound quality

                              By 

                              from ontario, ca

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Guitar Cab

                                  Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

                                  I'm a sales associate at Sam Ash Ontario

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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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