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5.0

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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
 
5.0

(based on 8 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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      5.0

      Toasty Warm

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      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

        AMAZING!

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        from Queens NYC

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        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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          5.0

          That Clean Ribbon Sound

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          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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            5.0

            Affordable great studio mic!

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            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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              5.0

              Impressive Ribbon Sound

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              from Chicago, IL

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Ribbon Mic
              • Warm sound
              • Well built

              Cons

              • Requires Phantom Power

              Best Uses

              • Home Recording
              • Live use
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

              After testing out this mic I was extremely impressed in the way it handles. Not only is it a solid build but the way the ribbon mic captures the source is incredibly accurate. It has a warm yet dark sound with a nice silky top end. Would be great as a stereo pair. Don't let the price tag steer you away from this mic, it is certainly worth the money.

              I am a product reviewer for Sam Ash Buffalo Grove, IL

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              5.0

              Ribbons for the vocaly gifted

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              from Queens, NY

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Great sound
              • Unbeatable price

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Recording Soft Sources

                Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

                I had a vocalist with a particular request: she wanted to record on a ribbon mic. Apparently its what worked best for her soft and gentle voice, and that was advice given to her by an esteeemed colleague. So I went out and took a chance on this guy. Well here I am a few dozen songs later and I gotta say, ive never been a fan of ribbon mics but when used on the right voice, they sound pretty darn amazing. I would recommend this for any female vocalists.
                I am a sales associate @ Sam Ash Queens.

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                5.0

                SAMSON RIBBON MIC

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                from SPRINGDALE OH

                Comments about Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone:

                A RIBBON MIC UNDER $400 !!!! SURPRISINGLY I LOVE THIS RIBBON MIC. CLEAR AND DURABLE (STILL A RIBBON AND HAVE TO BE CAREFUL..THATS WHY YOU GET THE SAM ASH WARRANTY THOUGH RIGHT?)

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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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