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Samson VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone


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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.

  • 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
    Carry Case

VR88 Takes all you can give it


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.

sbyroad at Sam Ash Indy

Indianapolis, IN


Amazing recorded sound quality


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.

Scott a Salyer Sam Ash employee

Sarasota, FL

Classic Feel You can Afford


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.

Kevin Bacon

Bradenton FL


The most cost-effective ribbon mic


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




Ribbon Mic Amazing


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


Hollywood, CA


Good Job Samson


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

Oren from Queens

Queens, NY




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


lyndhurst ohio


Ribbon Mic? YES!!!!


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.

Music Lover

Southern California


Great Mic for Recording


This is a Great mic for all recording purposes I am a Sam Ash Music Associate

Bryan Christie

Bradenton, FL.


Great,Warm Sound


When I saw a ribbon mic in this price range, I was a little skeptical, but Samson seems to have hit a home run with this one. If you are looking for a recording mic with more detail than a dynamic and a warmer, smoother sound than most condensers, definitely check out the VR88. This is an active ribbon, which minimizes the need for an ultra-quiet, high gain preamp like you need with many ribbon mics. This mic sounds great on vocals and guitar amps. I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.


New Haven, CT


VR88 Velocity Ribbon Microphone

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Model VR88
Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for TWO years and labor for TWO years from date of purchase.  The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions. ALL rechargable batteries are covered for a period of 90 DAYS from date of purchase.