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Jim
Shure VP 88
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on Mar 28, 2007 at 12:49:45 am

I am being advised that a Shure VP 88 is the way to go for voice over work. Does anyone have any experience with this mic?

Thanks in advance,
Jim


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Ty Ford
Re: Shure VP 88
on Mar 28, 2007 at 1:58:31 am

Yes I do. It's a curious choice for a VO mic.

My review of the VP-88 is in the Online Archive in the Mic Reviews folder.

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Will Salley
Re: Shure VP 88
on Mar 28, 2007 at 4:22:35 am

I have one. It's a M/S stereo mic with a built-in matrix so it will output a L/R signal. Being a M/S mic, it could be used as a mono VO mic using the front element. However, I could think of about two dozen models that would work better and many of them are less expensive. The VP 88 has a lot of self-noise, which is multiplied (x2) when run in stereo mode.

Some VO mics I like are:

AKG 414 - my fave for vo
AKG C3000 - affordable but very useable for voice
EV RE-20 - sometimes boomy but legendary
Neumann TLM-49 - warms up tiny voices well

I've also read very good things about the M-Audio Sputnik but don't have any personal experience with this mic.

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Rodney M
Re: Shure VP 88
on May 18, 2007 at 6:07:01 pm

I've used the VP-88 in the past for field stereo recordings, but never as a VO mic. Doesn't mean it can't be done, but there are much better choices for vo mics.

The AKG C414 is good mic, which I used for years until I tried the Neuman TLM103. However the 103 lacks pickup pattern flexibility (cardioid only) and is a bit too sibilant for many female voices. Some of the best VO I've heard was recorded using a Sennheiser MKH416 (overhead mic placement). Heck, in a pinch, you could even use a Shure SM57 (with windscreen) and get very acceptable results.




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