Shure VP88 Cardioid Condenser Mid-Side Wired Stereo Microphone with Internal Matrix.


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About Shure VP88

The Shure Model VP88 is a single-point, stereo condenser microphone for use in professional studio recording, field production, electronic news gathering (ENG), and studio broadcasting applications. It combines two condenser cartridges in a single housing to create a stereo audio image of the sound source.
It is unique in its ability to capture the realism of a live event and yet withstand rigorous field production environments.

The VP88 uses a mid-side (M-S) configuration. One microphone cartridge (Mid) faces forward to capture on-axis sound using a cardioid pickup pattern. The other microphone cartridge (Side) is bi-directional, capturing sound from either side. The VP88 contains an internal M-S matrix with three settings for different degrees of stereo image seperation.
The internal matrix can be bypassed if an external matrix is used or if stereo imaging is done in post-production. Switches on the top of the microphone control output mode, stereo imaging, low-frequency rolloff settings, and battery on/off.

The VP88 can operate on phantom power or an internal 6V battery. The VP88 is supplied with a multi-connector "Y-splitter" cable, foam windscreen, swivel stand adapter, 6-volt battery, and zippered carrying/storage bag. Optional accessories include an isolation mount, a 7.6 m (25 ft) microphone extension cable, a phantom power supply, and a 4.3 m (14 ft) microphone stand.

The optional A88SM Shock Mount provides optimum isolation from stand-transmitted shock and vibration. The A88SM is ideal for critical studio applications contains a standard mounting foot for use with most electronic news gathering (ENG) video cameras.

Shure VP88 Features

  • Time-coherent, Mid-Side (M-S) design for optimal stereo imaging
  • Built-in stereo matrix for direct control of the stereo spread; direct M-S outputs available
  • Mono compatibility ideal for broadcast applications
  • 40 to 20,000 Hz frequency response
  • Low noise and distortion
  • Wide dynamic range
  • Switch-selectable, low-frequency rolloff (12 dB/octave below 80 Hz) for reduced pickup of ambient noise and stand vibration
  • Operates on phantom power or a 6V camera battery
  • LED power indicator
  • Internal shock mount for reduced stand vibration and handling noise
  • Built-in "pop" screen
  • Includes windscreen, swivel adapter, and Y-cable

Shure VP88 Specifications

Single-point stereo (MS configuration) condenser
Stereo Studio - Broadcasting - ENG - Field Recording
Frequency Response
40 to 20,000 Hz
Polar Pattern
Mid Cartridge: Cardioid (unidirectional) - Side Cartridge: Bidirectional
Rated at 150 (100 ohms actual). Recommended minimum load impedance: 800 ohms. (may be used with loads as low as 150 ohms with reduced clipping level)
Output Level
Sensitivity (1 kHz, MS mode) Open Circuit Voltage: 66 dB (0.5 mV) Mid. (Side level 1.6 dB higher than Mid level) (0 dB=1 V/Pa)
Side Level (Stereo mode; rela tive to Mid level) Low: 6.0 dB; Medium: 1.9 dB ; High: +1.6 dB
Clipping Le vel (1 kHz) 800 ohms Load (less than 1% THD) -12 dBV (0.25 V)(Mid output, 1% THD) -10 dBV (0.30 V)(Side output, 1% THD) 150 ohms Load (less than 3% THD) -25 dBV (0.06 V)(Mid output) -19 dBV (0.11 V)(Side output)
Y-Splitter Cable (supplied): 0.76 m (30 in.) vinyl-jacketed, dual shielded, 2-conductor with 5-pin female XLR connector on microphone end and two 3-pin male XLR connectors on equipment ends.
Positive pressure applied from any direction to the Mid cartridge or from the left to the Side cartridge in the MS mode, or applied from the front in the Stereo mode produces positive voltage on pin 2 relative to pin 3 (Mid/Left) and pin 4 relative to pin 5 (Side/Right).
290 x 39.7mm / 11.44 x 1.56"
417 grams (14.7 oz) less battery and cable
Power Requirements
Phantom Supply Voltage: 9 to 52 Vdc Current Drain: 1.3 mA/output; 2.6 mA total
Battery Type: 6 V cylindrical* Life: 70 hours** Current Drain: 2.4 mA total. *Silver oxide (NEDA 1406SOP), lithium (NEDA 5005L), alkaline (NEDA 1414A) **Fresh silver oxide or lithium battery; 40 hours with alkaline
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