Shure VP88

Shure VP88

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VP88, Small diaphragm condenser microphone from Shure.

4 user reviews
Prices starting at $791 Average price: $791

Shure VP88 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Shure
  • Model: VP88
  • Category: Small diaphragm condenser microphones
  • Added in our database on: 03/29/2004

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Shure VP88 user reviews

Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 4 reviews )
 3 reviews75 %
 1 user review25 %

stompboxjon's review"My new field mic!"

Shure VP88
The VP88 is a slim designed microphone that is used for professional recordings. This is the microphone that I prefer to use for recording sound effects when I am out and about. I was able to capture some really good crowd noise and street noise with it like cars and traffic. It uses 2 condenser cartridges in the capsule to deliver a high quality stereo recording.


One of the cartridges forward and it has a cardioids pick up pattern and the other is a bi directional pattern and it is on the side of the microphone. Right on the front of the microphone there are different options to choose from to get the best possible stereo image separation that you may want to use. But I really don’t use that option that is on the microphone, you can always turn them off and just do your stereo imaging in your DAW later one. I generally like to do that part of the process when I get into Pro Tools because I feel like I have more control over the overall sound.
The VP88 has a built in pop screen and it works on phantom power. There is a low frequency roll off switch that comes in handy when working with a lot of ambient type of sounds and recordings. The built in shock mount works great with handling noise and vibration from the stand that I use it on.
This microphone has a very low noise and sounds amazing when I use it out in streets or where ever I may go to record sounds at. I have not used it for anything else yet, and with the way it sounds I think it will just be my field microphone only and have no other purpose. It captures an amazing live sound and the crowd noise that I captured with it is some of the best crowd noise that I have ever heard captured.

moosers's review

Shure VP88
The Shure VP88 is a high quality stereo condenser microphone to be used in the recording studio. I wouldn't recommend using the mic in any other situation, as it isn't designed for use on the stage or anywhere else really. I can't even think of another application other than a studio one where you'd need a stereo mic. The VP88 has a slew of unique features on it in addition to the single point pick up pattern and the frequency response of 40 Hz to 20 kHz. It's got built in M/S encoding as well as a stereo width parameter that allows you to choose between three different points. It also has a high pass filter and is powered by either phantom power or a battery.


Being unique in make up, the Shure VP88 can be used for all sorts of different applications as it boasts a great deal of versatility. While a stereo microphone might not be the best mic for some applications, in the applications that it does work on, it works extremely well. I've used the VP88 for recording a few different things in a professional recording studio, including drum overheads. Unlike most stereo microphones, this isn't the best one for recording room sounds, as it does have a large enough pick up to get everything going on fully. While it can be used for this application, it isn't the main thing at all that I'd recommend doing with the VP88. Essentially, any time when you'd want a stereo signal coming from a signal place in a room, the VP88 will do some magic. It's like having a matched pair of high quality mics that you can easily set up for a stereo spread. As far as stereo microphones go, the Shure VP88 is priced extremely reasonably. I don't think you'll be finding too many stereo microphones that sound this good with as many unique features for this sort of price in the least. The price makes it accessible for larger home studio owners in addition to professionals, so I'd steer just about anyone looking for a stereo mic to the Shure VP88.

JBii's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Essential"

Shure VP88
Everything has been said about


I work exclusively live and I use the microphone Atmosphere Battery for six years, for all types of music. I use a compressor as needed. This is the most natural I've found to do this micro couple of Schoeps excluded, of course.
It is not too bright, and most of the time, I use it right, possibly with a low cut.
The cardioid directivity is variable, so that it can take very large drum kit, to the contrary, very tight, without being polluted by the surrounding environment.

As I have two, I also used on a standard cabin "leslie", it was perfect, an amazing correspondence between the sound of the instrument and its reproduction.

On outdoor festivals, windscreen fitted me always enough.

Phonotoff's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Shure VP88
MS Micro Stro capacitor fieldrecording and music recording.


I used several years with pleasure for radio productions and sound Creations.
+: A while, dmatriceur Intgr (Stereo output large, medium, small & MS matrix), possibility of holding hands. Prsence beautiful voices for radio work. Trs robute and solid.
-: Big enough, like a grenade THE FIRST war, the difficult being protected from the wind
possde it a breath of background when recording purposes (nature, etc. ..). sensitive enough to LTRO magntiques fields.

is one of the few microphones stro one point in this price range.
Now I prfre more lightweight microphone with a signal to noise ratio greater (but more expensive ....)

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