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Stereo Condenser Microphone
The Shure Specialty to General Communications Microphone Series VP 88 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.

One cartridge (Mid) faces forward to capture on-axis sound using a cardioid pickup pattern. The other 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 separation. The internal matrix can be bypassed if an external matrix is used or if stereo imaging is done in post-production.

The VP-88 includes "Y-splitter" cable, foam windscreen, stand adapter, 6V battery and zippered storage bag. Phantom power or included battery required.
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 & 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
Type Single-point stereo (MS configuration) condenser
Frequency Response 40 to 20,000 Hz
Polar Pattern Mid Cartridge: Cardioid (unidirectional); Side Cartridge: Bidirectional
Output Impedance 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)
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; relative to Mid level) Low: -6.0 dB; Medium: -1.9 dB; High: 1.6 dB
Clipping Level (1 kHz) 800 ohm Load (less than 1% THD)= -12 dBV (0.25 V)(Mid output, 1% THD); -10 dBV (0.30 V)(Side output, 1% THD); 150 ohm Load (less than 3% THD)= -25 dBV (0.06 V)(Mid output); -19 dBV (0.11 V)(Side output)
Maximum SPL 800 ohm Load= 129 dB; 150 ohm Load= 119 dB
Hum Pickup -4 dB equivalent SPL in 1 millioersted field (60 Hz)
Self Noise (Mid, Side, Left and Right outputs; equivalent sound pressure levels) 24 dB typical, A-weighted; 28 dB typical, weighted per DIN 45405
Dynamic Range 105 dB (maximum SPL to A-weighted noise level)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio* 70 dB (IEC 651) at 94 dB SPL; *S/N ratio: difference between microphone output at 94 dB SPL and microphone self-noise A-weighted
Overvoltage Protection Maximum External Voltage applied to Pins 2 through 5 with respect to Pin 1: /- 75 Vdc
Polarity 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)
Power 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
Environmental Conditions Operating= -18 to 57 degrees C (0 to 135 degrees F) (Relative Humidity <90%); Storage= -29 to 74 degrees C (-20 to 165 degrees F) (Relative Humidity <80%)
Cables 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.; Microphone Extension Cable (Model C110; optional)= 7.6 m (25 ft.) vinyl-jacketed, shielded, 4-conductor with 5-pin male XLR connector on one end and 5-pin female XLR connector on other end
Case Brass and nickel-plated aluminum construction with stainless steel grille. Finished in satin black vinyl enamel
Net Weight 417 grams (14.7 oz) less battery and cable



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