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 6 V battery. The VP88 is supplied with a multi-connector “Y-splitter” cable.

PRis: Ring


Type: Single-point stereo (MS configuration) condenser
Frequency Response: 40 to 20,000 Hz
Polar Pattern:
Mid Cartridge: Cardioid
Side Cartridge: Bidirectional
Output Impedance: EIA rated at 150 Ω (100 Ωactual)
Sensitivity: open circuit voltage, @ 1 kHz, MS Mode -66 dB (0.5 mV)
Maximum SPL:
800 Ω load: 129 dB
150 Ω load: 119 dB
Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 70 dB
Dynamic Range: 105 dB Maximum SPL, A-weighted
Clipping Level:
800 Ω load:
Mid Cartridge: -12 dBV (0.25 V)
Side Cartridge: -10 dBV (0.30 V)
150 Ω load:
Mid Cartridge: -25 dBV (0.06 V)
Side Cartridge: -19 dBV (0.11 V)
Self-Noise: equivalent SPL 24 dB A-weighted, 28 dB typical
Hum Pickup: -4  dB equivalent SPL in a 1millioersted field (60XXXXXXXXXXXX)
Power Requirements: 9–52 V DC phantom power (IEC-61938), 1.3 mAoutput, 2.6 mAtotal
Polarity: Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 with respect to pin 3