The Shure VP88 is a dual-cartridge, stereo condenser microphone tailored for professional studio recording, on-site production, electronic news gathering (ENG), and broadcasting needs. This mic blends two condenser cartridges within a singular casing, delivering a stereo representation of the audio environment. It's distinctive for capturing the authenticity of live moments while standing up to the demands of field production.
One cartridge, termed "Mid," is directed forward, seizing on-axis sound through a cardioid pattern. Its counterpart, the "Side" cartridge, operates bi-directionally, picking up sound from both sides. The VP88 features an inbuilt M-S matrix with trio settings for varying stereo image differentiation. This internal matrix can be sidestepped if using an external one or if post-production will manage stereo imaging.