The R88mk2 stereo microphone is a true Blumlein recording system optimized for recording instruments and ensembles in stereo. It utilizes two matched signature Big Ribbon™ elements angled at 90 degrees and mounted in close proximity to each other along the vertical axis of the microphone. The R88mk2 puts the listener right there with the performers in the recording room. Open and natural-sounding, it accurately records complex tones such as woodwinds, strings and cymbals. The R88 is not a stereo version of the R84, but a passive stereo version similar to the N8.