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AEA N8 - NUVO series Ribbon

Following the successful N22 model, the N8 microphone sounds distinctly different despite having a similar appearance to the N22. For the N8, AEA set out to create the most open and natural sounding ribbon mic ever made. Conceived to render acoustic spaces as faithfully as possible, the new N8 mic excels in capturing drum overheads and rooms, strings, classical ensembles, and orchestras. As such, it is the ideal complement to the N22 mic. But even when used up close, the N8 delivers exceptional clarity and warmth, while also taking EQ extremely well without ever being harsh.

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AEA N22 - NUVO series Ribbon

The N22 was designed with the needs of singer-songwriters and home studio owners in mind. Bridging the gap between vintage and modern, ribbon and condenser, studio and live, the N22 is the perfect companion for musicians and engineers alike. The N22 is the first member of AEA's NUVO series of microphones. Rooted in the RCA tradition just like other AEA ribbons, all NUVO microphones are designed to offer a fresh approach to the ribbon transducer and represent Wes Dooley's take on the evolution of the ribbon microphone.

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AEA KU4 - Unidirectional Ribbon

The KU4 celebrates the legendary RCA unidirectional KU3A, a high-sensitivity microphone designed for the Hollywood movie studios. Also known as a M-10001 for its manufacturing number, it was RCA’s most expensive ribbon microphone. Fewer than 600 were ever manufactured.
What made the KU3A special? It combined the smooth ribbon sound of a 44 with a unidirectional pattern, a wide sweet spot and less proximity bass boost. It expanded an engineer’s range of placement choices and became a standard at film studios around the world.

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AEA R44C - Hand-crafted, museum quality, 44 reproduction

The AEA R44C has the authentic sound, feel and look of the 1936-38 RCA-44. A museum quality replica hand made by AEA using 1.8 micron ribbon material originally manufactured by RCA. Museum grade version features details such as a bronze investment cast yoke rather than the original zinc yoke (which corrode over time). The ribbon element is only 1.8 microns thick, fabricated from material originally manufactured for RCA. The Streamline Moderne "radio" finish (black with satin accents) is standard. R44C parts are also interchangeable with the original RCA 44B and BX.

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AEA R44CX

6dB more output than the original RCA 44B and BX.
Sound is slightly more forward. Red accent marking.

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AEA R44CE

Combines the 1930s US sound with British engineering from RCA that reduces the mic's weight and hum sensitivity. Black transformer case and one-piece cushion mount, satin nickel grill and formed steel yoke with a satin nickel finish.

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AEA A440

Like its cousin, the R44CX, The A440 is based on the RCA 44BX, but is phantom powered and uses a Lundahl transformer. It uses the same RCA NOS ribbon element, only 1.8 microns thick, which is from material originally manufactured for RCA. It also features the museum quality shell with a durable bronze investment cast yoke. An umber paint with red medallion transformer case and bright nickel finishes with polished brass accents is standard.

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AEA R84

The AEA R84 is an affordable Large Ribbon Geometry microphone suitable for use by the most demanding audio professional or hobbyist. The R84 is an outstanding general-purpose microphone, ideally suited for solo and accent work. It is a fine example of the natural sound and figure-8 directional sensitivity a quality ribbon mic delivers. Quick smooth transients that capture the feeling of being there without sounding like a recording. Extended bass and treble that captures the details without shoving anything in your face.

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AEA R84 SLE - Silver Limited Edition

To commemorate 25 years of selling ribbon microphones, Audio Engineering Associates has created the R84 Silver Limited Edition (SLE). Two years ago we made a chrome R84 to display at trade shows. Due to popular demand, we've decided to create a limited edition run of in honor of twenty-five years of serving the ribbon microphone market. The R84 SLE is limited to a run of only 125 units.

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AEA R84 DJV - Designed for voice work

The AEA R84 DJV is a variation of the award winning R84 ribbon microphone, optimized for closeup voice reproduction. The R84DJV has the gorgeous, flattering tone of the R84, but is more heavily protected from the moisture and wind blasts that can occur during vocal work. The proximity effect of the R84DJV has been adjusted for an articulate sound at close working distances. The R84DJV is perfect for studio broadcast work, voice overs, and "intimate" vocal recordings.

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AEA R88 - Stereo Ribbon Microphone

The R88 has been optimized for stereo instrument and ensemble recording. The R88's two ribbon motors are oriented at 90 degrees, and have excellent off-axis frequency response. The R88 uses the large ribbon configuration of the classic RCA 44 series mics, which gives the mic solid 20Hz bass response and a smooth high end which is flattering to complex tones such as cymbals, strings, and woodwinds. The R88 may be used for both Blumlein stereo and M-S Stereo recording techniques.

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AEA R92

Reduced proximity bass boost and excellent wind blast protection make it suitable for close micing (6-12 inches) of guitar amps, vocals, percussion, etc. The smooth high frequency response of the R88 transducer has been further extended in the R92, making the R92 a unique voice in the world of ribbon mics. AEA has designed the R92 to have slightly different tones on the front and rear. The front lobe of the R92 is the "crisp" side. The rear lobe is the "smooth" side, which has a bit of classic ribbon high end rolloff that can help to handle harsh transients in a very refined and flattering way.

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AEA RPQ500 - The Ribbon Pre with Curve Shaping in 500-series format

The new RPQ500 module is based on the successful design of the full-rack RPQ preamplifier and provides the same ultra-clean, high-gain signal path that has earned AEA preamps their great reputation. The RPQ500 has been enhanced with additional features, turning it into a workhorse tool for any 500-series compatible rack.

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AEA TRP - The Ribbon Pre

The AEA Ribbon Mic Preamplifier is an ultra high-gain and impedance, minimal-path FET mic pre designed by Fred Forssell. This low-noise two-channel preamp is for ribbon, moving coil, and tube microphones that do not use or want phantom power. This allows for improvements in minimal path circuitry and also rids the unit of phantom-power blocking capacitors. Zener diodes on the input protect the input stage if external phantom power is applied.

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AEA RPQ - The Ribbon Pre with Curve Shaping

The AEA RPQ Ribbon Preamp with Curve-Shaping provides two channels of high-quality, high-gain, low-noise microphone preamplification, and unlike the TRP provides phantom power for active electronics. Particularly well-suited for use with ribbon microphones, it delivers the speed, precision, quietness, and headroom needed for today's high-resolution recordings. The JFET circuit design generates up to 80 dB of clean and quiet gain, with extended bandwidth from below 1 Hz to beyond 200 kHz, for dynamic range and transient response that complements all of your microphones.

The RPQ's Curve-Shaper gives you the tools to control your ribbons. Ribbon mics are capable of delivering strong sub-woofer lows, and can have a significant bass proximity effect. Such strong low-frequency content can mask high-frequency intelligibility, so the tunable LF filter was engineered to tame low-frequency energy to appropriate levels.

The HF filter enables you to extend the high end adding a little extra "presence" or "air" to the pickup. The HF filter compensates for the high-frequency roll-off that is inherent to most ribbon microphones, distant mic placement, or an overly "dry" acoustical environment. .

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