The AEA R44C Passive Ribbon Microphone is part of the family including the R44CX, R44CE and R44CXE.
So what distinguishes the 4 sibling ribbon mics?
Here is the basic idea::
R44C is the foundation of this family
R44CE has a more economical shell and hardware fittings
R44CX uses extra magnets to provide 6dB of additional output
R44CXE has the extra magnets but with the more economical shell and hardware
The AEA R44C Passive Ribbon Microphone continues the legacy of the original RCA 44’s which began dominating the recording and production landscape all the way back in the 1930’s. When RCA shut down production over 40 years ago, AEA picked it up, improved it and continues to carry the torch. These microphone’s are still made for you today with full respect for the original quality design and craftsmanship, and even the same ribbon material, but with modern manufacturing precision for better consistency and durability.
The R44C will handle your lows, mids and highs without flinching and has lasting relevance as it has gracefully transcended the digital age of recording. Put it to work on vocals, brass, electric guitar, or strings and you will not be disappointed.
If you want the same great sound and internal workings, but want to save a few bucks on the exterior finishes, then the R44CE is what you want.
Operating Principle: Pressure gradient microphone
Directional Pattern: Bidirectional (Figure-of-8)
Frequency Range: 20 Hz to 15 kHz
Maximum SPL: 165+ dBSPL (1% third harmonic > 1 kHz)
Output Sensitivity: 2.25 mV/Pa (-53 dBV) into unloaded circuit
Output Impedance: 270 Ω nominal
Recommended Load Impedance: 1.2 kΩ or greater
Powering: Not required or recommended
Polarity: Pin 2 high for positive pressure on front of microphone.
Connector: XLR-3M wired to a 3 m captive cable
Off Axis Response:
Polar Pattern: Native bi-directional pattern
Horizontal: Level changes with angle, frequency response is consistent, –35 dB null at 90° / 270°
Vertical: Level changes with angle, reduced HF response above and below 0° / 180° axis, –35 dB null at 90° / 270°
Ribbon Thickness: 1.8 μ (0.0000018 m) of pure aluminum
Ribbon Width: 0.185” (4.7 mm)
Ribbon Length: 2.35” (59.7 mm)
Included: Custom storage / shipping case, stand adapter, manual
Optional: Any length cable, inquire for price and delivery.
Limited Warranty: One year parts and labor, shipping not included. Three year extended warranty if the product is registered.
Weight with case: 7 lb 9 oz (3.43 kg)
Height: 12.25” (31.1 cm)
Width: 4.62” (11.7 cm)
Depth: 3.25” (8.3 cm)