Ribbon Mics

  • AEA A440 Active Studio Ribbon Microphone

    The AEA A440 Ribbon Microphone is beyond comparison. It is modelled expertly on the original RCA 44 ribbon microphones in consultation with the engineers who first designed them. AEA then sourced the original ribbon material and custom made all the tooling to recreate those fabulous mics to original specs. There is simply no better way to get your hands on one of the best ribbon microphones ever produced even 80 years after conception, and with care, this microphone will last for generations.

    The A440 maintains that warm, broad sound that is never harsh and fits perfectly in your studio mix. What lifts this mic above all others who shoot for the same target is the combination of this gorgeous ribbon sound with phantom power. Simply put, no one else does it as well as AEA. If you want some great sound, you may be happy with the A840, but if you are running a professional studio, or just really want to sound that way, the A440 is the microphone of your dreams.

    For the uninitiated, ribbon microphones get their name because they use a light metal ribbon suspended between the poles of a magnet and can handle your range better than a condenser mic.

    SPECIFICATIONS ::

    Operating Principle: Pressure gradient microphone
    Directional Pattern: Bidirectional (Figure-of-8)
    Frequency Range: 20 Hz to 15 kHz
    Maximum SPL: 136+ dBSPL (1% third harmonic > 1 kHz)
    Output Sensitivity: 21 mV/Pa (-33.5 dBV) into unloaded circuit
    Self Noise: 9 dB(A)
    Output Impedance: 92 Ω broadband
    Recommended Load Impedance: 1.0 kΩ or greater
    Powering: P48 phantom power, 7 mA
    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°

    Transducer element - -
    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)

    Accessories - -
    Included: Custom storage / shipping case, stand adapter, manual
    Optional: Any length cable, inquire for price and delivery. Matched stereo pair
    Limited Warranty: One year parts and labor, shipping not included. Three year extended warranty if the product is registered.
    Weight with Cable: 7 lb 9 oz (3.43 kg) in storage case with cable
    Height: 12.25” (31.1 cm)
    Width: 4.62” (11.7 cm)
    Depth: 3.25” (8.3 cm)

     

  • AEA R44C Passive Ribbon Microphone

    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.

    SPECIFICATIONS::

    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°

    Transducer element:
    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)

    Accessories:
    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)

  • AEA R44CE Passive Ribbon Microphone

    The AEA R44CE Passive Ribbon Microphone is an economically packaged version of the R44C, designed for recording, scoring and other many other applications which demand a wide dynamic range with the classic RCA 44 sound dating back to the 1930’s.

    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 R44CE 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 R44CE 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.

    SPECIFICATIONS::

    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°

    Transducer element:
    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)

    Accessories:
    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)





  • AEA R44CX Passive Ribbon Microphone

    The AEA R44CX Passive Ribbon Microphone is a high-output version of the R44C, designed for recording, scoring and other many other applications which demand a wide dynamic range with the classic RCA 44 sound.

    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 R44CX 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 R44CX 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 R44CXE is what you want.

  • AEA R44CXE High Output Passive Ribbon Microphone

    The AEA R44CXE Passive Ribbon Microphone is a high-output version of the R44C, designed for recording, scoring and other many other applications which demand a wide dynamic range with the classic RCA 44 sound.

    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 R44CXE 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 R44CXE 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, internal workings and output of the R44CX, but want to save a few bucks on the exterior finishes, then the R44CXE is what you want.





  • AEA R84 Studio Ribbon Microphone

    The AEA R84 Passive Ribbon Microphone provides the versatility to capture your full range of vocal, drums, strings or guitar both close up and in ambient settings. With a bidirectional pickup pattern and warmth of the classic RCA 44's, this mic has earned the reputation of being a workhorse in a huge range of recording applications at a more budget minded price than the premium AEA R44's.

    For the uninitiated, ribbon microphones get their name because they use a light metal ribbon suspended between the poles of a magnet and can handle your range better than a condenser mic. Historically, ribbon microphones were expensive and delicate, but AEA makes use of incredible improvements in materials and production to put this microphone in reach and plenty durable to use on stage and handle the power of rock-n-roll.

    The AEA R84 uses a big low-tension ribbon element at 2.35" by 0.185" by 2-microns of pure aluminum, the same as the R44s. This giant ribbon is more difficult to install than other manufacturers' smaller ribbons, but offers important advantages. Compared to condenser, coil, or shorter ribbons, the R84 will have a very low resonant frequency with more ribbon magnetic gap movement. That movement helps this mic to handle more sound pressure (SPL) than its competition.


    SPECIFICATIONS::

    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°

    Transducer element:
    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)

    Accessories:
    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 Cable: 3 pounds (1.36 kg)
    Height: 11.6” (29.5 cm)
    Width: 3.9” (9.9 cm)
    Depth: 2.5” (6.4 cm)

     




  • AEA R84A Active Studio Ribbon Microphone

    The AEA R84A Ribbon Microphone is modelled expertly on the original RCA 44 ribbon microphones in consultation with the engineers who first designed them. AEA then sourced the original ribbon material and custom made all the tooling to recreate those fabulous mics to original specs. There is simply no better way to get your hands on one of the best ribbon microphones ever produced, even 80 years later.

    The A840 maintains that warm, broad sound that is never harsh and fits perfectly in your studio mix. What lifts this mic above all others who shoot for the same target is the combination of this gorgeous ribbon sound with phantom power. Simply put, no one else does it as well as AEA, and this mic is built to last you for decades. If you would like this mic without phantom power, then the AEA R84 is what you are after.

    For the uninitiated, ribbon microphones get their name because they use a light metal ribbon suspended between the poles of a magnet and can handle your range better than a condenser mic.


    SPECIFICATIONS ::

    Operating Principle: Pressure gradient transducer
    Directional Pattern: Bidirectional
    Frequency Range: 20 kHz
    Maximum SPL: 141 + dB SPL (1% third harmonic > 1 kHz)
    Sensitivity: 6.3 mV/Pa (-44 dBv/Pa) into unloaded circuit
    Output Impedance: 92 Ω broadband
    Recommended Load Impedance: 1.0K Ω or greater
    Phantom Power: P48 phantom power, 7 mA
    Polarity: Pin 2 high for positive pressure on front of microphone
    Polar Response: Native bidirectional, figure-of-8 pattern
    Horizontal: Up to 90 dB rejection at right angles to the front/back axis
    Vertical: Level changes with angle of incidence, but frequency response is consistent
    Transducer Element Material: Pure aluminum corrugated ribbon
    Thickness: 1.8 μm
    Width: 0.185 in (4.7 mm)
    Length: 2.35 in (59.7 mm)

    Microphone Dimensions

    Height: 11.6 in (29.5 cm)
    Width: 3.9 in (9.9 cm)
    Depth: 2.5 in (6.4 cm)
    Weight with cable: 3 lb (1.36 kg)
    Shipping Weight: 4 lb (1.8 kg)
    Connector: XLR-3M

    Accessories Included:
    Vertical softcase, user manual, captive 10” (3 meter) output cable with XLR-3M connector.

     

  • AEA R88 mk2 Stereo Ribbon Microphone

    The AEA R88 mk2 Passive Stereo Ribbon Microphone is ready for MS and XY recording configurations. This microphone utilizes the basic principle of stereo recording which was first demonstrated in the 1930's by using 2 figure-8 ribbon mics, but AEA has mounted those 2 large ribbons vertically, and at 90 degrees from eachother, inside this very capable single microphone body. If you want to amaze yourself, bring your whole band into the studio and capture drums, guitars, horns and vocals all in one gorgeous stereo take. With a little experience, you will quickly learn that this mic is best used a couple or ups to many feet away from all the source elements of your recording to avoid proximity effect. Additionally, you will find that the passive circuit deign frees you from the headroom limitations that you encounter with active electronics.

    For the uninitiated, ribbon microphones get their name because they use a light metal ribbon suspended between the poles of a magnet and can handle your range better than a condenser mic. Historically, ribbon microphones were expensive and delicate, but AEA makes use of incredible improvements in materials and production to put this microphone in reach and plenty durable to use on stage and handle the power of rock-n-roll.

    The AEA R88 mk2 uses two big low tension ribbons elements at 2.35" by 0.185" by 2-microns of pure aluminum, the same as the R44s. These giant ribbons are more difficult to install than other manufacturers' smaller ribbons, but offer important advantages. Compared to condenser, coil, or shorter ribbons, the R88 will have a very low resonant frequency with more ribbon magnetic gap movement. That movement helps this mic to handle more sound pressure (SPL) than its competition.

    Although the R88 mk2 and R84 share the same ribbon and transformer, the R88 is not just a stereo version of the R84, as the two were carefully designed to have different tonalities.

    SPECIFICATIONS ::

    Operating Principle: Pressure gradient microphone
    Directional Pattern: Bidirectional (Figure-of-8)
    Frequency Range: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Maximum SPL: 165+ dBSPL (1% third harmonic > 1 kHz)
    Output Sensitivity: 2.5 mV/Pa (-52 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 and 4 high for positive pressure on front of microphone.
    Connector: XLR-5M connector, includes breakout cable to 2x XLR-3M

    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°

    Transducer element:
    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)

    Accessories:
    Included: Custom storage / shipping case, manual, 12-foot breakout cable, swivel
    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 Cable: 5 lb 3 oz (2.36 kg)
    Height: 15” (38.1 cm)
    Width: 3”





  • AEA R92 Studio Ribbon Microphone

    The AEA R92 Passive Studio Ribbon Microphone is what you want for close up mic-ing of the big sound right in front of your electric guitar and bass amps, drums and also more ambient sources. The bi-directional pattern offers one side for higher, more crisp tones and the other side lets you dig deep down into your lowest bass tones and handle your hi-gain amp and the distortion you love. This mic has the same big ribbon, tuning, and transformer as the R44 series, plus wind blast protection to handle proximity effect from powerful sources and extended high frequency response.

    This AEA R92 will handle your high gain amp and all the distortion you can throw at it.

    Operating Principle: Pressure gradient microphone
    Directional Pattern: Bidirectional (Figure-of-8)
    Frequency Range: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Maximum SPL: 165+ dBSPL (1% third harmonic > 1 kHz)
    Output Sensitivity: 1.8 mV/Pa (-55 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°

    Transducer element:
    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)

    Accessories:
    Included: Custom storage / shipping case, 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 Cable: 2 lbs (0.9 kg)
    Height: 7.5” (19.1 cm)
    Width: 2.9” (7.4 cm)
    Depth: 2.5” (6.4 cm)