The R1 Tube Active from Golden Age Project is vintage-style ribbon mic with active tube electronics. It combines the mellow sound of a ribbon mic with the warmth of a tube mic.
The mic offers fast transient response for ultra-realistic reproduction, and its active circuitry, based around a 12AX7 tube amplifier, gives it enough output to use with a standard mic preamp. The R1 Tube Active can handle a whopping 165 dB SPL, making it compatible with the loudest of sources.
As is typical for a ribbon mic, it has a figure 8 polar pattern, which means it picks up primarily from the front and rear of the capsule and rejects sounds coming from the sides. You can use this to your advantage in the studio to help minimize bleed when two or more sources are recording in the same room. The R1 MKII is well-suited for electric guitar, vocals, strings, horns, acoustic instruments, orchestras, choral groups, and many live-sound applications.
The R1 Tube Active is recommended for electric guitar, vocals, strings, horns, acoustic instruments, orchestras, choral groups, and many live-sound applications.
The mic comes with an aluminum flight case, an external power supply, and a 10-foot cable to connect the mic and power supply.