AEA Mono and Stereo Ribbon Mics for Near- and Far-Field Use


There’s something extra special about the velvety goodness of a well-tuned ribbon microphone, and AEA is dedicated to bringing a stunning range of ribbon mics to the market. So, vocalists recording at home, project studio engineers, and demanding professionals can obtain the rewarding ribbon sound of a mic made in the USA by the experts at AEA. Several models within reach include the NUVO N22 near-field phantom-powered ribbon, the R84 RCA-style ribbon, and the R88mk2 stereo far-field ribbon.

The active AEA NUVO N22 puts the robust sound of a traditional side-address large-ribbon mic in a compact and lightweight form factor designed for up-close capture of everything from vocals and nuanced acoustic instruments to loud amps and pounding drums, in the studio or on the stage. The inclusion of a custom transformer helps the NUVO N22 achieve a strong output level while retaining low-noise performance. As a near-field ribbon, the NUVO N22 provides reduced proximity effect and balanced tonality to make it ideal for placement from 1 to 18" away from the source. Its figure-8 polar pattern exhibits the classic pickup traits and side-rejection qualities associated with ribbon mics.

AEA Ribbon Mics NUVO N22 Near-Field Phantom-Powered Ribbon Microphone

Offering the classic tone of the massive RCA 44BX with less proximity effect in a more compact, lightweight, and affordable form, the AEA R84 is a welcome solution for engineers, producers, and musicians in need of a smooth, detailed, and full-sounding ribbon mic that can handle extreme SPLs and an array of voices and instruments in close-range and distant applications. Utilizing a 2.35" long ribbon and a bidirectional figure-8 polar pattern, the R84 delivers a blend of vintage ribbon character and top-end extension along with up to 90 dB of rejection at the sides. Since it doesn’t require phantom power, the R84 can work with virtually any preamp. However, high-gain, high-impedance preamps are recommended for optimal microphone performance.

AEA Ribbon Mics R84 Ribbon Microphone

Made for quick and precise Blumlein and mid-side configurations on a single mic stand, the AEA R88mk2 passive stereo far-field ribbon microphone lets you capture lush stereo recordings in minimal setup time. It delivers the open and natural sound of two traditional side-address, large-ribbon mics in a single housing. Since it is designed for far-field use, the R88mk2 ribbon mic is ideal when positioned 16" to 20' away from the source, be it for group vocals, acoustic instruments, ensembles, or drums. As a far-field ribbon, the R88mk2 provides full low- and high-end tone when capturing sources in the context of a room. Plus, it boasts the widest frequency range of the three AEA mics mentioned here. Like the R84, the R88mk2 performs at its best when paired with a high-gain, high-impedance preamp.

AEA Ribbon Mics R88mk2 Stereo Far-Field Ribbon Microphone

Before you book your next session or track your next song, zip over to our website to learn more about the glory of these AEA ribbon mics and others.

Questions or comments? Post them in the Comments section, below.