June 2008—Inspired by its 40 years of experience with ribbon mics, the whisper-quite, phantom-powered AEA (www.wesdooley.com) A440 boasts the greatest usable dynamic range of any ribbon microphone manufactured today. Promising to deliver bass with authority, the A440 has a flat frequency response and holds an accurate figure-8 polar pattern down to 20 Hz.
February 2007—The Audio Engineering Associates (AEA) R88 ($1,895) stereo ribbon mic for Blumlein or M-S stereo recording measures 14 inches long and 2.5 inches in diameter, and weighs 3 pounds (less cable). It incorporates the RCA 44's Large Ribbon Geometry configuration for a 20Hz bass response and a smooth high end for capturing complex tones. It houses a matched pair of figure-8 mics with 2-inch ribbon motors that are oriented at 90 degrees for superior off-axis rejection. The R88 offers a frequency response of 20 to 15k Hz, -52dBV/Pa sensitivity and handles 165dB SPL @ 1 kHz.
AEA RIBBON GUITAR MIC
January 2005—The R92 from AEA ($895) is a mic that shares the same 2-inch ribbon as the company's popular — and more expensive — R84, but has decreased proximity effect to avoid the LF build-up that can occur when ribbon mics are placed close to loud guitar cabinets. TO READ THE REVIEW, CLICK HERE
AEA R88 STEREO RIBBON MIC
November 2004—The AEA R88 large ribbon mic is optimized for natural frequency response and precise stereo imaging. Transducers: dual 2-inch ribbons oriented at 90°. Specifications: sensitivity is -52dBV/Pa; response is 20 Hz to 15 kHz (±3 dB); and SPL handling is 165dB SPL. Built-in shock-mount and captive 4-meter cable to two A3M standard XLR connectors. Retail: $1,895. TO REAAD THE REVIEW, CLICK HERE
AEA R84 DJV
April 2004—AEA's new R84 DJV is based on the company's
award-winning R84 “big ribbon” microphone. Optimized for
voice work, the DJ Version delivers a big intimate sound that is
articulate, smooth, bright and natural. Well-protected for close-up
use, it is boom-compatible. AEA R44 and R84 microphones use ribbon
material manufactured for RCA.
November 2003—Thinking stereo? At AES NYC, AEA's R88 puts a
matched pair of large figure-8 ribbon capsules (angled at 90 degrees)
in a single housing for Blumlein or M-S stereo recording. Price:
AEA R88 RIBBON STEREO MICROPHONE
October 2003—Matched, 90-degree angled pair of large ribbon
geometry figure-8 mics for Blumlein or MS stereo. 20-20k Hz response.
Built-in shock-mount and captive 25-foot cable to two A3M connectors.
Supplied with a locking angle adapter for bottom, top or side-stand
mounting. Fly overhead for large venue installations. Three pounds,
plus the cable weight. 2.5 inches diameter and 14 inches tall. Black
stealth finish. Price: $1,895.
November 2002—Audio Engineering Associates is known for its
re-creations of classic RCA ribbon mics. Now, AEA debuts its own
design, the R84, which features a large, yet ultrathin (0.00007-inch)
ribbon element for fast transients and up to 165dB SPL handling. Retail
is $999, with shock-mount, cable and case. TO READ THE REVIEW, CLICK HERE.
August 2002—AEA's new R78 ribbon microphone continues in the
tradition of the RCA 44, whose sensual sound has long been the standard
for voice work. The R78 is a dedicated figure-8 ribbon microphone
optimized for close vocal work, voice-overs, character voice and on-air
work, and has the comfortable, intimate clarity and extended bottom of
the 44 in a smaller physical package with an extended top end. Options
include a switchable highpass filter and Rycote “furry”
wind filter. Available in “TV” finish (umber) or optional
“Radio” finish (black and bright chrome). Price:
AEA/COLES 4038 STEREO TEMPLATE AND BAR
October 2000—Coincident and near-coincident stand mounting for a
pair of Coles 4038s. Features include Blumlein (coincident)
head-to-head mounting, Dooley/Streicher (17-cm spacing) 90-degree
side-by-side mounting, other near-coincident spacings and angles
possible, and uses AEA standard 4038 SA microphone stand adapters.
AEA R-440 PROP MIC
January 2002—Audio Engineering Associates' R-440 Stage Prop Mic
($495) is a full-size RCA 44-style mic shell with internal shock-mount
for inserting a compact side-address mic—it seems live prop use
with your own mic can be practical.