AEA RPQ 500 microphone preamps for your 500-series rack are in stock at Tidepool Audio. Call to order yours!
AEA R84 Silver Limited Edition microphones are in stock at Tidepool Audio. Call to order yours, they are limited to a total of 125 mics!
AEA R84, R92, R88, R44CNE and R44C ribbon microphones produce a rich,
warm tone on vocals, guitar cabinets, drums, brass, and strings. Most
contemporary recording is done in the digital domain and mics with overly
'toppy' response can get pretty old when overdubbed on multiple tracks.
Creative recordists are looking back to ribbon microphones to produce
more organic and fatigue-free tracks. AEA mics utilize a figure
8 pickup pattern, with the front side being a bit more present;
creative recordists will enjoy experimenting with placement to achieve
Pasadena, California based AEA is known as the "go-to" experts
for original, pre-war RCA microphone restoration. AEA uses a 2" ribbon element, which contributes to their
rich bass extension. By contrast, many other ribbon microphones use a
1" or smaller ribbon.
You may have noticed that the floodgates have opened and there are many Chinese-built
ribbon mics on the market. Absurdly, some of these cost as much as the classic AEA mics which are entirely made in the U.S. Just like you wouldn't expect a $200 wireless microphone to be useful for pro-level work, the same can be said for these off-shore built wanna-be imitations. Spend your money wisely on tools that will last if you're serious about your craft!
R92 microphones - in stock
so many artists use AEA R84 microphones to obtain smooth & warm
tones on guitar cabs, there have been requests for an AEA ribbon
mic that is specialized for this & other close-mic'd applications.
if you could take an R84 mic and decrease its proximity effect (bass
boost) for times when the mic is placed close to the speaker cabinet,
but still retain its rugged high-spl capability? How about less
acoustical batting for an even more open top end? And what if you
could make it less expensive?
AEA R92 microphone fits the bill. We feel that at its $900
list price, the tone to dollar
ratio is off the scale! This is the ribbon mic for those who have
been waiting for a professional-quality, but lower-cost alternative
to the industry-standard R84.
AEA R92 offers the same 2" ribbon and sensitivity as its bigger
brother, but the shock mounting and finish are simplified. We think
the R92 looks totally cool, like a 50's spaceship. AEA R92 in stock.
To see the AEA R92 side-by-side with the AEA R84, click
R84 microphones - in stock
AEA R84 is the best-selling
professional ribbon microphone offered in the last ten years. The
key reason: it is the world's first ribbon mic featuring a 2"
ribbon element which is especially tailored for close-up and accent
applications. The AEA R84 microphone produces beautiful tones on
guitar cabs, drums (mono overhead with compression), vocals, brass,
and strings. In addition to close-up work, engineers are using the
AEA R84 in pairs to achieve a rich room sound. The R84 utilizes
the exact same 2" ribbon and the same basic acoustic structure
as the R44CNE in a cost effective and handsome housing.
Complete with hard-wired 10 foot cable, shock-mount/ stand adapter
and rugged storage/travel pouch.
for AEA R84 price.
AEA R88 mk II has been optimized
for stereo instrument and ensemble recording. The R88's two ribbon
motors are oriented at 90 degrees, and have excellent off-axis frequency
response. The R88 uses the large ribbon configuration of the classic
RCA 44 series mics, which gives the mic solid 20Hz bass response
and a smooth high end which is flattering to complex tones such
as cymbals, strings, and woodwinds.
R88 mk II is very useful for chamber music, drum overheads, stereo piano
pickup, horn sections, and most any coincident stereo pickup application.
The high quality passive electronics in the R88 ensure a huge dynamic
range with minimal distortion. The R88 will sound best with a preamp
that has at least 60dB of clean gain, low noise floor (-127dB EIN
or better) and input impedance of at least 1.5 kOhm.
The R88 is minimally protected from wind blasts for the most natural
sound quality possible, so a pop filter should be used when making
close vocal recordings. The R88 may be used for both Blumlein stereo
and M-S Stereo recording techniques. The mic is finished in black
to reduce visibility in live recording situations, and features
an integral shock suspension to reduce noise coupled through the
R88 mk II list price is $1895; call for
AEA RPQ 500 preamp - NEW, in stock!
The brand new RPQ 500 single-channel microphone preamp provides high-quality, high-gain, low-noise microphone preamplification. It delivers the speed, precision, quietness, and headroom useful for today's high-resolution recordings. One channel with high frequency and low frequency variable filters, 80 dB of gain and mic/line level input switching. You can even use the line level input for mixing & mastering where the gentle eq can be especially useful!
Call for AEA RPQ 500 price.
AEA RPQ preamp - in stock
The RPQ ribbon preamp with Curve-Shaping provides two channels of high-quality, high-gain, low-noise microphone preamplification. It delivers the speed, precision, quietness, and headroom useful for today's high-resolution recordings. The JFET design generates up to 80 dB of clean, quiet gainwith extended bandwidth from below 1 Hz to beyond 200 kHz for dynamic range and transient response that complements all of your microphones. Includes phantom power for your condensor mics, too!
Call for AEA RPQ price.
AEA TRP preamp - in stock
The Ribbon Mic Pre is a preamp designed specifically for ribbon microphones with 83 dB of clean gain and no phantom power. The TRP is an ultra fast, two channel, minimal-path JFET preamp. It's designed to have one of the lowest noise floors available.
Call for AEA TRP price.
is a slightly modernized version of the R44, with later English
44 enhancements from RCA Ltd. that reduced hum sensitivity by 20
decibels and reduced the mic's weight. Cosmetics are modified
to reduce cost. Supplied with hard-wired 10 foot cable, shock-mount/
stand adapter and case.
R44CNE list price is $3000; call
microphone is painstakingly manufactured and only an expert could
tell it apart from the original RCA model, which was produced from
1936 to 1938. This museum quality replica uses the same 1.8
micron, 2" ribbon material originally manufactured for RCA.
Supplied with hard-wired 10 foot cable, shock-mount/ stand adapter
R44C list price is $3550; call for
and Dont's of Ribbon Microphones
- Do use
a microphone preamp which can supply at least 60 to 65 decibels of gain.
blow into the mic. One reason an AEA mic sounds so good is because the
ribbon is designed to freely vibrate from sound waves, no matter how
small. Stiffen the ribbon material and you lose clarity and sensitivity.
You wouldn't want violin builders to use dense tops at the expense of
tone, would you? The 2" ribbon is extremely rugged, but it is only
1.8 micron thick (that's really thin), so a windblast can deform it.
To mic close-up vocals (highly recommended), just use an effective pop
filter or windscreen. Enjoy rich, detailed tone.
use phantom power; turn off the phantom power on your preamp or mixing
information on the AEA R84, AEA R92, AEA TRP, AEA RPQ, AEA RPQ500 and AEA R44, check out the AEA
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