AEA NUVO N22 active ribbon microphone
The NUVO N22 is a modern near-field and active ribbon mic with a rugged lightweight design, extended top-end clarity, and reduced proximity effect making it perfect for close miking of instruments.
- Extended top end with a ribbon’s classic warmth
- Near-field ribbon mic with reduced proximity effect
- Balanced frequency response at 1 to 18 inches from the source
- Compact, lightweight design with rugged durability
- Active electronics and custom transformer optimized for all preamps
- Made in the U.S.A.
The near-field N22 is a modern ribbon mic that challenges expectations of traditional ribbon technology and can reframe the way you record with ribbons.
It delivers clarity and balance in frequency response, even when positioned just inches from the source, and can stand alone in a mix without the need for the blending additional mic signals due to its extended top-end.
The N22 can be positioned inches away from an instrument and retain a balanced sound with extended top end while avoiding the room tone that can cause problems in smaller spaces or iso booths. This is what makes the N22 special.
It exhibits a high-frequency bump at 3kHz making it ideal for recording vocals, electric guitar, bass cabs, kick drum, acoustic guitar, and percussion. It is best to think of the N22’s placement in terms of inches instead of feet.
The N22 naturally reduces proximity effect while also avoiding the room tone that can cause problems in smaller spaces or iso booths. Naturally rolling off the low-end before it hits the ribbon creates a much different sound than using electronic equalization to roll off the low-end in post.
“I love the AEA N22. We’ve used it on almost every electric guitar track I’ve recorded since getting that mic…”
“My N22 has turned out to be an incredible bass amp mic…to such an extent that I won’t record bass without it.”
"The N22 is my first and usually final choice if I’m micing my HIWATT live on a stage or my Princeton or AC30 in the studio. Really special mics and a really special company.”