AEA R88A Active Stereo Ribbon Microphone

  • $ 2,399.00


AEA R88A Stereo Active Ribbon Mic in stock at Tidepool Audio!

The stereo active R88A ribbon mic captures sound as your ears hear it, with an honest and open tonality. The R88 effortlessly records complex sources like drums, strings, piano, and other instruments that produce intricate transients, harsher highs, and bellowing lows.

The active R88A retains the same sonic character of the passive R88 MkII but offers an additional 12dB of output and a stable impedance that allows flexibility when recording quiet sources through any preamp.

The extra 12db of output is vital when recording quiet sources like vocals or soft acoustic guitars. The active circuitry also prevents noise interference on long cable runs or when operating near large lighting rigs. The R88A’s active circuitry requires standard 48-volt phantom power to operate. The premium R88A is visually distinguished by a red cable at its base.

The stereo active AEA R88A captures a space as it sounds live and in person, with all the present subtlety and nuance. Its expansive frequency response and balanced low end make it superbly effective when capturing the full breadth of sound from the back of a room or above a drum set.

Alongside the mono AEA Nuvo N8, it boasts the widest frequency range of any mic in the AEA lineup and effortlessly manages more complex source audio like drums, strings, piano, and other instruments that produce intricate transients, harsher highs, and bellowing lows. The Blumlein configuration of the ribbons allows for a sweeping range of perspective, so an entire ensemble and room can be captured by the R88 alone.

The active R88A is the engineer’s secret weapon, offering a level of detail and balance in recording like no other microphone available. Packaged in a sleek, five-pound black shell designed for quick setup, it’s an excellent choice for remote recording.

  • Features two Big Ribbons™ in a fixed Blumlein and mid-side configuration
    R88A version has 12dB level increase and is optimized for all preamps
  • Astonishingly open and natural sound
  • Far-field ribbon mic designed to retain low end and top end at a distance
  • The R88A is basically a stereo version of the AEA N8
  • Made in the U.S.A.