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AEA R84 Ribbon Microphone
Based on the character of the legendary R44, the AEA R84 Ribbon Microphone provides classic tonality with extended top-end and reduced proximity effect for medium and close range recording.
In 2000, AEA sought to design a more compact, lighter and less expensive version of the hefty, eight-pound RCA 44BX. The result was the R84, which includes the best of the 44 series in a lower cost, three-pound package.
The R84 and original RCA 44 (now the R44C) share the same Big Ribbon element, transformer and other elements in the design. By using modern design techniques and stronger — but smaller — magnets in the R84, the classic RCA ribbon sound is retained.
However, the R84 has improvements — including less proximity effect, better top end, vibration isolation and greater placement flexibility on tight stages and in studios. The mic’s U-shaped yoke acts as a shock mount and also enables the user to position the R84 at numerous angles even with a straight stand.
A WORKHORSE RIBBON
The R84 series quickly endears itself to engineers and musicians due to its remarkably expansive frequency range complete with sweeping highs and booming lows.
The R84’s balanced and manageable proximity effect just feet away from the source bolsters the low end of vocals, drums, and brass. With a ribbon mic as multi-purpose, lightweight, and maneuverable as the R84, it is well-suited for both close-up and ambient mic applications.
The R84A retains the same sonic character of the R84 but offers an additional 12 dB of output and a stable impedance giving it even more flexibility when used with quiet sources and any preamp.
A MODERN CLASSIC
The R84 is a staple in numerous recording studios because of its unique tonality and classic sound. Its smooth, high-frequency roll-off and reduced sibilance make it the go-to choice for engineers tracking vocals and other instruments that often sound harsh when recorded with condenser mics.
The R84’s gorgeous mid-range captures the unique qualities of many instruments with detailed elegance. Its large low end is perfect for beefing up the sound of drum kits or thickening up the bass in thin vocals. It’s a mic that works well on practically any voice or musical instrument, making it useful tool in both recording and broadcast studios.
- Warm, smooth and detailed classic ribbon sound
- Full and rich tonality with generous highs and lows
- Voiced like the legendary R44 Series but with less proximity effect
- Versatile for both close and ambient applications
- Made in the U.S.A.
|Package Contents||Custom storage / shipping case, manual|
|Unit Weight||3 lb|
|Tube or Solid State||Solid State|
|Polar Pattern||Bi-Directional / Figure-Eight|
|Number of Microphones||Single Microphone|
|Impedance||Nominal: 270 Ohms|
|Frequency Range||20 Hz - 20 kHz|
|Sensitivity||-53 dBV/Pa (2.25 mV) into unloaded circuit|
|Max. SPL||165+ dB (1% third harmonic > 1 kHz)|
Have only really used this on drums as an overhead and a far kick/room mic and it’s wonderful for that application. I’m not a huge fan of this mic solo on acoustic guitar, but might be nice coupled with one of my condenser mics. I’m looking forward to trying it on horns and electric guitar, but either way it is a clean and clear mic, with a smooth high end and has the ability to give me that ribbon sound that I’ve been looking for. Plus this is just a beautiful mic!
Killa Dilla Mic!!!! Love it!
i knew it was a good mic’ .. it’s exceeded my expectations !
This mic rules!
AEA and Wes Dooley have been making some of the best sounding hand-made ribbons for decades now. This is the most versatile of all his mics that I've tried and the price is spot on. You can stick this right up close to a guitar cab for a montrous sound or use it on a delicate source such as percussion or harp. I do quite a bit of classical recording and on strings this is as good as it gets (in a proper acoustic space). Comes with a super nice case as well. USA made quality at a completely fair price. I plan to buy more AEA ribbons as budget allows.
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