AEA R84 Ribbon Microphone


Large Ribbon Geometry Microphone built for general purpose use in the studio

What we think:

There aren’t too many ribbon mics that exhibit the source flexibility of the R84 - mostly due to its more balanced, neutral frequency response when compared to the typical dark and warm ribbon tone. Not to say those classic ribbon tones aren’t flexible, however the additional openness and frequency balance allows the R84 to perform exceptionally well on applications like vocals, acoustic guitars, and strings in addition to the more typically sources you’d find ribbons (electric guitars, brass instruments, overheads, etc.) In our studio we often use our R84s to capture the smooth warmth of our Leslie cabinet with our Hammond B3 (be sure to check the video to hear it in action). We’ll also grab the R84 over other ribbons for electric guitar when we’re looking to capture the tone of the amp without much additional color but with the natural smoothness that a ribbon provides. Its striking physical design and classic AEA logo certainly catch the eye, and is certain to impress those clients.

Manufacturer Description:

The AEA R84 is an affordable Large Ribbon Geometry (LRG) microphone suitable for use by the most demanding audio professional or hobbyist. This "R84 Zone" is for you and other users to share your experiences. We expect to expand this area with practical illustrations, guides to tracking situations, and actual recording experiences. Our intention is to encourage and support your success and satisfaction as you become familiar with this mic's unique features. Drop us an e-mail to share your experiences, or if you want to be informed when we post new, practical information here.

If you are new to ribbons, you are in for a treat! Experienced users have discovered the R84 is an outstanding general-purpose microphone, ideally suited for solo and accent work. It is hard to find an application where this mic does not shine. It is a fine example of the natural sound and figure-8 directional sensitivity a quality ribbon mic delivers.

Pure natural sound, just as you hear it when you're placing your mic in the studio. Quick smooth transients that capture the feeling of being there without sounding like a recording. Extended bass and treble that captures the details without shoving anything in your face.

A figure-eight pattern that focuses your recording on the sound you want. We believe you will enjoy the confidence this mic inspires. It's a forgiving tool that makes your recording work easier, as it literally sounds good on everything. Try it first and you'll usually like it and find it sits well in the mix. When time is scarce and quality necessary, put the R84 to the test. Our users' experience is that you'll use it more and more (in pairs too!). Then it will start to really grow on you.

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