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AEA Ribbon Mics R88 MkII | Stereo Ribbon Microphone

AEA Ribbon Mics R88 MkII | Stereo Ribbon Microphone

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  • Stereo ribbon microphone that offers a natural sound
  • Captures amazingly wide stereo sources with a single mic
  • Larger-than-normal ribbon elements handle high SPLs with ease
  • Figure-8, Blumlein Configuration (90 degrees) polar pattern
  • 165dB Max SPL

  • The AEA R88 stereo ribbon mic stuns engineers with its clarity and natural stereo image. The R88 boasts two Big Ribbon elements angled at 90 degrees, getting true stereo sound from a single microphone. A great way to get a spacious sound without the hassle of a multi-mic setup. The AEA R88 uses Large Ribbon Geometry (LRG) architecture, that delivers effortless bass down to 20Hz - a feat rarely achieved by mics with a smaller ribbon. With a list of Grammy winning recordings to its name, the AEA R88 proves itself over and over again.

    AEA R88 Stereo Ribbon Microphone at a Glance:

    • Great stereo recordings with a single mic
    • Larger ribbon element for wider frequencies and higher SPLs
    • A list of Grammy awards that keeps growing

    Great stereo recordings with a single mic
    Utilizing two of AEA's signature Big Ribbon elements, the R88 stereo ribbon microphone is able to get a huge stereo spread with a single mic. Angled at 90 degrees and mounted in close proximity to each other along the vertical axis of the microphone, the ribbon elements are optimized to capture large ensembles as a great main mic. It is an excellent orchestral and choral recording microphone, and shines on applications such as horn sections and drum overheads. Whether in a high-end studio or in your home desktop application, the R88 mk2 puts the listener right in the recording room.

    Larger ribbon element for wider frequencies and higher SPLs
    The soul of the AEA R88 is two large pure aluminum low-tension ribbon elements. At 2.35" by 0.185" by 2 micron, they're exactly like the one used in the classic R44. The resonant frequency of a good ribbon microphone design should be as low as possible and longer ribbons result in higher sound pressure level (SPL) handling. The R88's Big Ribbon technology ensures you'll achieve a sound that is smooth and natural. This adds up to a sound that is amazingly close to what your ears will hear when actually standing in the studio with the sound source.

    A list of Grammy awards that keeps growing
    The true value of a piece of gear can be measured by a list of its users and where they use it. The AEA R88 stereo ribbon mic is a shining example of this. The list of Grammy and Academy Award winning projects recorded with the R88 microphone is long and keeps growing: Turtle Island String Quartet, Los Tigres Del Norte, Juanes MTV Unplugged, Life Of Pi soundtrack are just a few. And top-level audio engineers like Joe Chiccarelli, Chuck Ainlay, and Vance Powell trust the AEA R88 so much that Nashville's Blackbird Studios has an R88 in every single room.

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