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AEA R44C Series Big Ribbon Studio Microphone

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Taking its queue from the RCA ribbons of yesteryear this mic is all you would ever dream for in a ribbon mic. Twenty years servicing ribbon microphones gave us a lot of insight into why RCA 44s are still in daily studio use. During the 1990s, 44 collectors made it difficult for even recording studios to acquire one. Reborn as the AEA R44, today you'll find engineer/producers such as Bruce Swedien, Kevin Bacon and Shawn Murphy using them around the world. Half the movies scored in Los Angeles now have at least one 44 on the scoring stage.


      The Reinvention of a Classic

      The AEA R44 series microphones all share the authentic sound, feel and look of the 1936-38 RCA 44BX. They combine the 1930s US sound with British engineering from RCA that reduces the mic's weight and hum sensitivity. The R44 series microphones are all hand-crafted replicas in detail, using parts that are made to be interchangeable with an original RCA 44, even featuring ribbon material originally manufactured for RCA. The R44C was designed to meet or exceed the output of an RCA 44 when it was new. The R44CX is a high-output version of the R44C especially designed for scoring and other applications demanding a wide dynamic range with the "classic 44" sound. 

      The R44 series microphones are passive, like an RCA 44 is, and can be used in a wider range of situations without distorting than active microphones can. For the active version of the R44, check out the AEA A440 page. The A440 has the hottest signal and therefore can boast to be the quietest (highest signal to noise ratio) of any ribbon mic on the planet!

      The R44C is a museum-quality replica featuring details such as a bronze investment cast yoke rather than the original zinc yokes provided by RCA (which have a tendency to corrode over time). The iconic "streamline moderne" transformer case with "radio" finish (black with bright nickel) comes standard. The R44C is distinguished by a black and silver AEA emblem. The microphone package includes a three-meter cloth covered Accusound Silver Studio Pro cable, a zippered canvas bag, and AEA 44VC vertical case for proper shipping and storage. 

      Operating Principle: Velocity microphone
      Frequency Response: Below 30 Hz to above 20 kHz
      Maximum SPL: 140 + dB SPL above 200Hz for 1% third harmonic
      Output Sensitivity: 2.25 mV / Pa into unloaded circuit
      Output Impedance: 270 ohms broadband
      Recommended Load: 1.2 K ohm or greater
      Powering: Not required or recommended
      Polarity: Pin 2 high for positive pressure on the front of the microphone.Connector: XLR-3M wired to a 2 meter captive cable

      Off Axis Response:
      Polar Pattern: Native bi-directional pattern
      Horizontal: Level changes with angle, frequency response is consis-

      tent, –90 dB null at 90 / 270 degrees
      Vertical: Level changes with angle, reduced HF response above and

      below 0 / 180 degree axis, null at 90 / 270 degrees

      Transducer element
      Ribbon Thickness: 1.8 microns ( .0000018 meter ) of pure aluminumRibbon Width: 4.7 mm
      Ribbon Length: 59.7 mm

      Included: Custom storage / shipping case, stand adapter, manual and

      attached two-meter microphone cableLimited Warranty:

      Manufactured by Audio Engineering Associates:

      1029 N. Allen Ave. Pasadena, California 91104, USA
      Tel: +626-798-9128 Fax: +626-798-2378 www.ribbonmics.com

      Displayed range from 100 Hz up due to measurement room size limitations.

      Other AEA recording tools:

      R84 Studio Ribbon Microphone R88 Stereo Ribbon Microphone R92 Stereo Ribbon Microphone The Ribbon Pre

      Stereo Microphone Positioners

      Collapsible Tall Stands for on-location

      Heavy-duty Microphone Stands and Booms

      Decca Trees and Surround Microphone Arrays

      The New Stereo Soundbook, Third Edition.
      Plenty of information, no math required. www.stereosoundbook.com

      Three years parts and labor, shipping not included. 


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