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AEA N8 Phantom Powered Ribbon Microphone Stereo Kit  From AEA

Get huge bottom and greater top end detail and openness with this modern, phantom-powered ribbon design.

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$2,399.00

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AEA N8 Phantom Powered Ribbon Microphone Quick n' Dirty

In this video, Sound Pure pro audio specialist Marc Kuzio describes the many benefits of the AEA N8 Phantom Powered Ribbon Microphone and we hear a sample of this mic in action on drums.

Manufacturer's Description from AEA

Features
  • Designed for overheads, strings, and room mics
  • Unobtrusive, video friendly look
  • The same Big Ribbon™ as the R44
  • Phantom powered electronics for optimal performance with any preamp
  • 100% manufactured in Pasadena, CA
 
Modern Look, Big Ribbon Sound
 
Following the successful N22 model designed for singer-songwriters and project studios, the N8 sounds distinctly different despite having a similar appearance to the N22. In designing the N8, we set out to create the most open and natural sounding ribbon microphone ever made. Conceived to render acoustic spaces as faithfully as possible, the new N8 microphone excels in capturing drum overheads and rooms, strings, classical ensembles, and orchestras. As such, it is the ideal complement to the N22 microphone. But even when used up close, the N8 delivers exceptional clarity and warmth, while also taking EQ extremely well without ever being harsh.
By employing a similar design philosophy as used on the popular R88 stereo ribbon microphone, the N8 achieves an astonishingly transparent sound with a superior transient response that lets AEA’s famed Big Ribbon truly shine. The aluminum ribbon in the N8 is identical to the flagship R44 model in its dimensions and tuning, putting it in direct lineage of the iconic RCA 44 type.
The N8’s unobtrusive size and the “stealth” matte black finish is ideal for orchestral and TV work, where microphones need to be easy to position and more or less invisible. The N8’s phantom-powered electronics and a custom German transformer complete the package and deliver groundbreaking low level detail and optimal distortion performance, even when driving long cable lines in remote recording situations. Just like all other AEA products, the N8 is 100% manufactured in Pasadena, CA.
The N8 is the second member of AEA’s NUVO series of microphones. Rooted in the RCA tradition just like other AEA ribbon microphones, all NUVO microphones are designed to offer a fresh approach to the ribbon transducer and represent Wes Dooley’s take on the evolution of the ribbon microphone.
 
AEA’s NUVO Series Stereo Kit enables serious musicians and engineers to rapidly set up and accurately record in stereo on a single stand. The NUVO Stereo Kit consists of either two matched N22s or two matched N8s, and comes with all of the accessories necessary to easily configure the figure-eight microphones in Blumlein and near-coincident. Similar to the AEA's Stereo R88, the N8 was designed to capture the natural tonality of an instrument with the least amount of coloration possible. Using AEA's new SMS Stereo Bar and NUVO Microphone Coupler enables the user to arrange their N8s in a precise and accurate Blumlein array. 
 
 
 
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About Manufacturer

Wes Dooley's longtime passion for audio has infused his company, Audio Engineering Associates (AEA), with a well balanced blend of creativity and technical expertise for forty years. At the core of AEA is a genuine interest in the art and science of audio. From areas as diverse as forensic audio and microphone design, Wes' passion for audio has led him all over the world, from recording experiences in Europe, Africa, and New Zealand, to the courtrooms of Los Angeles as a forensic audio and video expert witness. Such experiences have led Wes to design products which help resolve problems commonly encountered by recording engineers. His portable recording tools including, multi-channel microphone arrays, MS stereo processors, stereo phase displays and very tall microphone stands, have all made on-site recording far more feasible. Despite his contributions to on-location recording, Wes is best known for his pursuit of excellence in ribbon microphone technology. After two decades of representing and servicing the BBC 4038 in the United States, he began to experiment with his own ribbon microphones. During the last decade Wes became aware of the increasing scarcity of R44's and other ribbon microphones. In 1998, responding to this need, Wes re-introduced the 44 much to the thrill of many in the recording industry. Les Paul told Wes that AEA's R44 is his favorite microphone and engineer/producers such as Bruce Swedien, Kevin Bacon, and Shawn Murphy routinely use AEA's R44. Even without such critical acclaim the numbers speak for themselves. Over half of the movies scored in Los Angeles have a 44 somewhere on the scoring stage. Building off of his successful reintroduction of the R44, in 2002 Wes designed and began producing an original ribbon mic, the AEA R84. His groundbreaking work with ribbon microphones helped him to secure the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Silver Medal Award in the fall of 2003. This award, established by the AES in 1971, in honor of audio pioneers Alexander Graham Bell, Emile Berliner, and Thomas A. Edison, is given in recognition of outstanding development or achievement in the field of audio engineering. Wes has also co-authored two AES Journal articles about stereo microphone techniques, chaired workshops on mic techniques and mixing strategies for compatible multiple releases for cinema, broadcast and home video, and has presented section meetings on stereo techniques and forensic audio. He is involved with AES standards work and currently serves on the SC-03-12 Working Group on Forensic Audio and SC-04-04 Working Group on Microphone Measurement and Characterization.

Specifications

Specifications 
 
Operating Principle: 
  • Pressure gradient microphone
Directional Pattern: 
  • Bidirectional or Figure-of-8
Frequency Range: 
  • 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL: 
  • 141 dBSPL (1% third harmonic > 1 kHz)
Output Impedance: 
  • 92 Ω broadband
Recommended Load Impedance: 
  • 1.0 kΩ or greater
Powering: 
  • P48 phantom power, 7 mA
Polarity: 
  • Pin 2 high for positive pressure at the front of the microphone.
Connector: 
  • XLR-3M 
Off Axis Response:
Polar Pattern: 
  • Native bidirectional pattern
Horizontal: 
  • Level changes with angle, frequency response is consistent, –35 dB null at 90° / 270°
Vertical: 
  • Level changes with angle, reduced HF response above and below 0° / 180° axis, –35 dB null at 90° / 270°
Transducer element:
Ribbon Thickness: 
  • 1.8 μ (0.0000018 m) of pure aluminum
Ribbon Width: 
  • 0.185” (4.7 mm) 
Ribbon Length: 
  • 2.35” (59.7 mm)
Accessories:
Included: 
  •  A Heavy-Duty SKB travel case, the new AEA SMS stereo bar, two custom Windtech windscreens, a NUVO Blumlein coupler and mounting hardware.
Limited Warranty: 
  • One year parts and labor, shipping not included. Three year extended warranty if the product is registered.
Height: 
  • 8.83” (32.4 cm)
Width: 
  • 1.62” (4.1 cm)
Depth: 
  • 1.62” (4.1 cm