AEA R44ACE  From AEA

The R44ACE celebrates the 20th anniversary of AEA's legendary R44 by combining components of the R44CE with the active elements of the A440 to produce a classic sound with modern aesthetic.  This is a ultra-limited run, with just 52 microphones worldwide!

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Tour of Types Vocal Mic Shootout: Shure SM7B vs AEA R44 CXE vs Manley Ref C vs Neumann U87Ai

In this video, we put four different types of microphones up against each other on female vocals: the Shure SM7B (Dynamic Mic), the AEA R44 CXE (Ribbon Mic), the Manley Ref C (LDC Tube Mic), and the Neumann U87Ai (Solid State LDC Mic). Joining us for this shootout are Ayisa Adderley (vocals) and Caige Crampshee (guitar) from the band Eyes Eat Suns. Check them out at WWW.EYESEATSUNS.BAND.

Manufacturer's Description from AEA

The R44ACE- Limited Edition Active CE

Enveloped in an elegant, matte black finish, the R44ACE heralds the 20th anniversary of the legendary AEA R44.  Combining components of the R44CE with the active elements of the A440, the ACE delivers a classic sound with a modern aesthetic.

The R44C, AEA’s museum reproduction of the RCA 44BX, was first produced in 1998.  To celebrate its 20 year run, we developed the active, cost-effective, and stylized R44ACE to memorialize the spirit of the R44 while making it affordable and appealing to a newer generation of ribbon mic adherents.  The ACE is an exciting amalgamation of 1930s technology and modern production that delivers the R44’s classic sound in a new context.

The R44ACE utilizes new old stock RCA ribbon material and boasts a full, rich tonality with generous low end and the 44’s signature proximity effect.  The active electronics within the R44ACE result in 12dB more output than the original R44CE, so it’s highly useful when recording quiet sources and is optimized for use with any preamp.

The R44ACE is handcrafted in Pasadena, CA, U.S.A.

TR44ACE is handcrafted in Pasadena, CA, U.S.A.

T

he R44C, AEA’s museum reproduction of the RCA

44BX, was first produced in 1998. To celebrate its

20 year run, we developed the active, cost-effective, and

stylized R44ACE to memorialize the spirit of the R44

while making it affordable and appealing to a newer

generation of ribbon mic adherents. The ACE is an

exciting amalgamation of 1930s technology and

modern production that delivers the R44’s classic sound

in a new context.

The R44ACE utilizes new old stock RCA ribbon material

and boasts a full, rich tonality with generous low end and

the 44’s signature proximity effect. The active electronics

within the R44ACE result in 12dB more output than the

original R44CE, so it’s highly useful when recording quiet

sources and is optimized for use with any preamp.

The R44ACE is handcrafted in Pasadena, CA, U.S.A.

T

he R44C, AEA’s museum reproduction of the RCA

44BX, was first produced in 1998. To celebrate its

20 year run, we developed the active, cost-effective, and

stylized R44ACE to memorialize the spirit of the R44

while making it affordable and appealing to a newer

generation of ribbon mic adherents. The ACE is an

exciting amalgamation of 1930s technology and

modern production that delivers the R44’s classic sound

in a new context.

The R44ACE utilizes new old stock RCA ribbon material

and boasts a full, rich tonality with generous low end and

the 44’s signature proximity effect. The active electronics

within the R44ACE result in 12dB more output than the

original R44CE, so it’s highly useful when recording quiet

sources and is optimized for use with any preamp.

The R44ACE is handcrafted in Pasadena, CA, U.S.A.

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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

  • 52 Pieces Worldwide
  • Active Circuitry from AEA's Flagship A440
  • Matte Black Finish
  • Custom, Black SKB Flight Case
  • Hand-numbered and signed by Wes Dooley