The AEA N8 Ribbon Microphone is a modern ribbon mic that records the live, natural sound of instruments within a space as it would sound in-person, with all subtlety and nuance present. It effortlessly captures complex sources like drums, strings, piano, and other instruments that can produce intricate transients, harsh highs, and bellowing lows.
The AEA N8 Ribbon Microphone captures a space as it sounds live and in person, with all the present subtlety and nuance. Its expansive frequency response and balanced low end make it superbly effective when capturing the full breadth of sound from the back of a room, above a drum set, or overhead a string section. It boasts the widest frequency range of any mic in the AEA lineup and effortlessly manages more complex source audio like drums, strings, piano, and other instruments that produce intricate transients, harsh highs, and bellowing lows. The full potential of the AEA N8 Ribbon Microphone is perhaps best realized when configured in a stereo array, as it draws on the same successful sonic concepts as the AEA R88.
The Far-field Ribbon
The AEA N8 is a far-field ribbon mic, meaning it is designed to be positioned at an ideal distance of 12 inches or farther from the source of sound. This far-field design allows for a wide range of options when positioning the AEA N8 Ribbon Microphone to best capture an instrument within the context of a room.From as far away as 20 feet away, the AEA N8 Ribbon Microphone retains the low end frequencies of the sources it captures, and its open, natural tonality makes it perfect to record an entire orchestras or the full low end of a drum kit from overhead. The proximity effect of the AEA N8 Ribbon Microphone is present when recording a source from closer than 12 inches, so this feature can be used to accentuate the low-end of a vocal or string instrument. Potential damage from loud sources is of no concern, even at such a short distance, as the AEA N8 Ribbon Microphone can handle 141+dB SPL at 1 kHz. If less proximity effect is desired when recording at close range, the near-field AEA N22 is an effective ribbon mic to complement the AEA N8’s far-field performance.
AEA N8 Ribbon Microphone Features
- Open and natural sound
- Far-field ribbon mic that retains low end and top end from a distance
- Same design philosophy as the AEA R88 stereo ribbon mic
- Compact, lightweight, and low-profile design
- Features active electronics and custom transformer optimized for all preamps
- Made in the U.S.A.
AEA N8 Ribbon Microphone Specifications
- Operating Principle: Pressure gradient microphone
- Directional Pattern: Bidirectional or Figure-of-8
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
- Max SPL: 141 dB (1% third harmonic > 1 kHz)
- Output Impedance: 92 Ohms, broadband
- Sensitivity: -44.2 dBV/Pa (6.2 mV) into unloaded circuit
- Connector: XLR
- Height: 8.83" (32.4 cm)
- Width: 1.62" (4.1 cm)
- Depth: 1.62" (4.1 cm)
AEA N8 Ribbon Microphone Includes
- AEA N8 Ribbon Microphone
- Storage Case
- Microphone Stand Clip
- Custom Protective Mic Sleeve
- User Manual
- Manufacturer Warranty
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