AEA R44CE Ribbon Microphone


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The AEA R44CE Ribbon Microphone is a faithful reproduction of the legendary RCA 44. With over 80 years of studio history, this classic ribbon mic defies modern trends, delivering a unique, exceptional and an unmatched vintage-inspired sound for today's recording endeavors.

The AEA R44CE Ribbon Microphone is a remarkable testament to the revival of a legendary audio icon, the RCA 44. This microphone embarks on a journey through time, echoing the sonic excellence that has captivated audio professionals for generations. In a world where microphone designs are continually evolving, the AEA R44CE stands proudly as a tribute to classic elegance and timeless sound. The R44CE is 100% identical to the AEA R44C in terms of sound and internal parts nut with a more economical finish.

Capturing Decades of Studio History
For over 80 years, the AEA RCA 44 has been an essential companion in recording studios, from the golden era of big bands to contemporary recording practices. Even after RCA ceased production in 1955, the 44 B/BX remained an enduring symbol of audio excellence. Renowned for its smooth and forgiving sonic character, as well as its unique tonal balance, it has been cherished by artists, engineers, and producers alike. As the collector's market rapidly absorbed the limited supply of AEA RCA 44 microphones, the AEA R44CE now offers a chance to embrace this iconic character.

A Faithful Reproduction of RCA's Finest
The AEA R44CE does not merely replicate the original RCA 44; it elevates its legacy. Both discerning listeners and precise measurements attest to the AEA R44CE's superior performance. AEA's dedication to authenticity spans over 25 years, as they listened to the insights of users and ex-RCA engineers. Drawing from their intimate knowledge of AEA RCA 44s and their history of crafting replacement parts, AEA ensures the utmost fidelity by utilizing ribbon material originally manufactured for RCA.

A Design That Defies Modern Trends
In an era where microphone designs are increasingly compact and lightweight, the AEA R44CE boldly embraces a different path. Its substantial size and weight set it apart, as does its exceptionally long internal ribbon element and resonance tuning that defies the conventions of modern ribbon microphones. Embracing a pure undamped ribbon design—a rarity in contemporary manufacturing—the AEA R44CE possesses a character and sound that are truly unique. It excels across a diverse range of applications, offering a distinctive sonic signature that sets it apart from the crowd.

AEA R44CE Ribbon Microphone Features

  • The R44CE is 100% identical to the AEA R44C but with a more economical finish
  • A classic microphone design, meticulously recreated for modern recording needs
  • Incorporates authentic ribbon material from the original RCA 44
  • A single diaphragm Figure 8 ribbon microphone with a timeless design
  • A departure from the sound of modern ribbon microphones, providing a unique audio profile
  • Delivers sound quality equal to or surpassing the original RCA 44
  • Impressive capability to handle high sound pressure levels
  • Covers an extensive frequency range, spanning from below 30Hz to above 20kHz
  • Features a native bi-directional polar pattern, offering versatile recording options

AEA R44CE Ribbon Microphone Specifications

  • Operating Principle: Pressure Gradient Transducer
  • Directional Pattern: Bidirectional
  • Frequency Range: < 20 Hz to > 20 kHz
  • Polarity: Pin 2 High for Positive Pressure on Front of Microphone
  • Polar Response: Figure-of-8 Pattern
  • Horizontal: Up to 90 dB Rejection at Right Angles to the Front/Back Axis
  • Vertical: Level Changes with Angle of Incidence, but Frequency Response is Consistent
  • Maximum SPL: 165+ dB SPL (1% 3rd Harmonic > 1 kHz)
  • Sensitivity: 2.25 mV/Pa (-53 dBV) into Unloaded Circuit
  • Output Impedance: 270 Ω Broadband
  • Recommended Load Impedance: 1.2 k Ω Or Greater
  • Transducer Element Material:
    • Thickness: 1.8 μm
    • Width: 0.185 in (4.7 mm)
    • Length: 2.35 in (59.7 mm)
  • Microphone Dimensions:
    • Height: 12.25 in (31.1 cm)
    • Width: 4.62 in (11.7 cm)
    • Depth: 3.25 in (8.3 cm)
  • Weight w/ Cable: 7 lb 9 oz (3.43 kg)
  • Connector: XLR-3M

AEA R44CE Ribbon Microphone Includes

  • AEA R44CE Ribbon Microphone
  • Captive 10-Foot Output Cable w/ XLR-3M Connector
  • Vertical Storage Case
  • Zippered Canvas Bag
  • User Manual
  • Manufacturer Warranty

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What We Think


The AEA R44CE Ribbon Microphone is an absolute killer deal if you're after the hefty sound of the R44 without the additional $1200 heft of the price-tag for the historically accurate "bling" casing and grille of the AEA R44C. The R44CE is one of AEA's best-selling microphones and for good reason. The differing case and grille design than that of the even more economical R84, lends a bit more of a distinctive punch in the R44CE. So, the CE occupies that much needed middle ground for the engineer after the accurate sound of the R44C for whom the bling-factor doesn't matter so much. Regardless of whichever AEA large-ribbon geometry microphones you go with, you have serious tools for the discriminating recording engineer. There's no substitute for microphone technique. And when you get to know your AEA tool-set, your recordings will be leagues better than before.

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