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Classic Ribbon Microphone

- Re-Kreation des legendären RCA 44B/BX Bändchen
- New-old Stock (NOS) RCA Bändchen Material
- Legendärer Charakter mit über 80 Jahren Recording
- Voller und reicher Klang, weiche Höhen, warme Tiefen
- X-Option mit 6dB mehr Output für Film Scoring

The Reinvention of a Classic
Whether it be the smooth brass  section of a Hollywood soundtrack, the velvety lushness of a jazz vocal,  or the larger-than-life drum sound of a classic rock record - chances  are that you will find a 44 ribbon mic used on most of your favorite  albums. In studio use for more than 80 years, the 44 ribbon design by  RCA is as rich in history as it is in sound and character. When the  company’s microphone division was closed down in 1976, we at AEA began  servicing ribbon microphones, and by 1998 we were manufacturing 100% of  the parts for the 44, resulting in the release of our very own version  of this classic mic. Its recognizable sound produces thunderous lows due  to the strong proximity effect, full and rich mids, and a unique top  end taking the edge off of harsh instruments. This beautiful,  natural-sounding microphone provides an unmatched authenticity of sonic  reproduction, particularly when placed at a distance in a well-tuned  room.

History Repeating
Forty years of servicing ribbon  microphones has given AEA a lot of insight into why RCA 44s are still in  daily use at world-class studios. Designed in the 1930s, the 44 was a  groundbreaking revolution in recording technology. At a time when  engineers had only one, maybe two microphones to record anything from a  solo artist to an entire orchestra, studio mics had to deliver a great  sound in every application. With its extended reach, reliability, and  high fidelity sound, the 44 set a new quality standard for broadcast,  recording, motion pictures, and sound reinforcement work.

Even  though ribbon mics fell out of fashion in the days of tape recording,  many studios like Capitol Records or Warner kept their revered 44s in  service. Since the advent of the digital revolution, the 44 is now back  in demand more than ever. Reborn as the AEA R44, this mic is a permanent  fixture in the studios of esteemed engineers and producers such as  Bruce Swedien, Kevin Bacon, Shawn Murphy, and John Kurlander, and half  the movies scored in Los Angeles now have an AEA 44 somewhere on the  scoring stage.

The R44 Microphone Family
The AEA  R44-series microphones all share the authentic sound, feel and look of  the 1936-38 RCA 44BX. The R44 series microphones are all detailed,  hand-crafted replicas, using parts that are made to be interchangeable  with an original RCA 44. They even feature ribbon material originally  manufactured for RCA. The original 44 microphones were constantly  updated during their twenty years of production, and after carefully  looking at some of the technical modifications, we at AEA decided to  adopt the British engineering from RCA that reduces the mic's weight and  hum sensitivity. The R44C was designed to meet or exceed the output of a  brand-new RCA 44. It is a museum-quality replica, featuring a bronze  investment cast yoke, superior to the original zinc yokes by RCA (which  tend to corrode over time), a hand-polished cushion mount and a  cloth-covered Accusound Silver Studio Pro cable. The R44CX is a  high-output, red-badge version of the R44C, specially designed for  scoring and other applications demanding a wide dynamic range with the  "classic 44" sound. The cost-effective R44CE features the exact same  ribbon, transformer, and luscious sound as the R44C, but with a simpler,  economical exterior trim. This version features a one-piece cushion  mount, a formed steel yoke with satin nickel finish, and a star-quad XLR  output cable. Finally, the R44CXE is the high output version of the  R44CE combining the economical finish with the higher output of the  R44CX.

The  R44 series microphones are passive, like the RCA 44, and are more  forgiving in a wider range of situations than active microphones can be  in terms of headroom. For the active version of the R44, check out the  AEA A440 page. The A440 has the hottest signal, and can therefore boast,  through highest signal to noise ratio, to be the quietest of any ribbon  mic on the planet.
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