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Economy Version vom R44C

- Gleiches Bändchen, Transformator und Klang vom R44C
- Einfaches und elegantes Äusseres in schwarz und silbern
- Legendärer Charakter mit über 80 Jahren Recording
- Voller und reicher Klang, weiche Höhen, warme Tiefen
- X-Option mit 6dB mehr Output

The Cost Effective Original
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 to take 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. The CE (cost effective) version delivers exactly the same sound as  the R44C with absolutely no exceptions. By simplifying the exterior  trim of the microphone and reducing manual labor for assembly, we are  able to offer a more affordable 44 model for those of us who don’t  require the polish and museum-grade finish of the 44C version.
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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