the aea story
The AEA R44C, a faithful recreation of the iconic RCA 44 microphone.
In 1976, we began servicing ribbon microphones, and by 1998 we were manufacturing 100% of the parts for the RCA 44. We decided to release our version of the 44 and thus was born AEA Ribbon Mics.
Owning an AEA product means that you are serious about what you do and that you want to use gear made with the same love and dedication as your music. An AEA microphone or preamps reflect the amount of work you have put into honing your art as a musician. It stands for the traditional craftsmanship that has gone into your Les Paul guitar. And it mirrors the meticulous attention to detail you put into your sessions. All AEA products reflect the pride and an eye for detail and are designed for serious musicians and engineers.
AEA is a family-owned and operated business in beautiful Pasadena, California. Wes and his colleague, Bob Gerbracht, founded the company in 1964. Since then, AEA's mission has always been to build professional tools that faithfully capture the essential aspects of excellent recordings: true musicianship and a passion for performance.
In 1976, when General Electric bought RCA and closed down its microphone division, AEA began servicing these legendary ribbon mics that Wes had learned so much about from friends like Wally Heider and Dick Knoppow. We reissued our favorite microphone, the iconic 44 ribbon mic, and have continued to make ribbon microphones in the RCA tradition to this day. We at AEA take sonic integrity seriously and have even created preamps that have specially designed to meet the particular challenges of ribbon mics and bring out their full potential.
Proudly independent, we manufacture all our products by hand right here in the USA.