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N8 Ribbon Mic review / Recording Mag
"All the AEA models sound great, and ever since my 2012 review the R88 mk2 has been on my short list of must-haves as the “set it and forget it” room mic. However, I am now thinking the N8 may be the better choice in the long run. It offers more versatility and placement options thanks to its smaller size and light weight, and I love how it pairs with the N22... Oh, decisions, decisions!"
N22 Ribbon Mic Review / Recording Mag
"The N22 is not made to be a distance mic, it is meant to be used up close and personal. This is a ribbon that likes to get intimate with a source, and it is not picky if it's in a bedroom, basement, or big dollar facility. This is easily the most forgiving and intimate ribbon mic I have used. Its sound is equal parts beautiful, natural and well balanced. In more good news for songwriters wanting "one great mic", it's AEA's most affordable ribbon mic yet. If you think you don't like ribbon mics, if you've ever struggled with placing or getting the best sound from a ribbon when you're used to condensers... or if you're just plain in the market for a great mic that can tackle most vocal and guitar situations, strings, drum overheads, even voiceovers... please check out the N22. AEA are onto a great new (-vo) direction here."
R88 mk2 Stereo Mic Review / Recording Mag
"When I was reviewing the ribbon-centric RPQ 500 microphone preamp from AEA (Audio Engineering Associates) for our August 2012 issue, the folks at AEA were also kind enough to send me one of their R84 ribbon microphones with which to test it."
RPQ500 Mic Preamp & R88 mk2 Stereo Mic Review / Tape Op
"The RPQ500 has magic inside. I had tried the R88 Mk2 with tons of other preamps while I was waiting for my own RPQ500 modules to arrive. The mic sounded great, but a whole new thing seems to happen when it feeds an RPQ500 pair! Take your favorite Shure SM57 or Sennheiser MD 409 on a twin, and plug it into the RPQ; you'll see what I mean. The mics open up, CurveShaper adds air without harshness, and the detail is amazing. No surprise - Wes and company have managed to define the 500-series ribbon mic preamp that also brings out the best of any mic."
R88 mk2 Stereo Mic Review / Tape Op
"If you have a pulse and have been making records during the last few decades, then you are aware that Wes Dooley and Audio Engineering Associates have been making the finest ribbon mics available. I bought two R84 mics [Tape Op #38] when I opened my joint, based on reputation alone, despite my modest equipment budget. Years later, a friend contacted me to tell me that Wes was looking for a studio to do a ribbon mic workshop. I jumped at the chance."