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Introducing the AEA KU5A Supercardioid Ribbon Microphone

We at AEA are exceedingly passionate about our craft and in this video, we share some of our team’s personal reflections on the concepts and inspiration behind our newest creation, the supercardioid KU5A. Owner and founder, Wes Dooley, traces AEA’s roots back to the 44, music’s first great mic. Chief Engineer, Nathan Bowers, shines light on some the new mechanics that make the KU5A such an outstanding step forward in ribbon technology. Filmed on location at our Pasadena headquarters, this video gives viewers a behind the scenes look at the exciting new microphone that we all consider revolutionary. Learn more about the KU5A at: Connect with AEA: Like AEA on FACEBOOK: Follow AEA on TWITTER: Follow AEA on INSTAGRAM: Directed by Alex Chaloff of Buckets Moving Company

While we love our sizable collection of vintage ribbon #mics, we also rely heavily on a few modern standard-bearers like this AEA (ribbonmics) #R88 #stereo ribbon. . The R88 is a stereo microphone that’s designed to perform very similarly to a pair of RCA 44BX in #Blumlein configuration, and it is truly outstanding. It’s the MVP of many sessions here! . One of the unique advantages of ribbons as a #microphone technology is that the ribbon element can be tensioned with a very low self-resonance, away from #audio frequencies of interest. . The ribbons in the R88, for example, are tensioned at a precise 16.5 Hz—below the lower limit of human hearing. Condensers and moving-coil dynamics almost always require much higher self-resonances, which can influence the mic’s performance. . A good ribbon renders transients and midrange in a very natural and effortless way, and the low tuning is a big part of why. There are no in-band resonances to clutter things up. . We love the R88 on string ensemble, background vocal ensemble (with the vocal group positioned in a ring around the #microphone), drum overhead, and acoustic grand piano—provided you take care with positioning the mic’s inherent phase zones. . Really, anywhere you’d use a stereo pair of RCA 44s, you will love this mic (and benefit from the holographic imaging of its perfect coincident-stereo array). . There is really something about this #mic that brings with it a “right there in the room” sensation. It’s truly something to experience firsthand. . . . . . #aearibbonmics #ribbonmic #ribbonmics #wesdooley #microphone #stereomic #stereomicrophone #blumleinpair #blumlein #alanblumlein #recording #studiogear #recordinggear #bunkerstudio #musicproducer #studiorecording