AEA Ribbon Pre Reviews4.5/5.0 based on 3 customer reviews
Good night! 83dB of gain is quite a lot, and yet this 2-channel ribbon preamp is totally clean. The noise is totally negligible; total harmonic is .005% at 1KHz. It is as quick in response as I have heard to date, but please don't just think this can only be used with ribbon microphones! Tube mics can profit greatly paired up with TRP!
AEA mics with a Ribbon Pre are honest enough to be scary! But if you're an artist who can handle the truth and want to improve the quality of your tracks, give this a try. Wes Dooley and his engineers have imparted into every AEA product their respect for the sounds that musicians have worked years to craft. In AEA you get a microphone and preamp combination that will actually give you back exactly what you feed into it.
from Sacramento CA USA
March 27, 2012Music Background:
AEA TRP Ribbon PreI recently acquired an AEA R84, prior to which i owned one of the import ribbons which i thought was nice, albeit a bit 'woofy". It was an active ribbon and the R84 is not. While I could get a good signal from my Prism MXA-MM4 I had to turn it much much higher than with condensers and this (I felt) was probably not the best practice)... so saving up for a ribbon pre was my next 'goal'. I looKed at several other options, some more $, some less and decided upon the AEA TRP for 2 reasons:
1) I figured as AEA made it and they made ribbon mics... therefore it would be well matched
2) Tim Harrington at Sweetwater had never steered me wrong.
This is a GREAT addition... I can't believe how the ribbon mic literally pops out of the mix. Plenty more headroom than I need, great clarity, no noise, and there is tonal variations depending upon how you set it.
My one nit... no power switch! (at least I haven't found i) and plugging unplugging is a a bit of an incconvenience (hence the 4.5 instead of a 5)
and rack ears would ne nice!
from Highland Lakes, NJ
January 30, 2012Music Background:
Great PreSounds great. Clear with a ton of gain. Really opens up the AEA r84 nicely. Now i can hear the mic for what it really is. Its a great pair. Also used with the golden age mk2 ribbon mics. Completely different sounds. Mics are no longer extremely dark. Great purchase for those really wanting to explore the character of ribbon mics. Havent tried it with dynamics or tube mics but im sure it will open those up to. I gave it a 4.5 because i don't know if this is the be all end all of ribbon mics but its sure as hell pretty sweet.
from Mena, AR
July 7, 2011Music Background:
Musician, Producer, Recording Engineer
TRP Ribbon Preamp from AEAIt just works. I love the way I've gotten headroom for my Royer SF-12 stereo ribbon. It's a no brainer to use and it is very clean. I think the key to success with ribbon mic comes from the correct ohm load the TRP handles the Royer just fine. I'm very pleased with the purchase!