AEA A440

Active Phantom-powered Big Ribbon Microphone with Figure-8 Pickup Pattern
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AEA A440
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Super-quiet Ribbon Mic!

Everyone may tune to A=440Hz, but with this A440 in your mic locker, you really won't have to tune your ears or your EQ. It's an extremely quiet ribbon microphone, arguably the quietest ribbon ever produced. And with its extraordinarily natural ribbon response, you get exactly what you hear - which is exactly what you want. What's more, when you listen to the A440, you'll instantly understand how it fits right into AEA's "Big Ribbon Mics" tradition. Yet, it's like getting the warmth and beauty of the classic 44, only with a hot phantom-powered signal you won't believe. The AEA A440 is truly everything you love about the classic 44 - warmth, beauty - but upgraded and enhanced with modern features. It's the ribbon microphone no pro studio should be without.

AEA A440 Active Phantom-powered Big Ribbon Microphone Features at a Glance:
  • Phantom-powered "Big Ribbon" microphone
  • Manufactured and assembled in the USA
  • JFET active electronics in the AEA TRP tradition
  • Exceptionally low equivalent noise level 6dB(A)
  • Long ribbon sound in the 44 tradition
  • Authentic RCA New Old Stock ribbon material
  • Investment cast bronze yoke and machined brass parts, no zinc
  • Single-diaphragm with well-controlled, native figure-8 polar pattern
  • Consistent horizontal polar response, on and off axis
  • 90-degree null-plane helps reject difficult acoustics
  • High SPL capability: 132.5dB with a load of 1k Ohm
  • Hand-built to order
  • Computer-matched to production reference standards
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 6dB SPL, A-weighted per IEC 651
  • Dynamic Range: 126.5dB
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 88dB (A) (94dB SPL minus equivalent noise)
  • Polarity: Pin 2 high for positive pressure on the front of the microphone.
  • Connector: XLR-3M wired to a 9.9' captive cable
  • Polar Pattern: Native Figure-8 (Bi-directional)
  • Horizontal: Level changes with angle, frequency response is consistent, null at right angles to major axis 90 / 270 degrees
  • Vertical: Level changes with angle, reduced HF response above and below 0 / 180 degrees axis, null at right angles to major axis 90 / 270 degrees
  • Requires +48V phantom power
Get that classic Big Ribbon Microphone sound from the unbelievable AEA A440!

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Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Ribbon
Ribbon Type 1.8-micron Aluminum (4.7mm x 59.7mm)
Polar Pattern Figure-8
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 132.5dB
Output Impedance 270 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 88dB (A weighted)
Self Noise 6dB
Connector XLR
Weight 7.56 lbs.
Included Accessories Stand Adapter, Case
Manufacturer Part Number A440

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A Classic Reborn

The AEA A440 is a Masterpiece. Simple as that. AEA took the classic design and turbocharged it for today's technical requirements. For me, its been a perfect fit, because I've been using many original vintage ribbon mics for years, with nary two that sound alike. Rather than take a chance on an old microphone with an unknown history, I took a chance on this new one. Since its been in my studio, I've had the opportunity to compare it to several original 44's, and the sound of both old and new are very very similar, with the A440 less than 5% brighter than an original. Plus the added bonus of the A440 being active, which accounts for its 20db more gain than an original mic. Already my recordings have benefited from this mic, and I look forward to many years of service with it. I can't recommend it enough
Music background: Producer/Engineer/Mixer
See also: Ribbon Mics, AEA, AEA Ribbon Microphones