Active Ribbon Microphone with 2.35" Ribbon, Figure-8 Polar Pattern, Custom German-made Transformer, and Phantom Power
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A Ribbon Mic for Today's Musician

The AEA N22 gives you awesome ribbon mic performance, affordably. With its increased upper-mid presence, this handcrafted, US-made microphone is not only designed to punch through the mix - it's built to last. Boasting AEA's acclaimed 2.35" Big Ribbon, the N22 sports robust ribbon protection and reduced proximity effect, so you can close mic without worry. A custom German-made transformer provides excellent bandwidth, consistency, and distortion characteristics, while phantom power lets you work with a wide range of preamps. You need a great ribbon mic, and Sweetwater's got it: the AEA N22.

AEA N22 Active Ribbon Microphone at a Glance:
  • Increased upper-mid presence lets you cut through a busy mix
  • This mic is designed for today's musician - you!
  • AEA's NUVO Series mics give you the best of vintage and modern
Increased upper-mid presence lets you cut through a busy mix

You're laying down a lead vocal on top of a thick rock track. How will you ever mix this monster? Not to worry - you're singing into the AEA N22. This cool ribbon mic sports a smooth upper-midrange presence that lets vocals, guitars, and other instruments cut through the mix - without the need for EQ in most cases. So, go ahead and record that killer vocal. AEA's got you covered!

This mic is designed for today's musician - you!

The AEA N22 is designed for the modern musician - you, right? You likely work in a DAW-based studio situated on a desktop in your home. You don't have room (or the budget) for an enormous mic locker with dozens of high-end mics - you need a few affordable, high-quality mics that can cover it all. Enter the N22. It sounds great on everything from vocals to guitar to percussion, and it's definitely not finicky to work with. Its custom German-made transformer delivers superior bandwidth, consistency, and distortion characteristics, while its phantom power lets you season your sound with a wide range of preamps. You can even use it close up without boominess, thanks to its reduced proximity effect. And the N22's max SPL of 141dB lets you use it on loud sources like guitar cabs and snare drums without fear of damaging it.

AEA's NUVO Series mics give you the best of vintage and modern

The mastermind behind AEA, Wes Dooley, conceived the NUVO Series as the natural evolution of the ribbon microphone. Like other AEA ribbon microphones, NUVO Series mics are steeped in the RCA tradition, but they've taken a fresh approach by focusing on modern application requirements. Incredibly versatile and easy to use, the AEA N22 delivers the velvety sound of classic ribbon mics - but with added upper-mid presence, truly impressive performance specs, and bulletproof US-made build quality. And AEA has managed to deliver all this at a very reasonable price. You've simply got to love this mic.

AEA N22 Active Ribbon Microphone Features at a Glance:
  • Increased upper-mid presence lets you cut through a busy mix without the need for EQ
  • Reduced proximity effect allows for up-close miking without boominess
  • Maximum SPL of 141dB lets you use it on very loud sources
  • Ribbon is heavily protected, letting you close-mic without pop-filters or wind protection
  • Phantom-powered for optimal performance with a wide range of preamps
  • Uses the same 2.35" Big Ribbon that AEA microphones have built their reputation on
  • Robust, easy-to-use design works with 3rd-party clamp mounts
  • Custom German-made transformer with excellent bandwidth, consistency, and distortion characteristics
  • Small form factor is easy to use with lightweight stands and in tight-miking situations
  • Exemplary figure-8 polar pattern
  • 100% handcrafted in Pasadena, CA
  • Requires +48V phantom power
Invest in an awesome, affordable ribbon mic: the AEA N22!

Additional Media

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Ribbon
Ribbon Type 1.8-micron Aluminum
Polar Pattern Figure-8
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 141dB
Output Impedance 92 ohms
Connector XLR
Weight 0.75 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number N22

Customer Reviews

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This is such a useable piece of gear. Still trying it out in a variety of applications. Thus far, I've been quite pleased by its versatility and essentially the 'bang for the buck' factor. To my ear, it has a 'character' with a mild mid boost that's really nice to use on featured instruments to be blended in to drive your listeners focus. I like it.


For a Ribbon mic that is under $, this one is amazing. Electric guitar, Acoustic guitar and even vocals. It's not as dark as the Royer mics, which I love as well. The N22 has some top end that is smooth and pleasing. I even used this on some vocals. Put it up with a U87 and was shocked by the amazing results. For guitars, I mic about 6 inches from the speaker and off axis just a bit. Works like a charm. I'll be getting another one of these soon.

Great Mic for the price and it works great on Amps!

Okay so I am using a heritage audio DMA 73 preamp, one channel is miking a Dr. Z 1x12 18 watt boutique amp (12'' alnico blue custom speaker) with a Mojave MA-200 tube condenser, while the other channel is miking with the AEA N22. The results are phenomenal. There is plenty of output from the N22. That is without a doubt NOT a problem (i.e. no CloudLifter needed here folks then again DMA 73's have 80 dB of gain) - this isn't like your typical ribbon mic at least from my perspective. What else....well it blends in really well with tube condensers on amps/electric guitar (using my ES-335 that I bought from sweetwater a while back), and I've even been using it on vocals and harmonizing with myself in Pro Tools HD and gosh its just absolutely amazing given its price. Ideally I'd love the R122-V its a tube ribbon. Thats the ultimate and I am a ribbon junkie without a doubt. I love em. This is a lot better than Peluso thats for sure. Its up there with Royer's R121 maybe even an R122 which costs quite a bit more than this humble microphone. I mean if you want the best of a ribbon without burning holes in your pockets, GET THIS. Trust me you'll not regret it. I suspect this mic can be used with another or by itself on ANY application. That is from electric guitar to brass to woodwinds and everything in between.
Music background: lots o' stuff


This was suggested to me by my sales engineer Geoff Allen, and this may be the best thing that's ever happened to female vocals. With perfect vintage/modern vibe hybrid that just works with the right voice. Also amazing on guitar cabs and horns. I know ya'll probably won't believe me, but this based on versatility and just usableness straight at the source before EQ has the Royer 121 beat to my ears on most all relevant applications.
Music background: Producer / Audio Engineer

Closest to live sound.

Now I'm sorry I didn't buy a pair. The N22 made all my other mics sound like an old Caruso's recording. Yeah, exaggerated but you know what I mean.
Music background: Classical guitar player
See also: Ribbon Mics, AEA, AEA Ribbon Microphones