AEA N8 Matched Pair

Active Ribbon Microphone with 2.35" Ribbon, Figure-8 Polar Pattern, Custom German-made Transformer, Carry/Storage Case, Stand Clip, and Protective Sleeve - Matched Pair
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AEA N8 Matched Pair
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Acclaimed Ribbon Mic, in a Matched Pair!

AEA's N8 Matched Pair joins the growing family of NUVO ribbon mics. In an industry where the technology changes almost daily, the NUVO line celebrates the ribbon microphone's tradition of the clear, natural sound you get when you use a ribbon transducer, but without the worries of fragility and distortion their ancestors exhibited. As you can imagine, the Sweetwater Studio's mic vault holds a treasure trove of sonic choices, and we can always depend on our AEA ribbon mics for intelligible, organic sound. Put the AEA N8 ribbon mic's depth and focus into your next mix.

AEA N8 Ribbon Microphone at a Glance:
  • Classic ribbon sound for your recordings
  • Versatile and durable recording tool
  • AEA evolves the ribbon mic
Classic ribbon sound for your recordings

The N8 shares the same Big Ribbon as the R44, so you can be sure that you are getting true, quality ribbon transducer response and behavior. But the N8 is more than just an R44-lite and has a voice that's truly its own. Using phantom-powered electronics and a custom German transformer, the N8 gives you extraordinary detail without distortion - it doesn't just make great-sounding recordings, it's a mic that gives you the same sound you hear when you're standing next to your source! The aluminum ribbon gives you clear, warm sound for your recordings while delivering plenty of output for effective processing.

Versatile and durable recording tool

Fragile. If that's the first thing that comes to mind, or even the second, when you talk about ribbon microphones, you're living in the past. The N8 is designed to bring ribbon mic sound wherever you need it. Need detail and warmth from a string section? Done. You'll capture the warmth of the cellos and the detailed highs of every violin. Looking for clarity and response in your vocals? You got it! There's no muddy diaphragm you have to EQ the life into during mixdown. Want natural, focused, distortion-free sound for a remote recording? Here it is. Even over long cable runs, the N8 handles it all with ease. It's the ribbon microphone that's built to withstand the rigors of recording life, whether that's in the corner of your bedroom, a professional tracking studio, or as a part of your mobile recording rig.

AEA evolves the ribbon mic

A new player entered the ribbon microphone manufacturing game in 1998 - AEA. Established by engineers and technicians that had been repairing classic RCA ribbon mics since before 1976, AEA set out to not just pay homage to, but to faithfully reproduce the sound and performance of the original RCA 44 ribbon microphone. And to the acclaim of former RCA engineers, they accomplished just that. By engineering them with durability and versatility, the new designs, the NUVO series N8 among them, impart the classic quality and response into your tracks that you only get from a ribbon transducer that you, as a modern recording artist, demand.

AEA N8 Ribbon Microphone Matched Pair Features:
  • Phantom-powered electronics for optimal performance with any preamp
  • Unobtrusive looks mean you don't have to sacrifice sound quality for video recordings
  • Uses the same Big Ribbon element as the R44 for classic ribbon response and sound
  • Includes protective sleeves for mics, stand clips, and a carrying case
  • Requires +48-volt phantom power
Get that sweet ribbon sound with AEA's NUVO series N8 mic in a matched pair!

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Tech Specs

Microphone Type Ribbon
Ribbon Type Aluminum, requires 48V DC phantom power
Mono/Stereo Matched Pair
Polar Pattern Figure-8
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 141dB SPL
Output Impedance 92 ohms broadband
Connector XLR
Manufacturer Part Number N8micMP

Customer Reviews

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Microphone Perfection

AEA continues to surprise me. My A440 is my favorite microphone, and my R88 is a very close second. As I was asking about an active R88, it was suggested I try the N8's...which is essentially an active R88, as two mics. I tried them out as a Blumlein pair on piano, using the stereo kit provided, essentially getting my 'active' R88. The project was a jazz trio album (piano, acoustic bass and drums) and it took me approximately 20 seconds to decide I would buy these mics. Simply raising the faders is all it took to get 'the sound'. I hate wasting time on anything technical, that which gets in the way of making the music, so the N8's perfectly fit the way I like to work. What I've grown to appreciate with all the AEA models is I feel they are the first mics that 'hear' the sound the way I hear the sound. Sounds corny, I know, but what I mean is they are the closest thing to me sitting in the sweet spot in front of an instrument during a performance. For every recording I've done, I've never once had to eq a sound going to tape. They give me the sound exactly the way I want to capture it, which, to me, is the very definition of a 'dream' microphone. As in anything, everyone has their own opinion. As a professional that gets the opportunity to record every style of music, I can say without reservation that if you are looking for a superb microphone that captures an instrument in the most natural way possible, you need to try an AEA N8.
See also: Ribbon Mics, AEA, AEA Ribbon Microphones