Large Ribbon Studio Microphone w/Cable and Carrying Case
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Large Ribbon Sound With High-Volume Capacity!

If you are new to ribbons, you are in for a treat! The AEA R84 Ribbon Microphone is an outstanding general-purpose microphone, ideally suited for solo and accent work. It is hard to find an application where the R84 mic does not shine. Its natural sound and figure-8 directional sensitivity mean the R84 gives you everything professionals expect from a quality ribbon mic.

AEA R84 Ribbon Microphone at a Glance:
  • Pure natural sound with quick, smooth transients, just as you hear it when you place your mic in the studio
  • Versatility that lets you capture brass instruments, strings, piano, percussion or vocals
  • Extended bass and treble that handles high SPLs at high frequencies and delivers the details without shoving anything in your face

Outstanding transient response for natural sound
The AEA R84 uses a big, 2.35" by 0.185" by 2 micron pure aluminum low-tension ribbon element, that ensures a quick response, whatever the application. This means that percussive attacks, vocal consonants, and other rapid-attack material are cleanly and accurately reproduced by the R84 with no "dull' or "flabby" characteristics. It sounds just like you're standing right in front of the source!

A versatile mic for multiple recording applications
The AEA R84 uses Large Ribbon Geometry (LRG) that's suitable for use by the most demanding audio professional or hobbyist. Whether you're recording brass instruments, strings, piano or percussion, or you're trying to capture that elusive "perfect" vocal take, the R84 large ribbon microphone is up to the task.

Superb bass and treble response that handles high SPLs
The R84 produces solid bass down to 20Hz and clean, clear highs up to 20kHz. Plus, it's capable of handling better than 165 dB SPL at higher frequencies, so whether used on vocals or instruments the R84 offers a performance that covers the entire frequency and dynamic range yet is still intimate, warm and detailed, yet never harsh.

The AEA R84 is supplied in a complete system that includes a shock mount, 10-foot mic cable and sturdy foam-lined carrying case. Weighing-in at under two pounds and measuring eight inches tall and 2.7 inches in diameter, the R84 is a great sounding microphone that is extremely versatile.

AEA R84 Ribbon Microphone Features:
  • Reliable ribbon mic with wide dynamic range
  • Large Ribbon Geometry (LRG), 2.35" by 0.185" by 2 micron pure aluminum low-tension ribbon
  • Able to handle better than 165 dB SPL at higher frequencies
  • Figure 8 pattern for duo recording convenience
  • Includes shock mount, 10-foot cable and sturdy foam-lined carrying case
The AEA R84 Ribbon Microphone is your go-to mic for multiple recording situations!

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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 165dB
Output Impedance 270 ohms
Connector XLR
Weight 3 lbs.
Included Accessories Case
Manufacturer Part Number R84

Customer Reviews

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This mic is a gem. Hang it over a drum kit all by its lonesome and listen for the magic. Killer on electric guitars and brass. Of course vocals. If you're whispering this guy will probably generate some noise as it is a bit short on output but that's just the nature of ribbons. Other than that complaint against nature (not AEA or the mic) this guy is quite the performer.
Music background: I've done stuff


I needed a large diaphragm mic with a smooth sound and cool look for a barbershop quartet. The smooth and uncolored sound blew me away. All we could hear was: the group, and nothing else. No artifacts, no coloring; just smooth, warm sound, as if we were standing right in front of the group! Ribbon mics are known for slightly low gain outputs, but it matched up well with the X-32 preamps, with plenty of gain. Best mic I have!
Music background: singer/songwriter/producer

AEA R84 ribbon for brass and winds

Man, this is the best sounding mic for brass and winds, hands down. And for the money, it is a no brainer. I use it on my trumpet daily doing sessions and everyone that hears it says "what is that mic?" - I have used it on a tenor sax and french horn and both results were outstanding. I liked it so much I now own two of them - purchased through Sweetwater!
Music background: trumpet player, musician contractor

Best Mic in My Locker

Condenser mics are great but this ribbon mic is dead on tone, especially with vocals. Right now I am using my ART MPA Gold preamp to drive the R84 (believe it or not it does a great job) and I am astonished how sweet it is (sorry Jackie Gleason)! I love it, love it, love it!
Music background: Pro Musician

Pure Heaven

I've wanted to add a pro-quality ribbon to my mic cabinet for a while. It's pretty easy to find a ribbon for under a couple hundred these days, but most of the "inexpensive" choices seem to all sound the same and don't really have the magic that an old RCA or Coles does. Every part of a sound influences everything downstream, from my hands, pick, guitar, amp, etc. - if it's not right from the start, you can't fix it later. I was looking for something that had the qualities of the classic ribbons, but without the hassle of caring for a 50-year-old RCA 44 or 77 that had been through who knows what. I considered a Coles 4038, they certainly sound good, but seemed (to me, at least) to have a reputation of being somewhat more fragile than most. I also considered a Blue Woodpecker. I've always had good luck with Blue mics, and the Woodpecker is no exception. However, to me, it seemed too "modern" and not the "vintage classic" I was going for. That's also my reason for not selecting a Royer. Royer mics are incredible, especially the R121 that has become a standard, but still not quite what I was looking for. I ended up with the R84 because of Wes Dooley's experience with RCA ribbons and AEA's R84 design philosophy of keeping the sonics of the RCA 44 while modernizing the construction. If I'd had an unlimited budget, I probably would have picked the AEA R44, but it seemed like their R92 was, again, "too modern" for my tastes. While I didn't have a chance to try one of the new Shure ribbons, I think I'd likely put them in that category, too. So, when my R84 arrived and I was able to use it in my home studio, it's even better than I expected (and I had pretty high expectations). It's smooth; it's fast; it's extraordinarily detailed; it's warm; it can be as clean as I want it to be, but when it's driven hard, it's pure heaven. This is *exactly* what I wanted and so much better than I thought it was going to be.
Music background: Ex-Pro Guitarist, Recording Hobbyist

Sweetwater Advice

Bart Good

I remember the first time that I used the AEA R84 while recording a popular jazz ensemble. The R84 was in front of an alto saxophone and I couldn't believe how smooth and real “3D” it sounded. Since then I have used this mic on acoustic guitar and vocals. I have been impressed with how smooth it captures sound. It also takes eq very well which makes it easy to sculpt in the mix. I highly recommend this microphone - if you've never used a ribbon mic, the R84 is a great place to start.

Forrest Powell

I had the privilege of Wes Dooley coming over to the home studio recently, and we did some quick recordings of acoustic guitar on the R84 and R92. Wow! Compared to some mics at, well, four times the price tag, they both stood up with marvelous clarity and rich, musical character. I love ribbon mics in general, and the R84 is spot-on for vocals to reduce proximity effect and extend the frequency range dramatically. Awesome!
See also: Ribbon Mics, AEA, AEA Ribbon Microphones