AEA N22 – phantom powered ribbon microphone

$1,499.00 inc GST

AEA N22 is a phantom-powered ribbon microphone specifically designed for close-up and live use use by singer-songwriters, musicians, and home studios.

Description

AEA N22 is a phantom-powered ribbon microphone specifically designed for close-up and live use use by singer-songwriters, musicians, and home studios.

Hard working artists that have honed their musical craft for years feel strongly about their personal tone, so they need a microphone that translates their signature sound in a recording. The N22 delivers on exactly those key points – providing a great ribbon tone without the need for EQ in most applications. Just like the RCA 44, the N22 was designed by listening first and measured only after experienced musicians and engineers confirmed that the microphone sounded great. Consequently, it is a professional tool that holds up to the highest standards of recording. Bridging the gap between vintage and modern, ribbon and condenser, studio and live, the N22 is the perfect companion for musicians and engineers alike.

AEA N22 – Features

  • Specifically designed for singer-songwriters, musicians, and home studios
  • Top end clarity of a condenser with a ribbon’s smoothness
  • Custom German toroidal transformer for 12dB more gain
  • Highly protected ribbon for close-up use and live use with minimal proximity effect
  • Phantom powered electronics for optimal performance with any preamp

AEA N22 – Applications

Vocals: Thanks to the improved pop-protection of the N22 you can use the microphone at close distances just like you would choose for a condenser microphone. If you should still encounter problems with plosives, it is advised to use a pop-filter. The microphone has a vertical sweet spot that sits in the middle between the top and bottom edges of the black cloth covered grill basket. Every singer will move a bit while performing, but since the sweet spot is located in both the horizontal and vertical axes, it is fairly wide and forgiving. If you are recording a singer-songwriter who sings and play another instruments at the same time, you can make use of the exceptional rejection offered by the 90 degree “null” planes of the bidirectional pickup pattern to reject the other instrument in the vocal microphone.

Acoustic Guitar: When recording a solo guitar a good starting point is to position the N22 four to six inches (10-15 cm) away from the guitar roughtly pointing at the 12th fret or where the neck meets the body. The closer you move towards the sound hole, the more bass you will get. Again, if you are recording a singer-songwriter who sings and play another instruments at the same time, you can make use of the exceptional rejection offered by the 90 degree “null” planes of the bidirectional pickup pattern to reject the vocal in the guitar microphone.

Electric Guitar: AEA N22 can handle very high sound pressure levels and has improved wind protection, so it can absolutely handle loud electric guitars right on the grill of the amp. Identify where the center of the speaker cone is located and place the N22 a few inches (5-10 cm) away from the speaker pointing right at its center for a very direct, “in-your-face” sound. This is the spot where you will get the most high-frequency content. If it sounds too harsh, try moving the microphone to the side parallel to the speaker. You can also try positioning the N22 at an angle. You will find that small differences in positioning can make huge differences in the sound, so experiment until you find the spot you like.

AEA N22 – Video

AEA N22 – phantom powered ribbon microphone was last modified: November 3rd, 2015 by Doug Watt

Additional information

Brand

AEA

Unit of Measure

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Specifications

Operating Principle:  Pressure gradient microphone
Directional Pattern:  Bidirectional or Figure-of-8
Frequency Range:  20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL:  141 dBSPL (1% third harmonic > 1 kHz)
Output Sensitivity:  >6.2 mV/Pa (-33.5 dBV) into unloaded circuit
Output Impedance:  92 Ω broadband
Recommended Load Impedance:  1.0 kΩ or greater
Powering: 

P48 phantom power, 7 mA
Polarity:  Pin 2 high for positive pressure at the front of the microphone.
Connector:  XLR-3M
Off Axis Response:
Polar Pattern:  Native bidirectional pattern
Horizontal:  Level changes with angle, frequency response is consistent, –35 dB null at 90° / 270°
Vertical:  Level changes with angle, reduced HF response above and below 0° / 180° axis, –35 dB null at 90° / 270°

Transducer element:
Ribbon Thickness:  1.8 μ (0.0000018 m) of pure aluminum
Ribbon Width:  0.185” (4.7 mm)
Ribbon Length:  2.35” (59.7 mm)
Accessories:
>Included:  Storage / shipping case, microphone stand clip, custom protective mic sleeve, user manual
Optional:  Matched stereo pair
Limited Warranty:  One year parts and labor, shipping not included. Three year extended warranty if the product is registered.
Weight with Cable:  1 lb 13 oz (810 g)
Weight with case:  12 oz (335 g)
Height:  8.83” (32.4 cm)
Width:  1.62” (4.1 cm)
Depth:  1.62” (4.1 cm)
AEA N22 – phantom powered ribbon microphone was last modified: November 3rd, 2015 by Doug Watt

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