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RCA 44 ribbon microphones remain an essential part of studio life more than 50 years after manufacturing ceased in 1955. Their open sound and accurate polar pattern are still unlike anything else available. Never harsh, the 44 flatters a broad array of timbres and fits easily into the mix. The 44 EQs well, but generally does not need it. If you appreciate proximity effect, nothing matches the warmth of the 44.

By the 90’s RCA 44s were becoming increasingly difficult for artist and studios to purchase as collectors bought them up. Specializing in ribbon microphones, AEA consulted with the engineers who originally designed and built the RCA microphones, located original ribbon material, built tooling, and custom made all the parts to recreate the RCA 44 B/BX design to RCA’s original specifications. In 1998, after years of painstaking work, AEA began production of the most important ribbon mic of all time: the AEA R44C. But the quest was not over yet...
How is the A440 different from other ribbon microphones?

The A440 combines phantom power with the Big RibbonTM sound for the first time. With the release of the A440, AEA has synthesized more than 30 years of experience with high performance mics. The A440 has its own personality, but visually and sonically shares a close kinship with the R44. With a sensitivity of –32.5 dBV per Pascal (94 dB SPL) and an equivalent noise level to 6 dB SPL(A), it has a dynamic range as wide as any microphone on the market.

The A440 shares all the pleasing characteristics of AEA’s other Big RibbonTM microphones such as a fast transient response, and no unpleasant resonances. Combining this with active electronics results results in a strong, distinctive sound unlike any other microphone.

The 44 remains a studio favorite 50+ years after RCA ceased production because it still sounds very good to both musicians and their audiences. Like its long ribbon siblings, it will sound good virtually anywhere you use it.


The Features

Classic "Big Ribbon" microphone, powered by phantom power for robust output

Crafted in the USA, meticulously handcrafted to order

Utilizes JFET active electronics inspired by the AEA TRP tradition

Exceptionally low equivalent noise level of 6dB(A)

Features authentic RCA New Old Stock ribbon material

Constructed with investment cast bronze yoke and machined brass parts, avoiding the use of zinc

Single diaphragm with a well-controlled, native figure-8 polar pattern

Consistent horizontal polar response, both on and off-axis

90-degree null-plane helps reject challenging room acoustics

High SPL capability, with a rating of 132dB (1% third harmonic >1kHz)

Computer-matched to production reference standards

Frequency response from 20Hz to 20kHz

Impressive Signal to Noise Ratio of 88dB (A) (94dB SPL minus equivalent noise)

Horizontal and vertical polar response characteristics for versatile recording

Requires +48V phantom power for operation

AEA A440 Active Ribbon Studio Microphone

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