Audio Engineering Associates

R44 CE Stand Pack

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  • Regular price R 55,732.46


The Sound of the RCA 44B in a Great Bundle!

After tracking down the engineers who designed and built the original legendary RCA 44 ribbon microphones, AEA acquired ribbon material, made the tooling, and custom machined all the parts necessary to build the original RCA 44 B/BX design to its original specifications, in their own AEA R44CE design. Built just like they were in the 1930s, the R44CE from AEA flys in the face of every trend in modern ribbon microphone design, and to glorious results. After years of painstaking work, AEA has again begun production of the most important ribbon mic design of all time.

AEA R44CE Ribbon Mic Pack at a Glance:

  • Legendary character with more than 80 years of studio history
  • An accurate reproduction of the original RCA 44 Ribbon Mic
  • Packaged with a high-quality mic stand, pop filter, and cable

Legendary character with more than 80 years of studio history

The RCA 44 has been one of the quintessential recording microphones from the days of big bands to the modern recording practices of today. They've remained an essential part of studio life well after RCA stopped manufacturing them in 1955. The sound and response of the 44 B/BX were unlike anything else available, and was cherished for its smoothness, forgiving nature and unique tonal balance. Collectors began to buy up the supply of RCA 44's quickly. Now you can get one for yourself with the AEA R44CE.

An accurate reproduction of the original RCA 44 Ribbon Mic

The 44 was RCA's best microphone from the 1930s into the '50s. Is AEA's R44CE that good? Both listeners and measurements say that the R44CE is even better, and that AEA has been listening to both users and ex-RCA engineers for over 25 years. AEA used to make all of the replacement parts for the RCA 44s, so they knew the design and workings of those coveted mics intimately. They started the re-creations by using only ribbon material originally manufactured for RCA. This is the best way to ensure that AEA's R44CE ribbon mics are as close as humanly possible to vintage RCA 44s.

Packaged with a high-quality mic stand, pop filter, and cable

It really doesn't matter how good of a microphone you're using if you don't have a good way of hooking them up to your system. That's why Sweetwater put together this incredible package, which includes a durable Atlas Sound studio boom microphone stand, and a Pro Co AQN-50 Ameriquad Microphone Cable. Accessories can sometimes be overlooked when purchasing audio equipment. But Sweetwater has got your back with this awesome microphone package.

AEA R44CE Ribbon Mic Pack Features:

  • A legenday mic design replicated for today's recording
  • Uses the same ribbon material as the original RCA 44
  • A single diaphragm Figure 8 ribbon microphone
  • Design has been in use for decades
  • A very different sound than today's ribbons
  • Sounds equal to or better than the original RCA 44
  • High SPL capability
  • Below 30Hz to above 20kHz
  • Polar Pattern: Native bi-directional pattern
  • Case, boom stand, stand adapter, and 50' cable included

Get the sound of a classic in your studio with the R44CE bundle!

Specifications(R44CE)

  • Operating Principle: Pressure gradient microphone
  • Directional Pattern: Bidirectional (Figure-of-8)
  • Frequency Range: 20 Hz to 15 kHz
  • Maximum SPL: 165+ dBSPL (1% third harmonic > 1 kHz)
  • Output Sensitivity: 2.25 mV/Pa (-53 dBV) into unloaded circuit
  • Output Impedance: 270 Ω nominal
  • Recommended Load Impedance: 1.2 kΩ or greater
  • Powering: Not required or recommended
  • Polarity: Pin 2 high for positive pressure on front of microphone.
  • Connector: XLR-3M wired to a 3 m captive cable

Off Axis Response:

  • Polar Pattern: Native bi-directional 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: Custom storage / shipping case, stand adapter, manual
  • Optional: Any length cable, inquire for price and delivery.
  • Limited Warranty: One year parts and labor, shipping not included. Three year extended warranty if the product is registered.
  • Weight with Cable: 7 lb 9 oz (3.43 kg)
  • Height: 12.25” (31.1 cm)
  • Width: 4.62” (11.7 cm)
  • Depth: 3.25” (8.3 cm)