-Classic passive Ribbon Mic inspired by the 44-
The R84 is a passive ribbon microphone that shares many of the unique sound characteristics with its historic predecessor, the R44.
Using everything Wes Dooley and the team here at AEA had learned by re-creating the RCA 44, we went back to the drawing board to create something completely new.
Call it a Swiss army knife, your “desert island mic”, or simply “The Workhorse” - the R84 was designed to be flexible and practical in a myriad of recording settings.
With the improvements in technology and manufacturing since the thirties and forties, AEA decided to re-engineer the entire package to be more efficient, lighter and less expensive, inspiring Wes to affectionately call the R84 the “R44 for us married guys”.
The result is a new microphone with a classic sound.
The R84 produces rich and full low-mids, a smooth top end, and has a well-behaved bidirectional pickup pattern. These aspects, combined with the reduced proximity effect, make the R84 incredibly well-suited for both close-up and ambient mic applications in medium sized rooms.
It’s just as versatile as an R44, flattering voice, strings, brass and drums alike.