AES-NYC: AEA N22 NUVO Series Ribbon Microphone
Old 3rd October 2013
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AEA N22

Anyone catch this one yet?

AEA N22 NUVO Series Ribbon Microphone

The Missing Link In Your Recording

- Specifically designed for singer-songwriters, musicians, and home studios.
- Bridging the gap between the top end clarity of a condenser and the classic tone of a ribbon.
- Phantom-powered electronics for optimal performance with any preamp.
- Highly protected ribbon for close-up use and live sound applications.
- Featuring the same Big Ribbon technology as the AEA R44 and R84 microphones.
- 100% handcrafted in Pasadena, CA.

AEA N22
View larger image How is the N22 different from other ribbon microphones?

The AEA N22 was designed with the singer-songwriter musician in mind. Hard working artists, honing their musical craft for many 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. Most importantly, the N22 was designed by listening first, and measuring only after experienced musicians told us the microphone sounded great.
Bridging the gap between vintage and modern, ribbon and condenser, studio and live, the N22 is the perfect companion for musicians and engineers alike.

What is under the hood?

Featuring the same Big Ribbon technology that has earned AEA its reputation, the N22 offers an incredible sound in close-mic applications like acoustic and electric guitars, piano, vocals, and drums. With phantom-powered JFET electronics and a custom German transformer the N22 achieves optimal performance with a wide range of preamps including USB or Firewire audio interfaces in home studio setups. The highly protected pure aluminum ribbon allows for using the N22 in live sound applications and vocal recording without the need for an additional pop-filter. At well under $1,000 street price it delivers a handcrafted US-made microphone built to last a lifetime.

About the NUVO Series

The N22 is the first member of AEA's NUVO series of microphones. Rooted in the RCA tradition just like other AEA ribbons, all NUVO microphones are designed to offer a fresh approach to the ribbon transducer and represent Wes Dooley's take on the evolution of the ribbon microphone.

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Old 3rd October 2013
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Looks awesome to me! Can't wait to hear a review.
Old 3rd October 2013
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They really do look pretty, the feature set is like...spot on for so many requests we get. I cannot wait to verify with the ol' ears here at ZenPro, congrats on the launch!

War
Old 3rd October 2013
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Hardware Introducing the AEA N22 NUVO Series phantom-powered ribbon mic



We are proud to announce the launch of the N22 phantom-powered ribbon microphone at this year’s AES Convention. The N22 was designed with needs of singer-songwriters and home studio owners in mind. Bridging the gap between vintage and modern, ribbon and condenser, studio and live, the N22 is the perfect companion for musicians and engineers alike.
  • Specifically designed for singer-songwriters, musicians, and home studios
  • Phantom-powered JFET electronics for optimal performance with any preamp
  • Listened to first, measured later!
  • Highly protected ribbon for close up use and live sound applications
  • Featuring the same Big Ribbon technology as the R44 and R84 microphones
  • 100% handcrafted in Pasadena, CA
  • $899 street price
Hard working artists, honing their musical craft for many years, feel strongly about their personal tone, so they need a microphone that translates their signature sound in a recording. The new AEA N22 delivers on exactly those key points – providing a great ribbon tone without the need for EQ in most applications. Featuring the same Big Ribbon technology that has earned AEA its reputation, the N22 offers an incredible sound in close-mic applications like acoustic and electric guitars, vocals, and drums. The microphone boasts a smooth mid-range sound with stunning clarity due to reduced proximity effect and increased presence. With phantom-powered electronics and a custom German transformer it achieves optimal performance with a wide range of preamps including USB or Firewire audio interfaces. The highly protected ribbon allows for using the N22 in live sound applications without the need for a pop-filter. At $899 street price it doesn’t break the bank, but delivers a handcrafted, US-made microphone that was built to last throughout a musician’s career.

The N22 is the first member of AEA’s NUVO series of microphones. Rooted in the RCA tradition just like other AEA ribbon microphones, all NUVO microphones are designed to offer a fresh approach to the ribbon transducer and represent Wes Dooley’s take on the evolution of the ribbon microphone.

Click here to learn more and visit AEA Ribbon Mics at booth #2744 at the upcoming 135th AES Convention in New York, Oct 17-20 to see the N22 for the first time.
Old 3rd October 2013
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Nice, I want one. Now, all I have to do is learn how to sing!
Old 3rd October 2013
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Interesting...has pricing been announced?
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Interesting...has pricing been announced?
I've seen somewhere that it will be $999 MSRP / $899 Street
Old 3rd October 2013
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I've seen somewhere that it will be $999 MSRP / $899 Street
This is correct.

War
Old 4th October 2013
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An active AEA ribbon mic for $899 a piece? Yes please. I wonder if Fred Forssell designed the active components in this one as well.
Old 4th October 2013
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More NUVOs to come!

Matti
Old 4th October 2013
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That thing looks awesome. Can't wait to hear it.
Old 4th October 2013
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Cool! Hope to see you and test your new mic at AES in a couple weeks!

Best regards, Mark Fouxman
Old 4th October 2013
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The N22 has a very nice AEA top hat, like Wes
Old 5th October 2013
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This should be another winner from AEA, their ribbon mics are modern-day classics.

We'll have them as soon as AEA can ship them!
Old 7th October 2013
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An active AEA ribbon mic for $899 a piece? Yes please. I wonder if Fred Forssell designed the active components in this one as well.
Not directly, but it is the same electronics circuit as used in our A-series mics (A440 and A840) repackaged for a smaller circuit board.
Old 7th October 2013
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Cool! Hope to see you and test your new mic at AES in a couple weeks!

Best regards, Mark Fouxman


See you there Mark!
Old 8th October 2013
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We want some sound clips!
Old 8th October 2013
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We want some sound clips!
Working on it!!
Old 8th October 2013
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Working on it!!
Sweet! I can't wait to hear this mic, I love my R84.
Old 8th October 2013
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interesting, sub'd
Old 11th October 2013
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Any real world users yet?

David
Old 11th October 2013
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Will not ship until the 21st
Old 11th October 2013
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Any real world users yet?

David
The mic won't ship until October 21st, but there are a couple of beta-testers and early users out there:
  • Hanan Rubinstein, Alicia Keys' guitar player
    -> Uses a pair of N22 for his electric guitar setup live on stage
  • Jeff Tweedy, Wilco
  • Shawn Murphy, scoring engineer
    -> Just used a pair of N22s on solo piano at Fox Studios
  • Ben Tolliday (producer/engineer) and Jordie Lane (Australian singer-songwriter) using the N22 for acoustic guitar and vocals

We'll have sound samples and a video out very soon!
Julian/AEA
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Old 17th October 2013
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AES starts tomorrow

We are literally raising the bar at AES this time!
Check out the N22 ribbon mic at booth #2744.
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Old 18th October 2013
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Wow! Can't wait to hear it. Just when I thought I was sorted for ribbon mics, along comes this.
Old 20th October 2013
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Straight from the AES floor thanks to the guys at Sound On Sound Magazine:

Old 20th October 2013
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Checked it out at the show.....really sweet. Smooth with nice top end. Not too hyped in the bottom. It's on my short list!
Old 20th October 2013
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Yes very nice I think aea will be surprised what people use them for,,,,
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