AEA Ribbon Mics R84 by elamberth
Like many hobbyists on Gearslutz, I do not have the opportunity to hear the products discussed, so I had to go on faith from the dealer that the R84 was what I wanted to mic guitar cabs for Jazz & Blues guitar.
Although I wasn't impressed with the online soundclips I had heard, I am very impressed with the R84. Great up close on cabs or from a distance, great on sax, and even acoustic guitar. Works very well for voice too if you are looking for a very "real" and accurate portrayal of the sound, but not a "flattering" type change to the sound source. I guess that is really what the R84 is about - capturing what you hear in the room with lots of detail. As a Jazz/ Blues guitarist, it's what I want as I have spent literally 30 years on getting "my sound" and want to record it as accurately as possible.
Very easy mic to use, hard to make it sound bad. Different positions just sound a bit different in a similar way as walking around a room will change how the sound source sounds. I have also gotten great results for tambourine and handclaps from the R84. I have not tried it on a drumkit.
The pre I use it on mostly is the DW Fearn VT-1 as it needs a lot of gain, and the Fearn does it nicely without noise. I have read elsewhere that this is a good combo.
UA has a video where they use Neil Young's 610 console with some R84's and it certainly is in the ballpark with what I am experiencing. I have tried the R84 with a UA 610 solo, but I just like the Fearrn/ R84 combo better.