AEA N22 Ribbon Microphone (Phantom-Powered)

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AEA N22 Ribbon Microphone (Phantom-Powered) (AEA-N22)

AEA N22 Ribbon Microphone (Phantom-Powered)

The NUVO N22 is a modern near-field and active ribbon mic with a rugged lightweight design, extended top-end clarity, and reduced proximity effect making it perfect for close miking of instruments. 

  • Extended top end with a ribbon’s classic warmth
  • Near-field ribbon mic with reduced proximity effect
  • Balanced frequency response at 1 to 18 inches from the source
  • Compact, lightweight design with rugged durability
  • Active electronics and custom transformer optimized for all preamps
  • Made in the U.S.A.

THE BIG RIBBON REIMAGINED - The near-field N22 is a modern ribbon mic that challenges expectations of traditional ribbon technology and can reframe the way you record with ribbons. It delivers clarity and balance in frequency response, even when positioned just inches from the source, and can stand alone in a mix without the need for the blending additional mic signals due to its extended top-end.

A NEW APPROACH -  The N22 can be positioned inches away from an instrument and retain a balanced sound with extended top end while avoiding the room tone that can cause problems in smaller spaces or iso booths. This is what makes the N22 special. It exhibits a high-frequency bump at 3kHz making it ideal for recording vocals, electric guitar, bass cabs, kick drum, acoustic guitar, and percussion. It is best to think of the N22’s placement in terms of inches instead of feet. The N22 naturally reduces proximity effect while also avoiding the room tone that can cause problems in smaller spaces or iso booths. Naturally rolling off the low-end before it hits the ribbon creates a much different sound than using electronic equalization to roll off the low-end in post.

"My n22 has turned out to be an incredible bass amp mic. To such an extent that i won’t record bass without it..” - Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Air, Nine Inch Nails)

An Active Ribbon for a Modern Age - With active electronics and a custom transformer, the N22 provides 12db of extra output and more preamp flexibility than traditional passive ribbon mics. The N22 uses the same custom transformer utilized in the AEA A440 and R84A microphones, enabling an additional 12db of output and a stable impedance. Though it still sounds great with any AEA ribbon-optimized preamp, it is not dependent on a high impedance, high gain preamp for proper use. The extra output is a major advantage when recording quiet sources like vocals and soft acoustic guitars. The active circuitry also prevents noise, interference on long cable runs and when near operating near large lighting rigs. 

A RUGGED, ROADWORTHY COMPANION - With increased durability and a small profile, it’s no wonder that a wide range of performers use AEA’s NUVO series microphones on the road. The mics are totally rugged and hold up to daily wear and tear. From outdoor gigs at music festivals to indoor theaters, NUVO mics are the perfect companion to bring the sound of studio recordings to the live stage. With the NUVO Windscreen, never worry about the ribbon – even at windy gigs. On the Road with the N22 -  Bands now using N8s and N22s on the road include Bonnie Raitt, Alicia Keys, Aerosmith, Grizzly Bear, Mitski, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, Alabama Shakes, War On Drugs, Local Natives, The Head and The Heart, Sara Watkins, Kurt Vile, Deerhunter, Jamestown Revival, JOHNNYSWIM, Brandi Carlile, Autolux, Foxygen, Kruger Brothers, Cam, Pedro the Lion, The Districts, Valerie June, and more.

“I love the AEA N22. we've used it on almost every electric guitar track i've recorded since getting that mic three years ago." - Jeff Tweedy (Wilco)

Recording Mag || “This is easily the most forgiving and intimate ribbon mic I have used. Its sound is equal parts beautiful, natural and well balanced. In more good news for songwriters wanting "one great mic"....” – Paul Vnuk Jr.

Sound on Sound || “Overall AEA have seemingly achieved exactly what they intended to, by producing a ribbon mic with a brighter, more modern sound than their classic models ... while the ribbon-meets-capacitor tonal character means the mic can be used in rather more areas than a conventional ribbon microphone can. ”– Paul White

Electronic Musician || “The N22 brought out a smooth, organic tone from every instrument I used it on—electric guitar amp, acoustic guitar, vocals, mandolin, marimba, and drums. With the protective screen built in, I didn’t have to worry about cheating it up to a vocalist or a loud amp.” – Gino Robair

The NUVO Stereo Kit - AEA’s NUVO Stereo Kit enables users to rapidly set up and accurately record in stereo on a single mic stand. It consists of either two matched N22s or N8s, and comes with all of the accessories necessary to easily configure the figure-eight microphones in Blumlein and near-coincident.

The NUVO Series - Discreet in shape and size, AEA’s NUVO series microphones are lightweight, portable and easy to position. They feature active electronics and custom transformers that provide extra output and more preamp flexibility than traditional passive ribbon mics. Both the N22 and N8 NUVO mics are the same size and offer the same ribbon sound and high-quality components as our other mics. They are all handmade in the United States. For a more balanced sound at a distance to capture the natural tonality of your space, the AEA N8 far-field ribbon mic is a nice complement.

Technical Specifications

Operating Principle Pressure gradient transducer
Directional Pattern Bidirectional
Frequency Range

< 20 Hz to >20 kHz

Maximum SPL

141 dB SPL (1% third harmonic > 1 kHz)

Sensitivity

8.3 mV/Pa (at 1 kHz, no load)

Output Impedance

92 Ω broadband

Recommended Load Impedance

1.0 kΩ or greater

Phantom Power

P48 phantom power, 7 mA

Polarity Pin 2 high for positive pressure
at the front of the microphone.

Polar Response

Native bidirectional, figure-of-8 pattern

Polar Response Horizontal

Up to 90 dB rejection
at right angles to the front/back axis.

Polar Response Vertical

Level changes with angle of incidence,
but frequency response is consistent.

Transducer Element Material

Pure aluminum corrugated ribbon

Transducer Thickness

1.8 μm

Transducer Width

0.185 in (4.7 mm)

Transducer Length

2.35 in (59.7 mm)

Dimensions /Weight Height: 8.83 in (32.4 cm)
Width: 1.62 in (11.7 cm)
Depth:  1.62 in (9.5 cm)
Weight: 12 oz. (335 g)
Connector Type

XLR-3M

Shipping Weight 1 lb. 13 oz. (810 g)

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