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AEA R84 Ribbon Microphone & Cloud CL-1

AEA R84 Ribbon Microphone & Cloud CL-1

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AEA R84 Big Ribbon Microphone and Cloud CL-1

The AEA R84 Big Ribbon is a high quality, professional ribbon microphone inspired by the legendary RCA 44 ribbon microphone.

The AEA R84 has a bi-directional (figure of eight) polar pattern obtained through a 1.8 micron thick pure aluminium ribbon, the same as on the AEA R44. The Large Ribbon Geometry (LRG) design uses a ribbon measuring 4.7mm wide by 60mm high and ensures a quick response, ideal for capturing transients.  Perfect for solo and accent work it delivers superb performance in all situations, delivering a natural, warm and rich sound that complements any instruments from brass instruments, strings, piano, percussion, guitars and much more.

The R84 ribbon microphone offers a superb frequency response with beautiful solid lows and clean highs all the way up to 20kHz, and is capable of handling more that 165dB SPL at higher frequencies. Difference in colour between the front and the back of the microphone is obtained by a difference in blast production and allows for subtle colouration. The rear side can also be used to better control excessive plosives.

AEA R84 Big Ribbon Microphone Overview:

  • Pure natural sound with quick, smooth transients, just as you hear it when you place your mic in the studio

  • Go-to mic for multiple recording situations!

  • Versatility that lets you capture brass instruments, strings, piano, percussion or vocals

  • Extended bass and treble that handles high SPLs at high frequencies and delivers the details without shoving anything in your face

  • Reliable ribbon mic with wide dynamic range

  • Large Ribbon Geometry (LRG), 2.35" by 0.185" by 2 micron pure aluminum low-tension ribbon

  • Able to handle better than 165 dB SPL at higher frequencies

  • Figure 8 pattern for duo recording convenience

  • Includes shock mount, 10-foot cable and sturdy foam-lined carrying case

  • Handmade in California, United States

A Must-Have Tool for Dynamics and Ribbons!

Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator is an easy to use, compact solution for common audio problems faced in the field and in the studio. Designed for all passive microphones – including ribbons- the CL-1 safely uses any standard phantom powered microphone input device to provide up to +25db of ultra-clean, transparent gain.

Cloudlifters dramatically improve the performance of passive microphone signals by driving stronger, cleaner signals over longer XLR cable runs, making them ideal for broadcast, live, and studio applications. Enclosed in a rugged steel enclosure offering excellent shielding, the CL-1 additionally has provisions for stage or stand mounting with the included strap.

Using patent pending technology that keeps the direct audio path free-and-clear of transformers, capacitors, and resistors, the CL-1 houses direct-coupled, discrete JFET circuitry that delivers world class, ultra-clean gain while preserving the natural sonic characteristics of the source.

Cloudlifters are recommended for improving the signal to noise ratio and performance of passive microphone/preamp combinations with the following:

Recording direct into a DAW interface
noisy or low gain preamps
mixers/preamps that negatively impact the sound at higher gain setting
passive ribbon microphones
low-output dynamic microphones
miking softer sound sources such as acoustic instruments and voice
long cable runs (output)


Gives passive mics up to +25dB additional active output
Provides 2 ultra-clean gain stages using 4 hand-matched JFETs
Easy to use self contained design requires only phantom power
Recommended for use with all passive microphones
Safe for all passive ribbons with no transfer of phantom
Utilizes Patent Pending Ultra-transparent Discrete D/C JFET circuitry
Ideal impedance loading for optimal performance @3Kohms
Rugged, road ready and portable, for studio, stage and broadcasting
Free lifetime limited warranty for parts and labor, with registration

Handcrafted entirely in the USA

Like all Cloud Microphones products, the Cloudlifter™ Mic Activator™ series is handcrafted using environmentally friendly methods, entirely in the USA.
Short Description High-quality, professional ribbon microphone inspired by the legendary RCA 44 ribbon microphone but improved to match modern recording requirements.
Demo in Store Yes
Manufacturer AEA
Old Price N/A
Microphone Type Ribbon Microphone
Valve / Solid State Solid State
Microphone Polarity Bi-Directional
Phantom Power No
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
High Pass Filter No
Output Impedance 270 ohms

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