AEA Nuvo N22 Near-Field Active Ribbon Microphone

The modern AEA mic! With an extra upper-mid presence that lets vocals and instruments cut through a mix, the USA-made N22 is a versatile studio workhorse.

The AEA N22 is a side-address, phantom-powered ribbon microphone with a bidirectional (or figure-of-8) pickup pattern. Optimally designed for close-up miking applications like acoustic and electric guitars, vocals, drums, or piano, the N22 can also be used a few feet away from the source thanks to its healthy output level. With phantom-powered JFET electronics and a custom German transformer the N22 achieves optimal performance with a wide range of preamps ranging from vintage high-end models to USB audio interfaces in home studio setups. With a highly-protected pure aluminum ribbon, the N22 shines in both live sound applications and vocal recording, often without the need for an additional pop-filter. 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 our take on the evolution of the ribbon microphone.

The N22 needs a standard 48V phantom-power source to operate, but ensure that phantom power is disengaged before plugging and unplugging the microphone. The loud pops that occur when the microphone is plugged in with phantom power engaged can damage speakers, headphones, and ears. The phantom current draw for active AEA ribbon mics is 7 milliamps. IEC specifies P48 power should be able to deliver 10 milliamps per input. Some USB and battery-powered audio interfaces won't deliver this. Please check the current values available on your unit to ensure the best performance.


read more - Phantom-powered with JFET electronics
- Highly-protected pure aluminum ribbon
- Designed for close-up miking applications like acoustic and electric guitars, vocals, drums, or piano
- Needs a standard 48V phantom-power source to operate
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- 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: 6.2 mV/Pa (-44.1dBV) into unloaded circuit
- Output Impedance: 92 Ohm broadband
- Rec Load Impedance: Phantom 1.0 k Ohm or greater
- Power: P48 phantom power, 7 mA
- Polarity: Pin 2 high for positive pressure at the front of the microphone.
- Horizontal: Up to 90 dB rejection at right angles to the front/back axis.
- Vertical: Level changes with angle of incidence, but frequency response is consistent.
- Transducer Element:
- Material: Pure aluminum corrugated ribbon
- Thickness: 1.8 um
- Width:0.185 in (4.7 mm)
- Length:2.35 in (59.7 mm)
- Microphone Dimensions:
- Height: 8.83 in (22.5 cm)
- Width: 1.62 in (11.7 cm)
- Depth: 1.62 in (9.5 cm)
- Weight: 12 oz (335 g)
- Shipping Weight: 1 lb 13 oz (810 g)
- Connector: XLR-3M
- Accesssories Included: Storage/shipping case, mic stand clip, soft cloth bag, user manual
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 2.2 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 11 x 9 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AEA N22

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