AEA R92 Side-Address Passive Ribbon Micropone

AEA's R92 ribbon excels at close-miking guitar cabs, vocals, drums, and horns. Try the front side for a crisper top end, and rear for a smoother roll-off.

The AEA R92 is a pill-shaped, side-address, passive ribbon microphone with a bidirectional (or figure-of-8) pickup pattern. It is assembled with the same Big Ribbon(TM), tuning (16.5 Hz) and transformer as the R44. Accommodating close and medium miking duties, the R92 exhibits a flat frequency response when placed 6-12 inches (15-30 cm) away from the source, capturing the classic body and dimension of the Big Ribbon(TM) sound with reduced bass proximity effect. As a result, the mic is well suited for electric guitar, percussion, brass, vocals and drums. Its compact, lightweight design and integrated 360o swivel mount allows for placement versatility, while the custom shock mount suspension mitigates undesired low frequency mechanical vibrations. What makes the R92 truly unique is the contrasting tonal response on the front and back lobes: the front side is defined by a "crisper" characteristic, while the back side has a smooth, "traditional" top end roll-off.

Phantom power is not required or recommended for the passive R92. We recommend avoiding the use of phantom power with your R92 as a general rule. With a correctly wired cable and a properly working phantom power supply, there is actually little danger of damaging an R92 microphone with phantom power. However, passive ribbons such as the R92 will get hurt if ground Pin 1 is accidentally shorted, mis-wired, or hot patched in a patch bay to Pin 2 or 3. Using phantom power with a faulty or mis-wired cable or a defective supply read more can severely stretch or break a ribbon. Since passive ribbon microphones or other transformer-coupled microphones are particularly sensitive to phantom-power, it is recommended to make disengaging phantom-power before plugging and unplugging a habit.


- Passive ribbon microphone with a bidirectional pickup pattern
- For close and medium miking duties
- Well suited for electric guitar, percussion, brass, vocals and drums
- Front side is defined by a "crisper" characteristic
- Back side has a smooth, "traditional" top end roll-off
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- Operating Principle: Pressure gradient transducer
- Directional Pattern: Bidirectional
- Frequency Range: <20 Hz to >20 kHz
- Maximum SPL: 165+ dB SPL (1% third harmonic > 1 kHz)
- Sensitivity: 1.8 mV/Pa (-55 dBV) into unloaded circuit
- Output Impedance: 270 Ohm Broadband
- Recommended Load Impedance: 1.2k Ohm or greater
- Phantom Power: Not required or recommended
- Polarity: Pin 2 high for positive pressure at the front of the microphone.
- Polar Response: Native bidirectional, figure-of-8 pattern
- 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: 7.5 in (19.1 cm)2.9 in (7.4 cm)
- Width: 2.5 in (6.4 cm)
- Weight: 2 lbs (0.9 kg)
- Connector: XLR-3M
- Accessories Included: Storage/shipping case, user manual, captive 10" (3 meter) output cable with XLR-3M connector
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 2.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 11 x 9 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): AEA R92

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