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AEA N22 Active Ribbon Microphone

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AEA N22 Active Ribbon Microphone

The AEA NUVO Series is a line of contemporary microphones that, like previous AEA ribbon microphones, are grounded in the RCA tradition. However, they were created to offer a fresh ribbon transducer approach that is focused on current application demands. Wes Dooley's interpretation of the development of the ribbon microphone is represented by the NUVO series. Every NUVO microphone is created with the requirements of specific applications in mind.

The singer-songwriter musician was taken into consideration when the AEA N22 was designed. For years, musicians work diligently to hone their profession, and they presumably invested a sizable quantity of money in their instrument. They are willing to invest in a microphone because they have a strong sense of their individual tone, which they have honed through countless hours of practice. However, they are unable or unwilling to invest in a massive mic locker and must instead make do with a small number of pieces of equipment to meet all of their recording demands. In most situations, the new AEA N22 provides a beautiful ribbon tone without the need for EQ, and it is flexible and simple to use in home recording setups. The N22 was most importantly designed by first listening, and only measuring after professional artists and engineers said the microphone sounded amazing. With a street price of $999, it's affordable while still providing a handcrafted, US-made microphone that was meant to last throughout a musician's career. The N22 is the ideal companion for both artists and engineers since it bridges the gap between vintage and modern, ribbon and condenser, studio and live.

Product Information


Increased upper-midrange to help instruments cut through in a busy mix and to bring out critical sound characteristics without the need for EQ.
Reduced proximity effect to allow extreme up-close micing without boominess
Highly protected ribbon to allow close-up micing without pop-filters, and wind protection live sound use
Phantom-powered design for optimal performance with a wide range of preamps
Uses the same 2.35” long Big RibbonTM that AEA microphones have built a reputation on, continuing the RCA legacy
Sturdy design that is easy to use and that works with third-party clamp mounts
New custom transformer with exceptional bandwidth, distortion, and consistency performance
Smaller form factor that is easier to use with lightweight stands and in tight micing situations


Microphone Type: Ribbon
Ribbon Type: Aluminum 1.8-micron width
Mono/Stereo: Mono
Polar Pattern: Figure-8
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL: 141dB
Output Impedance: 92 ohms
Sensitivity: 8.3mV/Pa @ 1kHz
Connector: XLR
Power Source: 48V phantom power
Dimensions: 8.83" x 1.62"
Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number: N22

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews

This piece of gear is just so easy to use. I've tried it on a variety of applications and love how it sounds with everything so far. In my opinion, you won't get a better value for your money with the N22. I'm very impressed with this thing!

Sounds Like Live Sound

A great sounding, extremely versatile mic that just always sounds good. The N22 is so easy to work with and it seems to sound good on everything. Like another reviewer wrote, I genuinely liked mine so much that I bought a second. I will be keeping these mics for life!

My Dream Mic

This is the most unbelievable microphone that I've ever used. It sounds excellent with vocals and a wide variety of instruments that I've tried (acoustic guitar is my favorite).

Blown Away

Especially considering the price, I was blown away by this mic. The sound is very natural and the microphone is very forgiving about placement. I personally don't think it sounds thin at all when used for distance. I bought 2 and set them up in a Blumlein pair about a foot in front of my guitar. Even with my substandard guitar, it sounds magical. Best of all, it makes my vocals actually sound like me. I love it!

Just What I Needed

This is just a wonderful mic all around, it sounds amazing for a lot of different applications. If you get too far away from it, the bottom goes away, which is my only critique. Close up though, it sounds fantastic, don't be afraid of proximity boom with this mic. Overall it sounds very clear, present, and natural for acoustic guitar. It can also make an excellent main vocal mic. I'll probably buy a second one in the near future, but for now, I'm happy with the one.