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AEA NUVO N8 Ribbon Microphone

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AEA NUVO N8 Ribbon Microphone

The AEA N8 is a successor to the popular N22 model created for singer-songwriters and project studios, but it sounds very different from the N22. The N8 was designed to be the most transparent and authentic-sounding ribbon microphone ever built. The new N8 microphone, which was designed to capture acoustic settings as accurately as possible, excels at picking up drum overheads and rooms, strings, classical ensembles, and orchestras. It is therefore the perfect addition to the N22 microphone. However, the N8 still offers remarkable clarity and warmth when used up close. It also takes EQ quite well without ever becoming harsh.

The N8 creates an astoundingly clear sound with a superior transient response by using a similar design philosophy to that of the well-liked R88 stereo ribbon microphone. This allows AEA's renowned Big Ribbon to truly shine. The N8's aluminum ribbon is directly descended from the renowned RCA 44 type since it shares the same dimensions and settings as the flagship R44 variant.

For orchestral and television work, when microphones need to be simple to set and nearly undetectable, the N8's modest size and black finish make it the perfect choice. Even when driving lengthy cable lines in remote recording scenarios, the N8's phantom-powered circuitry and a special German transformer provide ground-breaking low level detail and the best distortion performance. Like every other AEA product, the N8 is made entirely in Pasadena, California.


Product Information


  • Open and natural
  • Designed for far-field: strings, overheads, and room mics
  • Unobtrusive, discreet and video friendly look
  • The same signature Big Ribbon as the R44
  • Phantom powered electronics for optimal performance with any preamp
  • 100% made in Pasadena, CA


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: 8.3 mV/Pa @ 1 kHz
Connector: XLR
Power Source: 48V phantom power
Dimensions: 8.83" x 1.62"
Weight: 0.75 lbs
Included Accessories: Storage Case, Microphone Stand Clip, Custom Protective Mic Sleeve
Manufacturer Part Number: N8

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
I'm So Impressed!

What an outstanding microphone! The sound is so beautiful and detailed, it's like having a condenser only with the character of a ribbon mic. The recorded sound is very true to what you hear. I recommend that everybody at least try one, I'm sure you will be as amazed as I am.

Cream of the Crop

I have two other ribbon mics, and have to say AEA mics are the cream of the crop. I use the N8 on acoustic guitar, vocals, upright bass, and piano, and it sounds great on all of them. The mic's sonic picture is both warm and detailed, I highly recommend this mic!