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AEA R92 Ribbon Microphone

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AEA R92 Ribbon Microphone

The dual-tone AEA R92 features a traditional ribbon character in the shape of a near-field and serves as a flexible creative tool with endless possibilities. The R92 performs admirably when close to brass, guitar amps, kick drums, and percussion. It has a similar sound to the R84 but with a stronger midrange and less proximity effect. The R92 can be used as two microphones in one since each side produces a tone that is distinct from the other. The R92's low-end clarity and warm middle, when combined with a stronger mic signal, help to balance the scales in a mix.

Two Sides, Two Sonic Tones

The R92 offers countless creative possibilities for crafting a signature sound because of its dual sonic character. The sound signature on the front side is clear and designed to be bright. The reverse is smoother and darker. It is perfect for softening harsh sounds like trumpets and strings. The microphone can reproduce bass down to the lowest audible bass frequencies.

Near-Field Capabilities

The R92 was made to be placed anywhere from 1 to 18 inches away from the sound source. With a minimal proximity effect, it keeps a balanced frequency response across the spectrum. The proximity effect is naturally reduced by the R92, and it also avoids the room tone, which can be problematic in cramped areas like iso booths.

When the low end is naturally rolled off before it reaches the ribbon, a very different sound is produced than when the low end is rolled off in post-production using electrical equalization. The proximity effect in a conventional ribbon mic can be so potent that it obscures the mid-range, which can be very challenging to fix.

Consider the positioning of the R92 in terms of inches rather than feet, in contrast to conventional ribbon mics. Although near-field microphones can be placed far from the sound source, they have a more even sound when they are closer.

The R92 accurately reproduces all the gritty characteristics of an instrument that musicians want, as well as the SPL levels of a loud trombone and a high-gain amplifier.

Versatile Placement Options

The U-shaped yoke of the R92 serves as a shock mount and allows the user to place the microphone at different angles even when using a straight stand. This shock mount has a built-in 360-degree swivel mount that makes it simple to build and position it in confined locations. Because the R92 weighs only two pounds, it may be simply mounted on small stages.



Product Information


  • Excellent bass and smooth treble response
  • Large Ribbon Geometry transducer
  • Quick, accurate transient reproduction
  • Excellent off-axis frequency response
  • Low self noise and high SPL capability
  • Wide-band response from 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Unique character of front and rear lobes


Microphone Type: Ribbon
Ribbon Type: 1.8-micron Aluminum (4.7mm x 59.7mm)
Polar Pattern: Figure-8
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL: 135dB
Output Impedance: 270 ohms
Connector: XLR
Weight: 2 lbs
Included Accessories: Case
Manufacturer Part Number: R92

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Love it for Acoustic Guitar

I've had mine for several months now and it's easily become my favorite for steel string acoustic guitar. The mic eliminates any problems with transients and it sounds great in many positions with no eq.

5 Stars for the R92

I'm in love with the R92. So far I've used it on cello, violin, upright bass, acoustic guitar, flute, sax, and vocals. It's my go-to for guitar, but it really shines with cello, 5 stars!

Sounds Great With Everything

I get the best upright bass sound I've ever been able to produce with this mic. I thought I was going crazy when I played back what I recorded for the first time. It smooths out any harshness and adds warm character. You definitely need a preamp though because of the low gain. Great mic overall.

Great Quality, Great Price

I gave this mic a try in a session for kick and I was really blown away! The mic is extremely accurate on kick, no EQ. Loving the R92.

Super Versatile

This was my first time trying one of AEA's modern lines. I bought the R92 on a whim and I couldn't be more impressed by its qualities. I've used the mic on vocals, brass, and drums, and it sounds great with all of them. This really is a mic that can sound great on everything. I recommend pairing it with a solid preamp that can provide enough clean gain and impedance matching. AEA's RPQ preamp does it better than any other pre I've tried, highly recommend both products!