The Cloud Microphones 44-A microphone, which has direct RCA ancestry, revives the spirit of the vintage RCA Type 44 ribbon mic for modern applications. The ribbon itself, which was manufactured to the specifications first established in the 1930s by RCA's Harry F. Olson, has not changed internally in the Cloud 44-A. However, everything else has been completely redesigned using innovations from the 21st century that go beyond what was possible in Olson's day. The 44-A is an active ribbon mic with personality from the past and all the strength and clarity needed for today's most demanding duties. It uses Cloud's award-winning, patented Cloudlifter circuitry with its distinctive features and ultra-clean qualities.
The Cloud 44-A is the first and only active ribbon microphone featuring switchable Voice/Music response curves that may be used to adjust proximity effect. These curves are reminiscent of the early RCA mics. The switchable interface, which offers dual frequency response voicing in an active ribbon microphone, is a patent-pending innovation that is particularly beneficial in a variety of contexts. The "Voice" setting allows voice actors and singers to immediately lessen the huge bass proximity impact brought on by being close to the microphone. When utilizing the mic to record an instrument up close or in environments where there may be rumbling or vibration noise present, the "voice" position can also be helpful for suppressing intense low frequencies. The switchable interface gives the user a microphone with two separate voices, allowing them to employ the unique sound of a ribbon microphone on a variety of new sources that might not have otherwise been attractive. Of course, some vocalists will prefer the larger bass response at close range.
The output level of the Cloud 44-A is suitable with practically every contemporary preamp, and it needs phantom power. A microfibre microphone cover that can be used to clean and store the microphone is also provided.
Figure 8 polar pattern with excellent side null rejection