Chuck Levin's is an authorized dealer of Audio Engineering Associates

Chuck Levin's is an authorized dealer of Audio Engineering Associates

AEA R92 Passive Studio Ribbon For Close-Up Applications

    Two Voicings - Endless Possibilities

    AEA has designed the R92 to have slightly different tones on the front and rear pickup lobes of the bidirectional microphone. The front lobe of the AEA R92 is the "crisp" side, offering exceptionally clean and realistic high end detail. The rear lobe is the "smooth" side, which has a bit of classic ribbon high end roll-off reminiscent of the iconic 44 that can help to handle harsh transients in a very refined and flattering way. The bass reproduction of the AEA R92 is very solid and extends to the lowest audible bass frequencies.

    A Guitar Player’s Favorite

    Like all figure-of-8 microphones the R44 or R84 ribbons are subject to proximity effect - the increase in bass as you move the microphone closer to the source. While this effect can be particularly flattering for singers and to create a “larger than life” sound, it can get too much and overpowering in some recording situations. The guitar players on our staff asked for a ribbon microphone that captured an authentic and balanced electric guitar tone when put right onto the grill of his Fender amp. Thanks to its purely passive signal path and Wes’ bag of acoustic tricks, the AEA R92 not only handles the SPL levels of a high-gain amp with ease, but it also translates all the gritty details of the distortion that you’ve been tweaking so carefully.

    AEA R92 Applications:


    kick drum

    Floor tom

    Electric Guitar



    Output Impedance: 

    270 Ω nominal

    Recommended Load Impedance: 

    1.2 kΩ or greater


    Not required or recommended


    Pin 2 high for positive pressure on front of microphone.


    XLR-3M wired to a 3 m captive cable

    Off Axis Response:

    Polar Pattern: 

    Native bi-directional pattern


    Level changes with angle, frequency response is consistent, –35 dB null at 90° / 270°


    Level changes with angle, reduced HF response above and below 0° / 180° axis, –35 dB null at 90° / 270°

    Transducer element:

    Ribbon Thickness: 

    1.8 μ (0.0000018 m) of pure aluminum

    Ribbon Width: 

    0.185” (4.7 mm)

    Ribbon Length: 

    2.35” (59.7 mm)