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AEA Ribbon Mics NUVO N8 Far-Field Phantom-Powered Ribbon Microphone

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AEA Ribbon Mics NUVO N8 Far-Field Phantom-Powered Ribbon Microphone
Key Features
  • Side-Address, Large-Ribbon Design
  • Figure-8 Polar Pattern
  • Open and Natural Sound
  • Retains Lows and Highs in Far-Field Use
Offering the open and natural sound of a traditional side-address, large-ribbon mic in a compact and lightweight form factor designed for far-field use, the AEA Ribbon Mics NUVO N8 active ribbon microphone is ideal when positioned 1 to 20' away from the source, be it group vocals, acoustic instruments, ensembles, or drums, in the studio or on the stage. The inclusion of a custom transformer helps the NUVO N8 achieve a strong output level while retaining low-noise performance.
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AEA Ribbon Mics N8 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Far-Field Ribbon
  • 3Works Up Close
  • 4Active Electronics
  • 5Ready for the Road
  • 6Features at a Glance

Offering the open and natural sound of a traditional side-address, large-ribbon mic in a compact and lightweight form factor designed for far-field use, the AEA Ribbon Mics NUVO N8 active ribbon microphone is ideal when positioned 1 to 20' away from the source, be it group vocals, acoustic instruments, ensembles, or drums, in the studio or on the stage. The inclusion of a custom transformer helps the NUVO N8 achieve a strong output level while retaining low-noise performance.

As a far-field ribbon, the NUVO N8 provides full low- and high-end tone when capturing sources in the context of a room. Plus, it boasts the widest frequency range of any AEA mic. The NUVO N8's figure-8 polar pattern exhibits the classic pickup traits and side-rejection qualities associated with ribbon mics. A standard XLR 3-pin male connector is on the mic for hookup to virtually any microphone preamp; 48V phantom power is required to power the mic's active electronics.

Far-Field Ribbon

The N8 captures a space as it sounds live and in person, with all the present subtlety and nuance. Its expansive frequency response and balanced low-end make it superbly effective when capturing the full breadth of sound from the back of a room, above a drum set, or overhead a string section.

It is designed to be positioned at an ideal distance of 12 inches or farther from the source of sound. This far-field design allows for a wide range of options when positioning the N8 to best capture an instrument within the context of a room.

From as far away as 20 feet away, the N8 retains the low-end frequencies of the sources it captures, and its open, natural tonality makes it perfect to record an entire orchestra or the full low-end of a drum kit from overhead.

Works Up Close

The proximity effect of the N8 is present when recording a source from closer than 12 inches, so this feature can be used to accentuate the low-end of a vocal or string instrument. Potential damage from loud sources is of no concern, even at such a short distance, as the N8 can handle 141+ dB SPL at 1 kHz.

If less proximity effect is desired when recording at close range, the near-field AEA N22 is an effective ribbon mic to complement the N8's far-field performance.

Active Electronics

The N8 uses the same custom transformer utilized in the AEA A440 and R84A microphones, enabling an additional 12 dB of output and a stable impedance. Though it still sounds great with any AEA ribbon-optimized preamp, it is not dependent on a high-impedance, high-gain preamp for proper use.

The extra output is a major advantage when recording quiet sources like vocals and soft acoustic guitars. The active circuitry also prevents noise, interference on long cable runs and when near operating near large lighting rigs.

Ready for the Road

With increased durability and a small profile, it's no wonder that a wide range of performers use AEA's NUVO series microphones on the road. The mics are totally rugged and hold up to daily wear and tear.

From outdoor gigs at music festivals to indoor theaters, NUVO mics are the perfect companion to bring the sound of studio recordings to the live stage. With the optional NUVO windscreen, never worry about the ribbon, even at windy gigs.

Features at a Glance

  • Open and natural sound
  • Far-field ribbon mic that retains lows and highs from a distance
  • Same design philosophy as the AEA R88 stereo ribbon mic
  • Compact, lightweight, and low-profile design
  • Features active electronics and custom transformer optimized for all preamps
  • Made in the USA
UPC: 652401977506

AEA Ribbon Mics N8 Specs

Microphone
Form FactorStand/Boom Mount
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleRibbon
Diaphragm2.35" / 59.69 mm
Polar PatternFigure-8
OrientationSide Address
CircuitrySolid-State
PadNone
High-Pass FilterNone
Tone AdjustmentNone
IndicatorsNone
On-Board ControlsNone
WindscreenNone
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL141 dB SPL (1 kHz, 1% THD)
Off-Axis Rejection6 dB at 60°
6 dB at 120°
0 dB at 180°
Impedance92 Ohms
Load Impedance1000 Ohms
Sensitivity8.3 mV/Pa at 1 kHz
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Power
Operating Voltage48 V (Phantom Power)
Operating Current Consumption7 mA (Phantom Power)
Physical
ColorBlack
MountingMic Clip/Stand Adapter (Included)
Dimensionsø: 1.62 x L: 8.83" / ø: 4.11 x L: 22.43 cm
Weight12 oz / 340 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.785 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.45 x 8.3 x 3.05"

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