UPC/EAN #410000151525     MPN #R84    

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R84 series ribbon microphones deliver the classic tonality of the legendary R44, with extended top-end and reduced proximity effect for mid-range and close-range recording.

The R84 series quickly endears itself to engineers and musicians due to its remarkably expansive frequency range, complete with sweeping highs and booming lows.

The R84 series' balanced and manageable proximity effect bolsters the low-end of vocals, drums, and brass, from just feet away. A ribbon mic as multi-purpose, lightweight, and maneuverable as the R84 is well-suited for both close-range and ambient mic applications.

The R84A retains the same sonic character of the R84 but offers an additional 12dB of output and a stable impedance that allows flexibility when recording quiet sources through any preamp.

R84 series ribbon mics are a staple in numerous recording studios because of a unique tonality and classic sound. The smooth, high-frequency roll-off and reduced sibilance of the R84 make it the first choice for engineers when tracking vocals or other instruments that often sound harsh when recorded with condenser mics.
The R84's accentuated mid-range captures the unique qualities of many instruments with detailed elegance. Its remarkable low-end response is perfect for adding heft to the sound of drum kits or otherwise thin vocals. R84 series mics perform well on practically any voice or musical instrument, making them highly useful in recording and broadcast studios.

In 2000, AEA sought to design a more compact, lightweight and economic version of the hefty, eight-pound RCA 44BX. The result was the R84, which retains the best traits of the 44 series in a lower cost, three-pound package.

The R84 and original RCA 44 (now the AEA R44C) share the same Big Ribbon element, transformer and other mechanical elements by design. By using modern design techniques and stronger, more compact magnets, the R84 retains the classic RCA ribbon sound.

The R84 boasts improvements on the 44 design- including more manageable proximity effect, more extended top-end, vibration isolation and greater maneuverability on small stages and in small studios. The microphone's U-shaped yoke acts as a shock mount and enables the user to position the R84 at various angles, even on a straight mic stand.

The R84 and R84A are almost identical in sound.The R84A is an R84, but equipped with custom-made Lehle transformer and active electronics. Though the two versions of the microphone sound very similar and both deliver the classic ribbon sound, they have different requirements. The choice between the R84 and R84A is contingent on the specific needs of an engineer and their environment.
  • Warm, smooth and detailed classic ribbon sound
  • Full and rich tonality with generous highs and lows
  • Sonically similar to the legendary R44 Series, with less proximity effect
  • Versatile in close-range or ambient applications
  • Active R84A version has 12db level increase and is optimized for all preamps
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Operating Principle: Pressure gradient microphone
    Directional Pattern: Bidirectional (Figure-of-8)
    Frequency Range: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Maximum SPL: 165+ dBSPL (1% third harmonic > 1 kHz)
    Output Sensitivity: 2.5 mV/Pa (-52 dBv/Pa) into unloaded circuit
    Output Impedance: 270 nominal
    Recommended Load Impedance: 1.2 k or greater
    Powering: Not required or recommended
    Polarity: Pin 2 high for positive pressure on front of microphone.
    Connector: XLR-3M wired to a 3 m captive cable
    Off Axis Response:
    Polar Pattern: Native bi-directional pattern
    Horizontal: Level changes with angle, frequency response is consistent, -35 dB null at 90° / 270°
    Vertical: 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 (0.0000018 m) of pure aluminum
    Ribbon Width: 0.185" (4.7 mm)
    Ribbon Length: 2.35" (59.7 mm)
    Weight with Cable: 3 pounds (1.36 kg)
    Height: 11.6" (29.5 cm)
    Width: 3.9" (9.9 cm)
    Depth: 2.5" (6.4 cm)
    dorian bell
    Montreal, QC
    January 25, 2024
    Great all-around microphone
    The type of microphone you can use to record every instrument in your song, without compromise. Beautiful detail, and a shocking amount of high frequency clarity for a ribbon. Almost caught me off guard!
    Dorian Bell
    Montreal Quebec
    January 15, 2024
    Just having got the microphone we put it through a good weekend of recording on guitars, drums and vocals and it captured such wonderful clarity and detail in each case. The mix came alive with the microphone placement and straight recording with minimal need to apply effects. Read more
    Josh Parkman
    Strasbourg, Sk
    April 11, 2021
    Best In Class
    This immediately got me the 'classic ribbon sound' that I had in my head. Smooth, punchy, thick, convincing. A very trustworthy mic that I love having around. And Studio Economik is definitely the place to get it in Canada.
    Daryl Sarnat
    Barrie ON
    January 9, 2019
    This mic is great at any price, but the fact that it is priced where it is makes it even more impressive. Very happy with my purchase and plan to eventually get another for stereo situations.

    This is not, in my opinion, an all-purpose microphone. However, when it suits the situation it is mind-blowingly awesome... Read more
    Woodstock New Brunswick
    November 29, 2017
    Stereo Pair R84
    I have looked at the R84 for a long time and finally pulled the trigger on a Stereo pair. My sales guy Mario (the best by the way) helped me make my decision on buying them. I have had them up and running for a few days and all is what I can say is WOW WOW WOW... Read more
    Mario Sévigny
    April 9, 2016
    Ce micro est exceptionnel... Il a une chaleur indescriptible et un son vintage mais moderne à la fois. Je l'ai utilisé sur des voix et guitares acoustiques. Il a une superbe proximité. Évidemment, un micro à ruban est un peu plus terne au niveau Read more
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