This makes it perfect for electric guitar and bass cabinets, kick drum, acoustic guitar and of course, vocals. From a foot away (0.3 meters), there will not be an overwhelming amount of room tone – just enough to sound different than positioning it right up against the source. AEA Ribbon Mics and Preamps manufactures quality ribbon microphones and preamps that reflect your sound the way you hear it. It is an active ribbon mic that retains AEA’s characteristic “Big Ribbon” architecture, within a modern product pitched specifically to the singer/songwriter market. Did we get anything wrong on this page? Now that we’ve told you how these two microphones were designed, it should be noted that all rules can – and should – be broken when it’s right for your situation. Proudly independent, we build all our products by hand in Pasadena, CA, U.S.A. The N8 NUVO Far was designed to have equal amounts of treble and bass from as far 20 feet (6 meters) from the source. The N8 is the second active ribbon mic in AEA’s “Nuvo” series, following the N22. Unfortunately, AEA’s limited test facilities do not show either mic’s low-frequency response, as they are truncated at 200Hz. The AEA NUVO Series N22 and N8 Ribbon Mics look very similar on the surface, but their tone and functionality provide a wide spectrum of distinct and different characteristics and applications. The 1.8-micron, 60mm (~2.3'') ribbon is the same as found in the R84 and R92, the new Nuvo N8, and other AEA ribbons, but in the N22 it is part of a newly designed motor. ©2020 AEA Ribbon Mics & Preamps, All Rights Reserved. For the ultimate in flexibility and the widest possible sonic spectrum, try a “mismatched pair – one of each! The more experienced the artist becomes with the special nature of each brush, the more proficient they are at creating increasingly subtle art. The N8 was designed to have equal treble and bass from as far 20 feet (6 meters) from the source. Every ribbon mic has an optimal distance from which they perform without sacrificing low-end or high-end, delivering what is called a balanced treble-to-bass ratio. Please let us know! Unlike far-field ribbon mics, N22’s optimal distance for miking is between one and 18 inches (2 cm – 0.5 meters). The N8 also shares the N22’s ribbon dimensions, transformer, and active transformerless electronics. Fortunately, the N22 NUVO Near and N8 NUVO Far are low enough in cost to make them easy to add to any mic locker. They are all handmade in the United States. The ribbon in both Nuvo mics measures roughly 4.7mm x 60mm, and is made from corrugated 1.8-micron aluminum. The N8 shares the N22’s body and grille construction, although it has a black rather than silver finish. Steve Albini loves the N8 on electric guitars while Wilco’s favorite electric guitar mic is the N22. This is directly linked to how close your mic is positioned to the source — the closer to the source you place your mic, the more direct sound and less room tone will be captured. Its well-received sibling, the N22 active ribbon, was reviewed by Paul White in April last year (www.soundonsound.com/sos/apr14/articles/aea-n22.htm). Both the N22 and N8 NUVO mics are the same size and offer the same ribbon sound and high-quality components as our other mics. The N8 is the second active ribbon mic in AEA’s “Nuvo” series, following the N22. The N8 is intended to be used mainly as a far-field mic. Depending on the sound you’re going for, a little room tone can make your recordings sound very natural.The N8 NUVO Far is also a fantastic choice for guitar amps, but sounds much more balanced. This is perfect for engineers who want the pure sound of the instrument with limited ambience. These mics’ electronics operate at unity gain; the output signal from the ribbon is amplified by a Lehle step-up transformer. The first thing to decide is how much room tone and natural ambience you want in your recordings. There are no application rules with any AEA mic (other than don’t use them to record canned air to emulate Joy Division’s hi-hat sound). The best way to find out which microphone works best for you is to try them in your space with your music. While the N22 used multiple layers of acoustic filter materials to reduce bass response, the N8 has a fuller low frequency response, and appears to have a more traditional ribbon voicing, with a fuller low-frequency response. Mick Conley favors the N22 on overheads and Chris Koltay uses N8s both live and in the studio on overheads. If you’re looking for a more direct sound with a minimal amount of room tone, the N22 NUVO Near is a great first option because it has less proximity effect so it allows you to get right up against the source while still retaining a balanced sound. The mics share identical electronics, but the difference in voicing, and thus placement, is achieved acoustically inside the mics, making for two tonally similar mics for two different applications. (n/a mV/Pa; 20 - 8500 Hz). Most traditional ribbons were designed for capturing sources from a distance. 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. The N22 houses a meticulously tuned high-pass filter which allows the mic to be placed right up against an instrument or amp without the use of an EQ circuit, creating a more nuanced sound than rolling off the low-end with EQ. The N8 also shares the N22’s ribbon dimensions, transformer, and active transformerless electronics. N8 vs N22. The further from the source you place your mic, the less direct sound and the more room tone will be recorded.