Designed with singer-songwriters, musicians, and home studios in mind
Top end clarity of a condenser with a ribbon’s smoothness
Custom German toroidal transformer for 12dB more gain
Highly protected ribbon for close-up use and live use with minimal proximity effect
Phantom powered electronics for optimal performance with any preamp
A NUVO Approach to the Ribbon Mic
The AEA N22 was designed with the singer-songwriter musician in mind. Hard working artists that have honed their musical craft for years feel strongly about their personal tone, so they need a microphone that translates their signature sound in a recording. The N22 delivers on exactly those key points - providing a great ribbon tone without the need for EQ in most applications. Just like the RCA 44, the N22 was designed by listening first and measured only after experienced musicians and engineers confirmed that the microphone sounded great. Consequently, it is a professional tool that holds up to the highest standards of recording. Bridging the gap between vintage and modern, ribbon and condenser, studio and live, the N22 is the perfect companion for musicians and engineers alike.
The Big Ribbon™: reimagined
Featuring the same Big Ribbon™ technology that has earned AEA its reputation, the N22 offers an incredible sound in close-mic applications like acoustic and electric guitars, piano, vocals, and drums. With phantom-powered JFET electronics and a custom German transformer, the N22 achieves optimal performance with a wide range of preamps including USB or Firewire audio interfaces in home or project studio setups. The highly protected pure aluminum ribbon allows for using the N22 in live sound applications and vocal recording without the need for an additional pop-filter. The simplicity and the ease of use of the entire package allow the focus to be on capturing a great performance even in tight and difficult recording environments.
About the NUVO Series
The N22 is the first member of AEA's NUVO series of microphones. Rooted in the RCA tradition just like other AEA ribbons, all NUVO microphones are designed to offer a fresh approach to the ribbon transducer and represent Wes Dooley's take on the evolution of the ribbon microphone.
Features And Specs
Pressure gradient microphone
Bidirectional or Figure-of-8
20 Hz to 20 kHz
141 dBSPL (1% third harmonic > 1 kHz)
6.2 mV/Pa (-33.5 dBV) into unloaded circuit
92 Ω broadband
Recommended Load Impedance:
1.0 kΩ or greater
P48 phantom power, 7 mA
Pin 2 high for positive pressure at the front of the microphone.
Off Axis Response:
Native bidirectional 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°
1.8 μ (0.0000018 m) of pure aluminum
0.185” (4.7 mm)
2.35” (59.7 mm)
Storage / shipping case, microphone stand clip, custom protective mic sleeve, user manual