NPR Marketplace Features AEA & Wes Dooley

How To Build A Business On Another Company's Old Gear

Adriene Hill of NPR’s Marketplace visited AEA to get an inside look at how AEA has brought back the R44 ribbon microphone.

“In ‘98 I did what I told myself I would do: Preserve the 44, put it back into production — we already made parts for our service work for the 20 years we’d been doing that,” Dooley says. Read the full article here.

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R44 Series

The AEA R44C is an exact replica of the vintage RCA 44BX ribbon microphone, considered the most musical sounding microphone ever built and used on many of the most iconic recordings of the 20th century.

Ribbon Recap
Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives Use AEA Mics to Achieve “Natural, Unprocessed Sound”
Ribbon Recap
John Cuniberti’s OneMic series: Recording bands with a single mic

Engineer John Cuniberti aims to capture a band in one take, without edits or overdubs, but sound as balanced as a conventional multi-track recording.