With so many mics out there in the world, searching for the right one can be a daunting task– especially when it comes to the world of guitars! Guitars are some of the most interesting instruments to record because there are so many different combinations of guitars, amps, and players creating various tones. At AEA, many of the staff members are guitarists, all with different concepts of what a guitar should sound like. With these varying ideas, we were able to come up with two mics that we think can capture any guitar out there: the R92 and N22.
Ribbons are known for sounding great on guitar amps. With enough finessing, you could get by with most ribbons on guitars. But why settle why there are specific mics out there designed to capture the tone that you hear in your head and from your amp?
AEA’s R92 and N22 ribbon microphones are near-field models designed for close-miking. While most ribbons can be positioned up against an amp these two are special because they eliminate most of the bass build-up caused by proximity effect. While both are near-fields that share the same big ribbon and ribbon tuning, each has a unique sonic signature. But how do you tell the difference and which one should you choose for miking your guitar?