How To Record Vocals With the R92

Audio Samples and Techniques Using the AEA R92

The R92 is ideally equipped to capture the detail and tonality in any range of vocals. With its near-field design, balanced low-end, and pronounced mid-range, the R92 effectively captures the essence of a vocal performance while limiting room reflections. The two sides of the R92 produce tonalities distinct from one another and provide your project with various tonal options; a bright front-side for high-end detail and a darker rear-side that rolls off high frequencies.

The optimal response range of the near-field R92 is between 1 and 18 inches from the source, and its proximity effect impacts sources within 6 inches. The near-field functionality of the R92 imparts AEA’s classic Big Ribbon sound in close-range recording applications.

The near-field R92 can be positioned near the vocalist, much like a standard condenser, and still deliver incredibly balanced sound. The ribbon of the R92 is well-protected from high volumes, though we recommend using a pop screen to diffuse vocal plosives.

Front Side – Bright Side

The brighter front-side of the R92 is perfect for achieving detail in high-frequencies with hulking mid-range response in a close-range recording setting.

Female Vocals
Male Vocals
Back Side – Dark Side

The rear-side of the R92 is its ‘dark side’, where high-frequencies are mechanically rolled off, delivering accentuated mid-range and balanced low end.

Female Vocals
Male Vocals
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