In the golden age of live radio, musicians and actors learned to physically move in and out around a single RCA 44BX ribbon mic to perform solos or read their dramatic parts in radio dramas. It was a unique form of choreography that allowed ensembles to do complex performances around one microphone.
Today, the same interactions work around the AEA R88 stereo ribbon microphone, an extremely flexible stereo far-field mic used by recording engineers as diverse as Vance Powell, Ryan Hewitt, Joe Chiccarelli, and John Cuniberti. In fact, the R88 has become an essential tool for their recordings.
The R88 works in a myriad of ways — from group ensembles and entire bands to recording drum overheads, pianos, orchestras and the ambient sound of rooms. It is one of the most versatile microphones in the AEA line.