There is a commonality between almost all ribbon mics in the world, and that is a figure-of-8 polar pattern. The benefits of the figure-of-8 polar pattern are numerous. Their incredibly sharp nulls are useful for rejecting unwanted signals in a room, while the front and rear lobes of the polar pattern capture expansive, natural room sound. Figure-of-8 ribbons are highly effective in almost any recording scenario, but it can be difficult to avoid unwanted signal bleed from the rear of the mic.
The KU5A stands out as a supercardioid, end-address ribbon mic that exhibits the same rich ribbon tonality as AEA’s other big ribbon microphones. Many artists and engineers attest to the ease with which the KU5A can be positioned to capture incredible sound from any source. Its end-address directionality allows for simple ‘point-and-shoot’ positioning and the sharp supercardioid polar pattern negates the effect of a room’s sonic quality on the signal.