It is an active ribbon mic that retains AEA’s characteristic “Big Ribbon” architecture, within a modern product pitched specifically to the singer/songwriter market. AEA Ribbon Mics and Preamps manufactures quality ribbon microphones and preamps that reflect your sound the way you hear it. The N8 shares the N22’s body and grille construction, although it has a black rather than silver finish. Please let us know! The N8 shares the N22’s body and grille construction, although it has a black rather than silver finish. The AEA NUVO Series N22 and N8 Ribbon Mics look very similar on the surface, but their tone and functionality provide a wide spectrum of distinct and different characteristics and applications. Although looking similar to the N22, which was aimed primarily at nearfield vocal duties, the new N8 is intended for a very broad range of instrumental and ensemble applications, working typically in the mid and far fields. The N8 was designed to have equal treble and bass from as far 20 feet (6 meters) from the source. For a more balanced sound at a distance to capture the natural tonality of your space, the AEA N8 … Potential damage from loud sources is of no concern, even at such a short distance, as the N8 can handle 141+dB SPL at 1 kHz. For the ultimate in flexibility and the widest possible sonic spectrum, try a “mismatched pair – one of each! If less proximity effect is desired when recording at close range, the near-field AEA N22 is an effective ribbon mic to complement the N8’s far-field performance. This is directly linked to how close your mic is positioned to the source — the closer to the source you place your mic, the more direct sound and less room tone will be captured. The N22’s feature set allows it to function as a near-field mic. For the uninitiated — the N8 is the far-field companion to the stellar N22. Because the midrange and top-end are not obscured by proximity effect, it also alleviates the need to blend an additional dynamic mic to add more bite. The best way to find out which microphone works best for you is to try them in your space with your music. This makes it perfect for electric guitar and bass cabinets, kick drum, acoustic guitar and of course, vocals. Each AEA microphone is a specific artistic tool engineered for a palette of uses. The more experienced the artist becomes with the special nature of each brush, the more proficient they are at creating increasingly subtle art. Did we get anything wrong on this page? Fortunately, the N22 NUVO Near and N8 NUVO Far are low enough in cost to make them easy to add to any mic locker. From a foot away (0.3 meters), there will not be an overwhelming amount of room tone – just enough to sound different than positioning it right up against the source. In the end, what matters is the tone each artist is trying to capture. The N8 is the second active ribbon mic in AEA’s “Nuvo” series, following the N22. This is perfect for engineers who want the pure sound of the instrument with limited ambience. (n/a mV/Pa; 20 - 8500 Hz). Steve Albini loves the N8 on electric guitars while Wilco’s favorite electric guitar mic is the N22. Most traditional ribbons were designed for capturing sources from a distance. The N22 sounds perfectly balanced at about 2 inches (5 cm) away from a guitar amp. Knowing the difference will change the way you record. Unlike far-field ribbon mics, N22’s optimal distance for miking is between one and 18 inches (2 cm – 0.5 meters). Only recently have near-field ribbon microphones become popular, with designs more rugged and compact in size. ©2020 AEA Ribbon Mics & Preamps, All Rights Reserved. The mics share identical electronics, but the difference in voicing, and thus placement, is achieved acoustically inside the mics, making for two tonally similar mics for two different applications. The ribbon in both Nuvo mics measures roughly 4.7mm x 60mm, and is made from corrugated 1.8-micron aluminum. Every ribbon mic has an optimal distance from which they perform without sacrificing low-end or high-end, delivering what is called a balanced treble-to-bass ratio. Bidirectional N8 vs N22. Mick Conley favors the N22 on overheads and Chris Koltay uses N8s both live and in the studio on overheads. They are all handmade in the United States. For engineers accustomed to using other ribbon mics, the flexibility of being able to position the N22 right against a guitar cab can be mind-blowing! The N8 NUVO Far was designed to have equal amounts of treble and bass from as far 20 feet (6 meters) from the source. While the N22 used multiple layers of acoustic filter materials to reduce bass response, the N8 has a fuller low frequency response, and appears to have a more traditional ribbon voicing, with a fuller low-frequency response.