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Figure-8 pattern only is no longer a limitation within the AEA family, the new KU5A addresses this at an amazing price.
Never before has a ribbon mic delivered as much clarity and breadth of sound in a package so fit for both studio and live settings as the supercardioid KU5A.
The supercardioid KU5A breaks new ground in ribbon technology with its acutely focused directionality that rejects bleed from other instruments, room reflections, and loud ambience in the studio and on stage.
Never before has a ribbon mic delivered as much clarity and breadth of sound in a package so fit for both studio and live use. As a near-field ribbon designed for close range recording, the KU5A delivers the low-end heft and pronounced midrange one expects of AEA ribbons and with moderate, manageable proximity effect. Vocalists can sing directly into the grill of the KU5A, as its interior components are the most protected of any in the AEA lineup.
The KU5A is equipped with active electronics, fit for any preamp in the studio and on the road, as well as an integrated high-pass filter to roll off low end in close range recording applications.
- Supercardioid polar pattern that rejects room tone and instrument bleed
- Detailed, extended top end with ribbon smoothness and warmth
- Supreme durability for close-range, outdoor, and live use
- Active electronics and custom transformer optimized for all preamps
- Front address design with built-in yoke is simple to position
- Integrated high-pass filter switch reduces proximity effect at close-range
- Matte black finish is discreet on camera
- Made in the U.S.A.
THE SUPERCARDIOID RIBBON
The KU5A’s supercardioid polar pattern captures pure, direct sound while rejecting room tone from behind the mic. This feature prevents excessive monitor and audience bleed when tracking musicians live in one room or on stage. Traditional figure-of-8 ribbons, which distinctly incorporate both direct sound and room sound, rely on sharp nulls to reject unwanted bleed.
The KU5A’s end-address directionality and tight supercardioid pattern allow for effortless positioning on snare, toms, and other instruments that may be difficult to access. Signal bleed captured by dynamic mics and condensers often sounds harsh and brittle due to top-end frequencies. The minimal bleed captured by the KU5A sounds more natural as a result of its smooth top end and coheres well in a mix.
For more information and AEA Session videos, please visit: https://www.aearibbonmics.com/aea-sessions/ Singer-songwriter, Margaret Glaspy and instrumentalist Tyler Chester deliver a potent rendition of Sarah Siskind’s ‘I Do’ with AEA’s new supercardioid KU5A on vocals and amps. Bathed in the soft light of the chandeliers at Hollywood Forever’s Masonic Lodge, Glaspy sings Siskind’s words of slow healing in the wake of a relationship’s end. The KU5A is the ideal ribbon microphone for vocals because of its acute directionality and extended top end. As a near-field ribbon with restrained proximity effect, it is also highly effective on speaker cabinets. The KU5A is the ideal ribbon microphone for vocals because of its acute directionality and extended top end. As a near-field ribbon with restrained proximity effect, it is also highly effective on speaker cabinets. The KU5A is featured on guitar, keyboard amps, and vocals, the N22 captures the fullness and detail of the bass amp, and the R88 stereo mic records the expansive sound of the stage. All mics run through RPQ500 preamps. Look behind the scenes here: https://www.aearibbonmics.com/videos/margaret-glaspy-and-tyler-chester/ Performed by Margaret Glaspy and Tyler Chester (http://margaretglaspy.com/) Filming and audio by Alex Chaloff (http://www.bucketsmovingcompany.com) This video features reverb. FEATURED PRODUCTS: KU5A - N22- R88 - RPQ500 INPUT LIST: Vocals and Amps: AEA KU5A - RPQ500 Room: AEA R88mk2 - RPQ500 Bass Amp: AEA N22 - RPQ500 Converters: RME UFX+ Converters DAW: Nuendo @ 96k/24bit The AEA sessions is a collaboration between filmmaker and recording engineer Alex Chaloff and AEA Microphones. The motivation behind this project is to pair highly stylized video with pristine audio to showcase some of the finest microphones and musicians in the world.
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