Ribbon Revival - R92 / EM
Among the other premium mics, I was most excited about the AEA R92.The sweet highs of this pill-shaped transducer make it an ideal candidate for applications that have always challenged ribbon mics — namely acoustic guitar, percussion and modern pop vocals.
R92 Ribbon Mic Field Test / Mix
"It rounds off transients in true ribbon fashion, adding a naturally compressed sound that flatters even the most strident source. This tendency and its tailored frequency response make the R92 a hands-down winner at close quarters. You don't need to be afraid to get this mic in a singer's face or right up on a speaker. The R92 – like its forefathers carrying the same engine, the R84 and R88 – is unequaled in its price range. I almost felt guilty."
R88 Stereo Mic Review / Sound on Sound
"This new monster mic incorporates two separate ribbon diaphragms, allowing you to use either Blumlein or MS stereo recording configurations. [...]
"This is a very impressive microphone and one which is without equal as far as I know. It will appeal to the purist classical-music engineer without doubt, but it also has a much wider role in the studio. Long live the ribbon revolution!"
R84 Ribbon Mic Review / Sound on Sound
"Capacitor mics certainly have their strengths, and for most people most of the time they provide the best combination of price, performance and practicality. However, the ribbon mic has a character and tonality all its own, and the R84 is a very good example of just what this technology has to offer. Many of the great recordings of the '40s, '50s and '60s owe their sound to the distinctively smooth and natural quality of ribbon mics.
The R84 is certainly on a par with capacitor mics of a similar price, but it delivers a very different kind of sound which can become quite addictive, and makes a very worthy addition to a well-stocked mic cupboard. The figure-of-eight pattern won't suit every application or recording environment, but where it can be used the R84 makes a good alternative to any high-end condenser mic, and one I suspect many musicians may prefer once they have auditioned it for themselves."
R88 Stereo Mic Review / Mix
"There's no other ribbon that duplicates what the R88 ($1,895) does for bass, drums, percussion, brass and mallet instruments. It imparts warmth, has an appealing way of dealing with transients and, most importantly, has a knack for making things sound incredibly "real." At this price, it's a no-brainer."