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We just launched a new series of performance videos called the ‘AEA Sessions’ to celebrate AEA’s 50 years in the audio industry.  Click here to watch a video of the N8 featured in a drum solo!

The AEA Sessions - Drum Solo

Les Paul, most famous for the invention of the electric guitar, died August 13, 2009 at the age of 94. "Without Les Paul, we would not have rock and roll as we know it...He was truly an architect of rock and roll," wrote Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in a statement released today. Besides the electric guitar, Les Paul also pioneered multitrack recording, earned thirty-six gold records, won multiple grammy awards, was inducted into the Inventor's Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Bush in 2007.

In Memoriam - 1915-2009

Grammy award winning producer/engineer Neil Dorfsman (Dire Straits, Paul McCartney, Sting, and many more) recently used two AEA A440 active ribbon microphones at Clubhouse Studio in New York. "AEA mics will amaze you with their clarity and richness of sound," he said. "They have everything we all love about vintage mics, but with plenty of gain, low-noise, and the warmth and color that makes almost everything you record sound better."

Neil Dorfsman with an A440

Neil Young & Crazy Horse are releasing their album "Americana" on June 5th, 2012. It is their first full-length record in nine years. The choir for the album was recorded with AEA A440 phantom-powered ribbon microphones at EastWest Studio 2. Engineered and co-produced with Neil Young by John Hanlon, and assisted by Jeremy Miller.

As part of the Shaking Through documentary series, the Pennsylvania based band Night Panther recently recorded their infectious song 'Fire' with a large number of AEA microphones and preamps. Several videos, raw tracks to download, and track sheets at document the recording process and allow hearing AEA products in action. The full range of AEA ribbon microphones were used on the session in addition to TRP preamps. To watch the session video click here. Click here to learn about choosing the right preamp for recording strings. To learn more about this episode of Shaking Through follow this link.

Night Panther recording for Shaking Through

A pair of AEA R92 ribbon microphones is currently being pressed into service for the electric guitar sound with country music rapper Colt Ford on Eric Church's sold-out Blood, Sweet, and Beers Canada tour. FOH engineer Michael Zuehsow reports: "Every dynamic and condenser mic we've used, I've been spending quite a bit of soundcheck time trying to accurately reproduce what the guitar speakers are putting out. Now it is effortless and musical."

Tony Galyon, Colt Ford, and Michael Zuehsow

The Oscar winning score of Life of Pi was captured for audiences using AEA’s R88 Stereo Ribbon Microphone. LA-based engineer Brad Haehnel recorded and mixed the soundtrack for the movie, which recently garnered four Academy Awards including Best Original Score for Mychael Danna. The AEA R88 faithfully reproduced the sound of the horn section while vintage RCA 44 ribbon microphones were used as spot mics during the sessions at the Fox scoring stage. Haehnel adds: “I use the AEA R88 on basically every session and no matter the application it never fails to deliver.”

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AEA was a proud sponsor of The Pensado's Place Awards, an event created to acknowledge the work done by industry professionals who actually put the content together. Whereas The Grammys recognizes the engineers and producers wing of the business, The Pensado's Place Awards are aimed at the entire technical community. Martina McBride presented one of our N22 microphones to Robert Webber of SoundCap Audio in Sacramento, winner of the AIR Award for Assistant-Engineer. Stay tuned to the Pensado's Place YouTube Channel to catch footage from the show, and join us and Pensado's Place in "Recognizing The Faces Behind The Sound."

N22 winner Robert Webber and country superstar Martina McBride

Jeff Tweedy, frontman of the Chicago-based alternative rock band Wilco, recently announced a solo album recorded with the support of his son Spencer and R.E.M. keyboardist Scott McCaughey. The record, titled, Sukierae, was recorded at Wilco’s studio, The Loft, and is slated for release on September 23. A pair of AEA N22 NUVO series ribbon microphones was in constant use for the recording sessions of the album, particularly for electric guitar duties. Jeff Tweedy reports: "It's hard to get a better sound than a '57 Les Paul thru a Divine Noise cable into a tweed Fender Deluxe mic-ed up with an AEA N22 ribbon mic! The sound is GLORIOUS!"

Jeff Tweedy's N22 ribbon mic

We are proud to announce that the AEA R88 mk2 has won the 2013 PAR Excellence Award in the dynamic microphone category. The awards are a reader-voted program, presented by the Editors and Contributors of Pro Audio Review (PAR) magazine. The PAR Excellence trophy is a true award "of the people", so we would like to thank you all for your support. The R88 received the exact same number of votes as the Telefunken M82 dynamic mic making them both tied winners in this category.

"The AEA R88 mk2 Stereo Ribbon Microphone packs two matched, pressure-gradient pure aluminum ribbon transducers into a single elongated body, making it convenient to set up and record with,” explains PAR Software Editor Rich Tozzoli. “Overall, this mic delivers in several different ways. It’s easy to setup for stereo recording; it maintains a solid center image with a wide soundstage. It provides just what you would expect out of a high-end ribbon–huge, smooth, creamy sound with a massive bottom."