The R44C, AEA’s museum reproduction of the RCA
44BX, was first produced in 1998. To celebrate its
20 year run, we developed the active, cost-effective, and
stylized R44ACE to memorialize the spirit of the R44
while making it affordable and appealing to a newer
generation of ribbon mic adherents. The ACE is an
exciting amalgamation of 1930s technology and
modern production that delivers the R44’s classic sound
in a new context.
The R44ACE utilizes new old stock RCA ribbon material
and boasts a full, rich tonality with generous low end and
the 44’s signature proximity effect. The active electronics
within the R44ACE result in 12dB more output than the
original R44CE, so it’s highly useful when recording quiet
sources and is optimized for use with any preamp.
The R44ACE is handcrafted in Pasadena, CA, U.S.A.
52 Pieces Worldwide
Active Circuity from our Flagship A440
Matte Black Finish
Custom, Black SKB Flight Case
Hand-numbered and signed
by Wes Dooley