Inspired by AEA’s forty years of experience with ribbon mics, particularly 44s, the AEA A440 has the greatest useable dynamic range of any ribbon microphone manufactured today. The A440 is also the quietest ribbon microphone in existence.
At the low frequency end the A440 delivers bass with effortless authority. It has a flat frequency response and holds an accurate figure-eight polar pattern down to 20 Hz. The A440 has a smooth and articulate midrange, and at the high end, transients are quick and detailed without hard edges.
Musicians and engineers say that what they hear during playback, is exactly what they heard in the studio. It is one of the best sounding mics ever made for recording acoustic music.
All AEA mics are hand built in Pasadena, California. However, the A440, is built to order as an AEA Service Shop Special. The physical appearance is like the R44C, but with a standard finish of umber gray.