AEA

Wes Dooley's longtime passion for audio has infused his company, Audio Engineering Associates (AEA), with a well balanced blend of creativity and technical expertise for forty years. At the core of AEA is a genuine interest in the art and science of audio.

From areas as diverse as forensic audio and microphone design, Wes' passion for audio has led him all over the world, from recording experiences in Europe, Africa, and New Zealand, to the courtrooms of Los Angeles as a forensic audio and video expert witness. Such experiences have led Wes to design products which help resolve problems commonly encountered by recording engineers.

His portable recording tools including, multi-channel microphone arrays, MS stereo processors, stereo phase displays and very tall microphone stands, have all made on-site recording far more feasible.

Despite his contributions to on-location recording, Wes is best known for his pursuit of excellence in ribbon microphone technology. After two decades of representing and servicing the BBC 4038 in the United States, he began to experiment with his own ribbon microphones. During the last decade Wes became aware of the increasing scarcity of R44's and other ribbon microphones. In 1998, responding to this need, Wes re-introduced the 44 much to the thrill of many in the recording industry. Les Paul told Wes that AEA's R44 is his favorite microphone and engineer/producers such as Bruce Swedien, Kevin Bacon, and Shawn Murphy routinely use AEA's R44.

Even without such critical acclaim the numbers speak for themselves. Over half of the movies scored in Los Angeles have a 44 somewhere on the scoring stage. Building off of his successful reintroduction of the R44, in 2002 Wes designed and began producing an original ribbon mic, the AEA R84. His groundbreaking work with ribbon microphones helped him to secure the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Silver Medal Award in the fall of 2003. This award, established by the AES in 1971, in honor of audio pioneers Alexander Graham Bell, Emile Berliner, and Thomas A. Edison, is given in recognition of outstanding development or achievement in the field of audio engineering.

Wes has also co-authored two AES Journal articles about stereo microphone techniques, chaired workshops on mic techniques and mixing strategies for compatible multiple releases for cinema, broadcast and home video, and has presented section meetings on stereo techniques and forensic audio. He is involved with AES standards work and currently serves on the SC-03-12 Working Group on Forensic Audio and SC-04-04 Working Group on Microphone Measurement and Characterization.



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A440

A440

Finally, a high performance phantom-powered "Big Ribbon" AEA is proud to announce the high performance phantom-powered A440. Inspired by...
$7,999.00

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AEA KU-4 Ribbon microphone

AEA KU-4 Ribbon microphone

AEA KU4 Unidirectional Studio Ribbon Microphone How is the KU4 different? The KU4 is unmistakeably a ribbon microphone, with a characteristically...
$6,799.00

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R44C

R44C

The AEA R44C has the authentic sound, feel and look of the 1936-38 RCA-44. A museum quality replica hand made by AEA using 1.8 micron ribbon material...
$5,950.00

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R44CE

R44CE

The best elements of American and English RCA 44 production. Combines the 1930s US sound with British engineering from RCA Ltd. that reduces the...
$3,750.00

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R88 MK II

R88 MK II

The R88 has been optimized for stereo instrument and ensemble recording. The R88's two ribbon motors are oriented at 90 degrees, and have excellent...
$2,850.00

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RPQ

RPQ

The RPQ with Curve Shaping and P48 power puts all the controls for ribbon mics at your fingertips: 80 dB of clean quiet JFET gain, P48 phantom power...
$2,550.00

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A840

A840

 
$2,499.00

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RPQ2

RPQ2

New Enhanced Version..The RPQ2 with Curve Shaping and P48 power puts all the controls for ribbon mics at your fingertips: 80 dB of clean quiet JFET...
$2,399.00

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R84

R84

The AEA R84 is an affordable Large Ribbon Geometry (LRG) microphone suitable for use by the most demanding audio professional or hobbyist. If you are...
$1,699.00

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AEA N-8 phantom powered ribbon mic

AEA N-8 phantom powered ribbon mic

The N-8 is the latest addition to the "NUVO" range. After the success of the N-22 project studio mic, AEA have set about making the most...
$1,649.00

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New Products For November - New Brands

A440
A440
$7,999.00
A840
A840
$2,499.00

R44C
R44C
$5,950.00
R44CE
R44CE
$3,750.00
R84
R84
$1,699.00

R88 MK II
R88 MK II
$2,850.00
R92
R92
$1,190.00
RPQ
RPQ
$2,550.00

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