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Designing Ribbon Microphone Preamps with AEA

We recently stopped by the Pasadena, CA headquarters of AEA, makers of classic ribbon microphones and microphone preamps. While there we got a tour from Sammy Rothman, general manager of AEA. In addition to going in-depth on their ribbon microphone line, covering such classics as the R84 and R44, Sammy gave us a full rundown on AEA's microphone preamp line. AEA's mic preamp line includes the dual RPQ2, the RPQ500 (made for the 500-series format) and the TRP2, two-channel ribbon preamp. Check out Musician's Friend's full line of AEA microphones and preamps at Learn more about the history of AEA and their full line-up of microphones and preamps at