R88 mk2 Stereo Mic Review / Recording Mag
"When I was reviewing the ribbon-centric RPQ 500 microphone preamp from AEA (Audio Engineering Associates) for our August 2012 issue, the folks at AEA were also kind enough to send me one of their R84 ribbon microphones with which to test it."
RPQ500 Mic Preamp & R88 mk2 Stereo Mic Review / Tape Op
"The RPQ500 has magic inside. I had tried the R88 Mk2 with tons of other preamps while I was waiting for my own RPQ500 modules to arrive. The mic sounded great, but a whole new thing seems to happen when it feeds an RPQ500 pair! Take your favorite Shure SM57 or Sennheiser MD 409 on a twin, and plug it into the RPQ; you'll see what I mean. The mics open up, CurveShaper adds air without harshness, and the detail is amazing. No surprise - Wes and company have managed to define the 500-series ribbon mic preamp that also brings out the best of any mic."
R88 mk2 Stereo Mic Review / Tape Op
"If you have a pulse and have been making records during the last few decades, then you are aware that Wes Dooley and Audio Engineering Associates have been making the finest ribbon mics available. I bought two R84 mics [Tape Op #38] when I opened my joint, based on reputation alone, despite my modest equipment budget. Years later, a friend contacted me to tell me that Wes was looking for a studio to do a ribbon mic workshop. I jumped at the chance."
R88 Stereo Mic Review / Sound on Sound
"This new monster mic incorporates two separate ribbon diaphragms, allowing you to use either Blumlein or MS stereo recording configurations. [...]
"This is a very impressive microphone and one which is without equal as far as I know. It will appeal to the purist classical-music engineer without doubt, but it also has a much wider role in the studio. Long live the ribbon revolution!"
R88 Stereo Mic Review / Mix
"There's no other ribbon that duplicates what the R88 ($1,895) does for bass, drums, percussion, brass and mallet instruments. It imparts warmth, has an appealing way of dealing with transients and, most importantly, has a knack for making things sound incredibly "real." At this price, it's a no-brainer."