RPQ500 Mic Preamp Review / Recording Mag
"It’s easy to pass by a mic pre like this if you don't own or do much with ribbon mics, but the RPQ 500 is so much more than a one-trick or one-mic pony. It holds its own comfortably with all the members of the "straight wire with gain" family and has some nice tricks up its sleeve that set it apart as well. Of course if you are a ribbon connoisseur and/or a 500-Series rack owner, then you really need to demo one of these preamps as soon as you can... it will change your expectations about what you can do with even the lowest-output mics."
RPQ500 Mic Preamp Review / Resolution
"This module impresses in its ability to wring some astonishing performances out of microphones. Don't think of it as just a 'ribbon-pre' though, it works very well on capacitor microphones too, and on more lowly dynamic microphones."
KU4 Ribbon Mic Review / Resolution
"Where the KU4 really comes into its own is in those situations where spill is an issue. I was forutnate to be able to trial the KU4 in an as-live session incorporating drums, bass, guitar and a small brass section. While acoustic screens provided a degree of control, a fig-8 ribbon for the brass would never have been an optimal solution - however much I like the sound. The KU4 here really delivered the goods. A combination of relative source level, the hypercardioid pick-up, the microphone's SPL handling and overall sound all seemed to click into place. I've employed EV RE-2 in similar situations in the past but they just can't match the KU4 for wonderful mid-range smoothness that flatters even the harshest sounding players."
A840 Ribbon Mic Review / Sound on Sound
"American manufacturers AEA have been working with high-performance ribbon microphones for over 30 years, and one of their more popular models is the 'large ribbon geometry' R84, which I reviewed back in the February 2004 edition of Sound On Sound (/sos/feb04/articles/aear84.htm). Like most ribbons, the R84 has a low-ish output level of 2mV/Pa, which can prove challenging for a lot of preamps, but AEA have addressed this in the A840 model — basically an R84 with a built-in, phantom-powered JFET gain stage. Consequently, the output level is a more easily accommodated 6.3mV/Pa, which is a good 10dB louder than the R84."
KU4 Ribbon Mic Review / Mix
"It's hard not to rave about this mic. Yes, It's expensive, but the feeling you get when you hear the KU4 in fron fo anything is the resaon audio engineers get out of bed in the morning...The KU4 has an intimate quality that I've not heard out of any other ribbon. Using the mic is a joy. For me, the only negative experience I had with KU4 was boxing it up to send back to Wes."