AEA KU5A Ribbon Microphone
- Supercardioid polar pattern that rejects room tone and instrument bleed
- Detailed, extended top end with ribbon smoothness and warmth
- Supreme durability for close-range, outdoor, and live use
- Active electronics and custom transformer optimized for all preamps
- Front address design with built-in yoke is simple to position
- Integrated high-pass filter switch reduces proximity effect at close-range
- Matte black finish is discreet on camera
- Made in the U.S.A.
Well-Rounded Tonality - If you are fond of ribbon tonality and want to capture the direct sound of your instrument without room reflections and bleed, the KU5A is a perfect choice. Its smooth ribbon midrange softens the sibilance that a condenser often accentuates, and its extended top end mitigates the need to blend it with other microphones for more bite. Sources within 3 inches of the KU5A will benefit from the warm tonality of its proximity effect, and the mic can handle 141+ dB SPL at 1kHz. High volume sources will not damage the KU5A’s interior components, so the mic can be positioned just inches from a guitar or bass amp. However strong bursts of air may damage the ribbon, so exercise caution when positioning it in front of a kick drum. Air bursts produced from vocalists will not damage the KU5A ribbon, as it is the most protected of any mic in the AEA lineup. he KU5A has an integrated electronic high-pass filter that can be engaged with an external pushbutton switch. This filter smoothly rolls off low-end with a 6db/octave shelf at 283 Hz. The switch activates the KU5A’s near-field mode for optimal close-range performance. This high-pass filter was designed specifically for singers who use the KU5A on the road and in the studio, and allows its user to position the mic right up against the source without experiencing overwhelming proximity effect.
ROADWORTHY COMPANION - Touring bands rely on the durability and low-profile of the KU5A for sound reinforcement at live shows. At outdoor festivals and indoor theaters alike, the KU5A is perfectly equipped to bring studio sound to the live stage. Its integrated windscreen protection prevents interference at windy venues and its active electronics allow for flexibility with virtually any mixing board or audio interface.
|Pressure gradient transducer
< 20 Hz to >20 kHz
135 dB SPL (1% third harmonic > 1 kHz)
-43dBv (at 1 kHz, no load)
92 Ω broadband
Recommended Load Impedance
1.0 kΩ or greater
P48 phantom power, 7 mA
|Pin 2 high for positive pressure
at the front of the microphone.
Off Axis Response
Relative Output at 180°
|Angle of Maximum Rejection
|Transducer Element Material
Pure aluminum corrugated ribbon
0.55 in (1.4 cm)
1.175 in (2.9 cm)
Height: 15 in (38.1 cm)
Width: 3.9 in (9.9 cm)
Weight: 2 lb 9.8 oz (1.19 kg)
|4 lb (1.8 kg)