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Golden Age Project R1 Mk II Tube Active Ribbon Microphone - Open Box

Original price $449.00
Current price $339.99


The R-1 TUBE ACTIVE is like a missing link of true old-school vintage recording in that it combines three vintage elements:

  1. A classic ribbon transducer.
  2. Two transformers. 
  3. A tube buffer amplifier. 

You might think that a ribbon, transformers and a tube amplifying stage will make the signal too smooth? It´s true that the sound of the R-1 TUBE ACTIVE is truly warm and fat, but the combination of the tube stage and the transformers will generate overtones that makes the signal come alive. 

If you are into mics, if instant no-need-to-mix good-sounding recording is your thing, if you are looking for a unique - yet versatile - mic, this is it! 


  • The unmatched natural and musical sound of a classical ribbon microphone combined with the consistent sound quality offered by the addition of active electronics.
  • A low-noise 12AX7 tube amplifier that isolates the ribbon and gain make-up transformer from the outside world.
  • A stunning realism with the feeling of “being-there”.
  • The typical large and mellow ribbon sound quality with a very smooth top end and an extended low end.
  • A fast and life-like transient reproduction.
  • An ultra-high SPL capability, 165 dB SPL (1% THD @ 1000Hz) and a very high sensitivity for a ribbon micro- phone, similar to many condenser microphones.
  • A Figure-8 directional pattern for wide sweet spots both in the front and in the back of the microphone. Zero spots towards the sides.
  • A 50 mm long ribbon made of 2 microns thick aluminum foil.
  • An internal shock mount for the ribbon and magnet assembly.
  • A removable microphone cable and a nice aluminum flight case.
  • Manufactured of the best materials for a great performance and long-term reliability.
  • The R-1 Tube Active can be used with any standard mixer or preamp, preferably with a balanced input.

PLEASE NOTE - Different items and manufacturers may have specific system requirements to use the product. BUYER is responsible for checking individual item specifications for compatibility with their system. We suggest you reference the manufacturers’ website(s) for this purpose. If you have questions, please reach out to us prior to purchasing.