Cloud Microphones’ Cloud 44 Ribbon passive microphone has the spirit of a Type 44

The brand new microphone is a development on the company’s popular 44-A design.

Cloud Microphones has unveiled the latest addition to its range, the Cloud 44 Ribbon Mic.

A passive take on the company’s 44-A model – which is based on the RCA Type 44 – the Cloud 44 promises to maintain the sound and spirit of the original.

In Cloud Microphones’ words it “faithfully channelling the sought-after personality and heritage from the past while incorporating all the robustness and clarity required for today’s most demanding recording tasks.”

The 44’s ribbon motor design is handcrafted to the same specifications first prescribed in the 1930s by RCA. Cloud Microphones has made sure to bring the 44 design into the 21st century, however, employing modern manufacturing processes as well as what the company promises to be state-of-the-art materials. It also ships in a new, all-black “midnight” finish.

The microphone also ships with its own Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator, in a matching black finish, presenting the option to convert the 44 to an active ribbon whenever desired.

“I’m a ribbon mic fanatic, so this represents a major labor of love for me,” says company founder Rodger Cloud. “You wouldn’t believe the number of times we’ve been asked to offer a passive version of our flagship 44-A over the past few years, so we couldn’t be more excited to introduce this latest addition to our family”.

You can watch the company’s announcement video below:

Cloud Microphones has risen to prominence since its inception in 2009 by continuing in the tradition of Harry F. Olson’s original RCA ribbon mic designs; namely through the flagship JRS-34. As well as its top-class range of microphones, the company has also made a name for itself with its Cloudlifter phantom-powered Mic Activators’, breaking out internal mic circuitry and providing an additional +25 dB of ultra-clean gain and mic sensitivity.

The Cloud 44 is available now for $1,499. Find out more at cloudmicrophones.com