Royer R-121 Studio

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THE Famous Ribbon Mic!

You've got ears. You know when something sounds good, you know when it doesn't. And when you're hearing something that sounds awesome right now, from right where you're standing, and you love it EXACTLY how it is... there's one tool you want to have in your tool kit. Yep, you guessed it — the Royer R-121. It's a ribbon microphone. And ribbons in general have that magical ability to "hear" things. But the R-121 is arguably the king of all ribbon microphones. True story: we've heard some of the best orchestral recordings done with JUST ONE R-121. Sounds crazy, but totally true. All you have to do is find the room's sweet spot, stick up an R-121, and your job's done.


Of course, you can use the magic of the ribbon microphone and its figure-8 pickup to pick up particular sources, one by one. People love the R-121 on guitar cabinets. Hand percussion? Also a winner. Acoustic guitars, vocals... whatever you put in front of it, you can expect a totally natural, "alive," sound. The response is well balanced — deep low end (not boomy!), clear and well-defined mids, and that sweet and natural high end you want. Arghhh, we're starting to get gushy. But this really is an amazing microphone, and worth every single penny.

Oh and by the way. Forget what you've heard about ribbon microphones being delicate, at least when it comes to the R-121. This Royer microphone is built to handle the work you've got to do. It's got an SPL rating above 135dB. If you had to, you can stick it in front of a cranked Marshall stack, blast away, and know you're not getting any recorded distortion or doing any damage to your R-121. Lots of ribbon mics can't hang like that, but the Royer R-121? Definitely can.

Royer R-121 Ribbon Microphone Features at a Glance:
  • Dynamic ribbon microphone
  • Figure-8 pickup pattern
  • High SPL Capabilities
  • No internal active electronics to overload or produce distortion up to maximum SPL rating
  • Extremely low residual noise
  • Ribbon element is not affected by heat or humidity
  • Absence of high frequency phase distortion
  • Equal sensitivity from front or back of element
  • Consistent frequency response regardless of distance
  • Field replaceable ribbon transducer
  • Comes in a wooden box
Royer R-121 Studio Specs:
Microphone Type Ribbon
Ribbon Type 2.5-micron Aluminum
Mono/Stereo Stereo or leave blank
Polar Pattern Figure-8
Frequency Response 30Hz-15kHz
Max SPL 135dB
Output Impedance 300 ohms
Connector XLR
Weight 0.54 lbs.

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