The King of Stage-ready Ribbons!Royer's R-121 is a favorite studio microphone here at GearNuts. The R-121 Live is a R-121 with a thicker ribbon manufactured specifically for use on the live stage. You can use the R-121 Live on everything from guitar amps and percussion to woodwind and acoustic instruments and rest assured that your ribbon will survive its time on stage. The R-121 is a studio must-have, and the R-121 Live is certain to be a FOH favorite as well.
Royer R-121 Live at a Glance:
- Ribbon-Velocity Live Microphone
- Off-Axis Coloration
Ribbon-Velocity Live Microphone
The Royer R-121 Live is a live-sound specific version of the radically redesigned ribbon microphone and Royer's flagship product, the R-121. Like most ribbons, the Royer R-121 Live's pattern is figure 8, its sensitivity is roughly equal to a good dynamic microphone, and it exhibits a warm, realistic tone and flat frequency response. But when it came to design time, Royer threw out the molds and took a fresh approach to ribbons using cutting-edge materials and cutting edge construction techniques. The Royer R-121 Live again redefines ribbon microphones, bringing the Royer sound that's quickly becoming mythical to live stages everywhere.
Royer ribbon microphones are figure-8, picking up sound from the front and rear of the microphone, and rejecting sounds approaching from a) the left and right sides of the microphone, b) the top of the microphone, and c) the bottom of the microphone. These are extremely effective dead zones that engineers use to isolate instruments by positioning the microphones in such a way that the dead zones face, and cancel, offending sound sources.
There's a lot of sound on a live stage and you can't entirely control for off-axis info getting into microphones, even ribbons. Most microphones color off-axis info in highly unflattering ways, which is why bleed can sound so nasty. Ribbons don't color off-axis details, so any bleed that manages to get into your onstage Royers will sound natural, not harsh or colored.
Royer R-121 Live Features:
- Designed for Live use
- Thicker Ribbon for durability
- High SPL Capabilities
- No internal active electronics to overload or produce distortion up to max 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
- Dull Nickel finish
- Comes in wooden box