Royer R-122 (No Longer Available)

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The R-122 is the world's first phantom powered ribbon microphone, delivering all of the warm, totally natural tone of Royer's R-121 ribbon microphone, but with 15 dB more Gain and Impedance Matching circuitry that allows the ribbon to operate at its full potential regardless of the preamplifier you plug it into!

Royer R-122 Ribbon Microphone at a Glance:
    • Phantom-powered ribbon microphone, more sensitive than any other ribbon
    • Offset ribbon design handles high SPLs
    • Impedance matching circuitry optimizes microphone with any preamp
    • Pure aluminum ribbon with outstanding frequency response
    • Out similar to condenser microphones due to active electronics

Phantom-powered ribbon microphone, more sensitive than any other ribbon
The R-122 is a small, monaural, phantom powered ribbon microphone - the first ribbon microphone of its kind. Sonically similar to Royer's R-121, the R-122 exhibits a flat frequency response and a well balanced panoramic sound field, but it is 13 dB more sensitive, its transient response is faster and its electronics provide an optimum load to the ribbon element at all times. Like the R-121, the R-122's ability to withstand high SPLs makes it ideal for jobs that were previously considered off limits to ribbon microphones.

Out similar to condenser microphones due to active electronics
The R-122 is as sensitive as condenser microphones, allowing you to use practically any microphone preamplifier or board preamplifier (even those of nominal characteristics). Conventional ribbon microphones are, on average, 15 to 20 dB less sensitive than condenser microphones, necessitating the use of premium, high-gain microphone preamplifiers for recording softer sound sources like acoustic instruments, vocals and room ambience. The R-122 contains a fully balanced, discrete head amp systems utilizing ultra-low noise FET's. Go ahead and plug an R-122 into any preamplifier with average gain characteristics - you'll get full Royer performance regardless of how quiet the sound source, and you'll have enough gain to drive any recording medium.

Impedance matching circuitry optimizes microphone with any preamp
The electronics in the R-122 provide a perfect load on the ribbon element at all times, meaning that R-122's are able to deliver 100% of their full sonic potential regardless of the input characteristics of the following mic-pre. Due to the low-impedance out, Active Series microphones can also be used with extremely long cable runs with minimal signal loss.

A good impedance match is critical with ribbon microphones because impedance mis-matching "loads" a ribbon improperly, resulting in loss of low end, diminished body, lowered sensitivity and overall compromised performance. With the R-122, the ribbon element lives in a perfect world; it sees an optimum impedance match at all times regardless of the following toys, so its performance will never be compromised by the effects of improper loading. In addition, the ribbon element can't be damaged by phantom power, electrical glitches or mis-wired cables.

Pure aluminum ribbon with outstanding frequency response
The R-122 utilizes a low mass, 2.5-micron, pure (99.99%) aluminum ribbon element. The R-122's one-of-a-kind, patented offset-ribbon transducer assembly incorporates rare earth Neodymium magnets in a specially designed flux frame, which forms a bulletproof magnetic field while reducing unwanted stray magnetic radiation. The smooth frequency response and phase linearity of the R-122, coupled with its sophisticated active electronics system, enable the R-122 to deliver a consistent natural acoustic performance with stunning realism. Frequency response is excellent regardless of the angle of sound striking the ribbon, and off-axis coloration is negligible.

Offset ribbon design handles high SPLs
The R-122's offset-ribbon design positions the ribbon element toward the front of the microphone body, which allows for high SPL handling on the front side and the option of a a little brighter response when recording lower SPL sound sources on the back side (3 feet and closer; phase reversed in this position).

Gain
The R-122 is as sensitive as condenser microphones, allowing you to use practically any microphone preamplifier or board preamplifier (even those of nominal characteristics). Conventional ribbon microphones are, on average, 15 to 20 dB less sensitive than condenser microphones, necessitating the use of premium, high-gain microphone preamplifiers for recording softer sound sources like acoustic instruments, vocals and room ambience. The R-122 contains a fully balanced, discrete head amp systems utilizing ultra-low noise FET's. Go ahead and plug an R-122 into any preamplifier with average gain characteristics - you'll get full Royer performance regardless of how quiet the sound source, and you'll have enough gain to drive any recording medium.


Royer R-122 Ribbon Microphone Features:
    • Active electronics provide high output capability, optimal impedance to the
    • ribbon element, extremely low self noise and low output impedance
    • Operates on standard 48-volt phantom power
    • High SPL capabilities for electric guitar and percussion instruments
    • Absence of high frequency peaks, "ringing" and phase shifts
    • Ribbon element unaffected by impedance/load, heat or humidity
    • Equal sensitivity from front and back of element
    • Completely low magnetic leakage

See Also: Ribbon Mics , Royer , Royer Ribbon Microphones

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