Royer Labs R-10

Hand-built microphone with an R-121 ribbon element and custom designed transformer
MFR# R-10
Royer Labs R-10
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The Royer Labs R-10 is a passive ribbon microphone that can handle pressure levels up to 160 dB. With it’s flat frequency response, well balanced sound field as well as it’s compact size and mounting configuration, the R-10 is a great fit in any studio or live application.

Plosives aren't a problem with the R-10, Royer Labs has developed a multi-layered wind screen that provides superior protection from air blasts. The wind screen also helps reduce proximity effect which helps close miking guitar cabinets and acoustic instruments without the muddy build-up in the low end. The open grill configuration minimizes standing waves and associated comb-filtering effects.

The ribbon transducer has a newly designed internal shock mount which isolates the ribbon from shocks and vibrations. This new feature adds a rugged quality to the microphone and greatly increases the ribbons durability.

The R-10 is a perfect match for electric guitars, brass instruments, acoustic instruments, drums, and room miking. It’s figure-8 response captures a smooth representation of the direct source as well as natural ambience of the room.

With the ability to handle such high SPL, you can have the R-10 right over a drum set or next to a screaming electric guitar cabinet and not have to worry about any extra distortion or damaging the ribbon.

The R-10 has a patented offset-ribbon design which positions the ribbon towards the front of the transducer allowing higher SPL levels to be achieved on the front side of the microphone. The rear side of the microphone offers a brighter frequency response on lower SPL sound sources.


  • High SPL capability for electric guitar, brass and other close miking applications
  • Multi-layered wind screen provides superior protection to ribbon element
  • Internally shock-mounted ribbon transducer gives increased durability
  • Passive design and custom transformer minimize high SPL overload
  • Extremely low residual noise
  • Ribbon element not affected by heat or humidity
  • Absence of high-frequency peaks, “ringing” and phase shifts
  • Equal sensitivity from front or back of the element


  • Close miking in the studio and on live stages
  • Electric & acoustic guitars
  • Drum overheads, kick drum (see manual for position),
  • room miking
  • Percussion instruments
  • Brass, horn sections
  • Strings - solo & sections
  • Acoustic piano
  • Vocals

Additional Information

Condition New
Length 149 mm
Diameter 35 mm
Unit Weight 368 g
Transducer Type Ribbon
Polar Pattern Bi-Directional / Figure-Eight
Number of Microphones Single Microphone
Impedance 100 Ohms
Frequency Range 30 Hz- 15 kHz
Sensitivity -54 dBV (2 mV)
Max. SPL 135 dB @ 50 Hz
Analog or Digital Analog

Purchased this from Vintage King whilst on vacation in LA from the UK. Haven't had much opportunity to use it so far but have recorded some acoustic guitar (through my SPL Channel One preamp) and the results are excellent. A very good value mic for the price and great service from both VK and Royer Labs.

By ONLINE8719 on December 30, 2018

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