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Royer Labs R-122 MKI – No Longer Available

Phantom-powered active ribbon microphone
MFR# R-122MKI

Product Description

The Royer R-122 is a compact, monaural, phantom powered ribbon microphone - the first ribbon microphone of its kind. Sonically similar to our R-121, the R-122 exhibits a flat frequency response and a well balanced, panoramic soundfield, 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, its ability to withstand high SPL’s makes it ideal for applications that were previ- ously considered off limits to ribbon microphones.

The R-122’s active electronics produce an output comparable to studio condenser microphones and provide an optimum impedance to the ribbon element, preventing overdamping of the ribbon element and assuring consistent microphone performance. The high gain and low output impedance of the R-122 allow it to operate with any micro- phone preamplifier with phantom power, including those of nominal gain and input impedance characteristics. It is also well suited for use with long cable runs, which can be helpful in live situations.

The R-122 utilizes a low mass, 2.5-micron, pure (99.99%) aluminum ribbon element. The R-122's unique, patented offset-ribbon transducer assembly incorpo- rates rare earth Neodymium magnets in a specially designed flux frame, which forms a powerful 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 excel- lent regardless of the angle of sound striking the ribbon, and off-axis coloration is negligible.

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 (logo) side and the option of a slightly brighter response when recording lower SPL sound sources on the back side (3 feet and closer; phase reversed in this position).

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
  • 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 ribbon element
  • Very low magnetic leakage
  • Gold plated XLR contacts
Recommended Applications
  • Close and distant miking
  • Electric and acoustic guitar
  • Vocals, commercial broadcast, voiceover
  • Brass, horn sections
  • Drum overheads, kick drum (see manual for position), room miking
  • Percussion instruments
  • Strings - solo & sections
  • Acoustic piano, harp
  • Live events - recording and sound reinforcement

Product Specifications

Condition New
Package Contents Includes case, mic sock
Length 8.12 in
Diameter 1 in
Unit Weight 0.68 lb
Tube or Solid State Solid State
Transducer Type Ribbon
Polar Pattern Bi-Directional / Figure-Eight
Number of Microphones Single Microphone
Phantom Required Yes
Impedance 200 Ohms
Frequency Range 30 Hz - 15 kHz
Sensitivity -37 dBV/Pa (14.1 mV)
Max. SPL 135 dB

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