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Royer Labs R-121 Ribbon Microphone

Dynamic ribbon microphone with figure-8 polar pattern - comes in beautiful wooden box
MFR# R-121

Product Description

The Royer Labs R-121 is a thoroughly modern ribbon microphone designed for today's studio and live environments, exhibiting a flat frequency response and well balanced, panoramic sound field. Its ability to withstand 135 dB SPL @ 30 Hz makes it ideal for applications that were previously considered off limits to ribbon microphones.

The R-121 was developed through relatively recent advancements in magnetics, materials and mechanical construction techniques. The ribbon element's smooth frequency response and phase linearity, coupled with sensitivity levels surpassing those of "classic" ribbons, make this microphone an ideal choice for digital recording. The R121 delivers a consistent, natural acoustical performance with stunning realism. Widely used on electric guitars, brass instruments and drums, the R-121's figure-8 pattern also conveys superb ambiance and depth when used for room miking applications, orchestral and choral recordings.

The heart of the R 121 is its low mass, 2.5-micron, pure (99.99%) aluminum ribbon element. The R-121’s unique, patented offset-ribbon transducer assembly incorporates rare earth Neodymium magnets in a specially designed flux-frame, which forms a powerful magnetic field while reducing unwanted stray magnetic radiation.

The R-121’s offset-ribbon design positions the ribbon element towards the front of the microphone body, which allows for higher SPL handling on the front (logo) side and the option of a brighter response when recording lower SPL sound sources on the back side (3 feet and closer; phase reversed in this position).

Features
  • High SPL capabilities for electric guitar and percussion
  • No internal active electronics to overload or produce distortion up to maximum SPL rating
  • Extremely low residual noise
  • Ribbon element unaffected by heat or humidity
  • Absence of high frequency peaks, "ringing" and phase shifts
  • Equal sensitivity from front or back of element
  • Gold plated XLR contacts
Recommended Applications
  • Close miking
  • Electric & acoustic guitar
  • Drum overheads, kick drum (see manual for position), room miking
  • Percussion instruments
  • Brass, horn sections
  • Strings - solo & sections
  • Acoustic piano
  • Vocals
  • Live events – recording and sound reinforcement

Product Specifications

Condition New
Package Contents Includes case, mic sock
Length 6.13 in
Diameter 1 in
Unit Weight 0.53 lb
Tube or Solid State Solid State
Transducer Type Ribbon
Polar Pattern Bi-Directional / Figure-Eight
Number of Microphones Single Microphone
Phantom Required No
Impedance 300 Ohms
Frequency Range 30 Hz - 15 kHz
Sensitivity -50 dBV/Pa (3.2 mV)
Max. SPL 135 dB

Product Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars.
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Pure Modern Classic Ribbon.
Sound sweet on Electrics Guitars, Brass sections and Drums.
My go To for Warm Rich sounds

By Yehonatan S on October 2, 2019

The 121 provides a complexity that's impossible to get to with lower end mics. Take the leap…it’s worth every penny.

By Scotty A on February 20, 2019

Great addition to the mic locker!!

By Albert M on January 22, 2019

I can't even begin to say how amazing this mic is. Everything has true weight... even when mixing entirely in the box! I use it on just about any source. It saves me soooo much time on EQ'ing and other correcting plug-ins. Best money I spent on any gear. I'm blown away!

By Rich A on December 26, 2018

This really changed my guitars completely. I use this with a 57 and I finally got the sound I've been hearing but couldn't get.

By David R on May 2, 2017

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