Royer Labs R-121 Ribbon Microphone
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).
- 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
- 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
- Live events – recording and sound reinforcement
|Package Contents||Includes case, mic sock|
|Unit Weight||0.53 lb|
|Tube or Solid State||Solid State|
|Polar Pattern||Bi-Directional / Figure-Eight|
|Number of Microphones||Single Microphone|
|Frequency Range||30 Hz - 15 kHz|
|Sensitivity||-50 dBV/Pa (3.2 mV)|
|Max. SPL||135 dB|
It's a studio standard for a reason. I paired this up with my Neve 1073 OPX and man, what a great sound. Almost don't even need to EQ it. If you don't have one of these in your studio, you're missing out.
I mean, come on. It's a legend for a reason. Best dang electric guitar mic ever. And wonderful everywhere else!
Pure Modern Classic Ribbon.
Sound sweet on Electrics Guitars, Brass sections and Drums.
My go To for Warm Rich sounds
The 121 provides a complexity that's impossible to get to with lower end mics. Take the leap…it’s worth every penny.
Great addition to the mic locker!!
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!
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.
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