Ribbon Microphone with Offset Ribbon Technology, Figure-8 Polar Pattern, & Flat Frequency Response - Satin Nickel Finish
We credit David Royer and his R121 for starting the ribbon mic revival back in '97.
Now, no mic collection can be without one of Royer's amazing ribbons... Thanks David!
The R121 is the world's first radically redesigned ribbon microphone and Royer's flagship product. Like most ribbons, the R-121's pattern is figure 8, its sensitivity is roughly equal to a good dynamic mic, and it exhibits a warm, realistic tone and flat frequency response (see R-121 Frequency Response). But when it became time to design, we threw out the molds and took a fresh approach to ribbons using advanced materials and cutting edge construction techniques. Today the R-121 completely redefines ribbon microphones, leading Recording Magazine to say "the Royer R121 is destined to become one of the classic microphones of the 21st century". It's a sleek, light, extremely versatile microphone that is easy to use, wonderfully musical, and sturdy enough for us to give it a lifetime warrantee!
Thanks to the 121, electric guitar sounds all over the world have
gotten better than ever. There are pro session players who travel with
the mic in their guitar case. The R121 is also amazing on acoustic,
kick-drum, room-micing, strings, and is especially renowned for horns.
Royer R-121 Ribbon Microphone Features :
- High SPL Capabilities
- No internal active electronics to overload or produce distortion up to maximum SPL rating
- Extremely low residual noise
- Ribbon element is not affected by heat or humidity
- Absence of high frequency phase distortion
- Equal sensitivity from front or back of element
- Consistent frequency response regardless of distance
Recommended Applications :
- Electric Guitar
- Overhead Drum miking
- Percussion Instruments
- Brass Instruments - Horn Sections
- Woodwind Instruments
- Acoustic Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Harp, etc.
- Choirs and Orchestras
- String Sections
- Commercial Broadcast
- Voice Over
- Protective wood case.
- Microphone sock
Warranty: Lifetime to original owner (repair or replace at Royer's option)
Recording With The R-121 :
Tonally, the Royer R-121 microphone hears things the way your ears hear them. Most microphones add their own characteristics to your recordings; some have a hyped high and low end response with scooped out mids, some are super sizzly in the highs, some accent midrange and give very little upper and lower end frequency response, some respond to nothing but low end. They all serve a purpose and have their place in recording and live work. But if you've ever heard something brilliant - an unbelievable electric guitar, an inspiring trumpet, a sweet flute, an amazing kit - and found that getting that sound to tape or hard drive was impossible, you owe it to yourself to try a Royer ribbon. The R-121's response is flat and well balanced; low end is deep and full without being boomy, mids are well defined and realistic, and the high end response is sweet and natural sounding, never edgy or sibilant. On playback you'll find the sound is natural and alive, with a panoramic, ambient feel much like what you heard when you were standing in the room with the instruments(s) you were recording.
Need to record at insane levels? No problem! The R-121's maximum SPL rating is 135dB at 20 Hz and it can handle that for years. In practical terms, that means you can put your R-121 directly in front of a souped up 100-watt Marshall and open it up without microphone distortion or damage to the ribbon. Royer doesn't recommend trying this with other ribbon mics, but the R-121 was built to take it.
Two Mics In One :
At distances of three feet and closer, the back of the Royer R-121 records slightly brighter than the front side. This can be extremely useful when recording acoustic guitars, vocals, and other sound sources that you may need a slightly brighter response on.
Royer R-121 Ribbon Microphone Specifications :
- Acoustic Operating Principle: Electrodynamic pressure gradient
- Polar Pattern: Figure-8
- Generating Element: 2.5-micron aluminum ribbon
- Magnets: Rare Earth Neodymium
- Frequency Response: 30 -15,000 Hz +/- 3dB
- Sensitivity: > -53 dBv Re. 1v/pa
- Output Impedance: 300 Ohms @ 1K (nominal), 200 Ohms optional.
- Rated Load Impedance: >1500 Ohms @ 300 Ohms, >1000 Ohms @ 200 Ohms.
- Maximum SPL: >135dB
- Output Connector: Male XLR 3 pin (Pin 2 Hot).
- Dimensions: 58mm L, 25mm W (6.13" L, 1" W).
- Weight: 244g (8.6 oz )
- Finish: Dull Satin Nickel/Matte Black Chrome optional.
Warranty: Lifetime to original owner (repair or replace at Royer's option).