Royer R-121 StudioItem ID: R121
Dynamic Ribbon Microphone with Figure-8 Polar Pattern, Comes in Beautiful Wooden Box - Nickel
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Capture a Pure, Natural Sound!NEWS: Royer Labs has been given a GRAMMY award for their outstanding ribbon mics! In the words of the Academy, these mics "were revolutionary and moved the art of recording forward."
Royer ribbon microphones are simply wonderful! Here at Sweetwater, many of our Sales Engineers own and use these microphones due to their flexibility and versatility. The R-121 is a Sweetwater best-seller and hundreds of our customers agree that you can use it on everything from guitar amps and percussion to woodwind and acoustic instruments. Vocals? You bet. The R-121 is a wonderful studio must-have whether you're looking for just one microphone to do it all, or another flavor to add to your locker.
Royer R-121 Dynamic Ribbon Microphone at a Glance:
Ribbon-Velocity Studio Microphone
The Royer R-121 is a radically redesigned ribbon microphone and Royer's flagship product. Like most ribbons, the Royer 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. But when it came to design time, Royer threw out the molds and took a fresh approach to ribbons using advanced materials and cutting edge construction techniques. The Royer R-121 redefines ribbon microphones, leading Recording Magazine to say "the Royer Royer R-121 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 extremely sturdy.
Recording With The Royer R-121
An Royer R-121 ribbon microphone hears things the way your ears hear them. If you've ever heard that incredible guitar, melodic trumpet, sweet flute, deep kick drum, (pick your sound), and found that getting that sound to tape or hard drive was impossible, you owe it to yourself to try a Royer ribbon. On playback you'll notice that the recorded sound is natural and alive, with a panoramic, ambient feel much like what you heard when you were standing in front of the instruments you recorded.
An Royer R-121's response is flat and well balanced; low end is deep and full without getting boomy, mids are well defined and realistic, and the high end response is sweet and natural sounding, never edgy or sibilant.
Need to record at insane levels?
No problem! The Royer R-121's maximum SPL rating is >135dB and it can take that all day long. In practical terms, that means you can put your Royer R-121 directly in front of a souped up mega-watts Marshall and turn it up to 11 without microphone distortion or doing any damage to the ribbon. We don't recommend trying this with other ribbon mics, but the Royer R-121 can take it, no sweat.
2 Mics In One
At distances of two feet and closer, the back of the Royer R-121 is brighter than the front side. The difference in the sound is somewhat like blending 10% of a condenser mic in with your ribbon mic signal. This can be extremely useful when you record acoustic guitars, vocals, and other sound sources that you may want to hear a little more top end on.
Royer R-121 Dynamic Ribbon Microphone Features:
Capture any sound the way you hear it with a Royer R-121 dynamic ribbon microphone!
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Phillip, Lynwood, IL
Reviewsbased on 11 reviews
Incredible Royer R-121
by John Romita from Crystal Lake, ILHow many of you have spent hours tweaking your guitar tracks to get just the right sound? If you're one of many I'm sure, put the SM-57's away and pick up a Royer R-121 NOW. I've read the reviews for... read more [+] this thing but you just won't believe it until you've tried one yourself! We recorded an Ibanez Vai through a 60 Watt Blackstar with a bunch of effects and Holy Smokes!!! That's what has been missing all along. It sounds like Metallica or Priest sitting in my basement studio! Endless EQ.....forget it. Tweaking compressors? Why? This thing makes your guitars sit perfectly in the mix with little effort. What you put in...comes out. Highly Recommended! close [-]
July 11, 2012
Music Background: Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Home Engineer / Hobbyist
A refreshing change......
by Dave Archer from CincinnatiNice to have a mic that is not hyped and edgy. It represents sources very faithfully with a touch of warmth that is not stodgy or dull. As well as using it for electric guitar (which it excels at), my... read more [+] new favorite application is as the 'Mid' in an M/S configuration for acoustic guitar together with a Blue Kiwi in Figure 8 mode. The solidity of the Royer in the middle balances the highs of the Kiwi on the sides extremely well. I'm delighted with the Royer - a great first ribbon if you don't already one. close [-]
June 18, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist
I hear what I hear
by MEI Studio - NY from Westbury, NYEvery mic has a flavor or tone if you will. Some are bright, some are harsh, some are warm some are just plain dull. Point is, all mic's impart their own sound on a given sound source. One very eas... read more [+]ily recognizable instance of this is when micing a guitar cabinet. The 57 have upper mid-range sound, a 421 has a bright high and can have more lows than the 57 depending on positioning... with this thing... what you hear coming out of the speaker is what you hear on playback. Yes there are certain little things that the ribbon imparts on the sound, (the front of the mic has a different sound than the back at close proximity) but for the most part, especially with guitar recording, THIS IS IT! close [-]
May 31, 2012
Music Background: Engineer, musician, builder of electronic devices.
by Joshua Ray from Minot, ME USAThis mic is the real deal. I couldn't believe my ears especially when using on electric guitar. It's very cool on drums and acoustic instruments as well. Great mic that's worth the investment.
April 24, 2012
Music Background: Songwriter,Studio Owner, Producer, Recording Engineer.
by: Michael Goodrich
Ten years ago, most people, myself included, knew two things about ribbon microphones. First, they provide... read more »
Royer R-121 Studio
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