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How to Record Acoustic Guitars with the Royer R-121

The Royer R-121 ribbon mic has a reputation as one of the most natural-sounding ribbon mics available, known for capturing "the sound in the room" of most acoustic sources with minimal coloration. That said, due to... Read more »

How to Mic a Kick Drum by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU1a_fZvzs0 Mark Hornsby and Nick D'Virgilio offer some tried-and-true techniques for capturing great kick drum tone. For this video Mark has chosen a combination of a Royer R-121... Read more »

How To Mic Drums for Recording, Part 1 — Two Microphones

In This How-To series we are going to get into how to record drums. It doesn't matter if you are using just two microphones or using 10 or more, there are many easy techniques you can use to get a good drum sound... Read more »

Royer Ribbon Rebates

Back in the early days of recording, ribbon mics were the mainstay of studio and live miking. Then, for several decades, condenser and dynamic mics moved to the fore. But over the past 10 years or so, the ribbon... Read more »

Thicker Cello

Q: I'm tracking an excellent piano/cello duo playing classical music in a nice sounding hall. I'm getting most of my sound using a stereo pair of condensers placed in front, off the stage, combined with a spot mic... Read more »

Free Mics!

How many microphones are enough? The answer is easy: you can never have enough microphones! But Sweetwater's Monthly Gear Giveaway for September will provide you with a stellar collection that will certainly give... Read more »

Unusual Mic Placements

Super-engineer Ross Hogarth was just here doing an excellent recording session with legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff, vocalist/guitarist Lukas Rossi (from CBS's Rockstar SuperNova), and bassist German Briseno. (You... Read more »

Rare Royer Rebate!

It's a given, you need ribbon mics for your studio or live rig! And until September 30, 2009, if you purchase one of the following microphones, you'll receive cash back: R-122V — $200 R-122 Live — $125... Read more »

Royer R-121 Ribbon Microphone Overview – Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J_ma_2eBHM More info: John Jennings from Royer Labs gives you the background behind the Royer R-121 ribbon microphone, among our most popular microphones, with exceptionally natural... Read more »

Coincident Mics on Guitar Amps

The first mic most engineers reach for when recording or running a guitar amp through a sound system is often a Shure SM57. The mic is commonly positioned directly on axis to the speaker/grille, as close as... Read more »

Royer R-121 Review

Ten years ago, most people, myself included, knew two things about ribbon microphones. First, they provide wonderfully detailed sound. Second, they're too fragile to be a viable option for my studio. Enter David... Read more »

Royer R-121 Review

I was taught that ribbon mics were for brass... "Nothing better on a square wave." Then came the 80s and 90s, and condensers became king. Brighter, edgier, raw... these were the hip adjectives. Warm? Fat?... Read more »

A Vacuum Tube Ribbon Mic? Royer Says “Yes!”

They said it could never be done, so naturally, someone did it. Royer Labs has introduced the latest addition to its R-Series microphone line, the R-122V, which is the first commercially available vacuum tube ribbon... Read more »