Royer R-101

Passive Studio Ribbon Microphone with High SPL Handling
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Your Go-to Studio Ribbon Mic!

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."

Here's a ribbon mic that's built to take on practically any sound source in the room! Royer's amazing R-101 works well on everything from drums to acoustic guitars to loud amplifiers. You'll love the smooth "you are there" sound you get from the R-101. You'll also appreciate the peace of mind you get knowing that this ribbon mic is robust enough to handle all these sources, thanks to its high SPL handling (in excess of 135dB). A built-in multilayer windscreen helps protect the mic's ribbon element from plosives and wind damage. Put the remarkably affordable R-101 on an amp cab, a trumpet, a drum kit, or a piano, and you'll be a believer!

Royer R-101 Passive Ribbon Microphone Features at a Glance:
  • High SPL capabilities for electric guitar and percussion
  • Multilayered windscreen provides superior protection to ribbon element
  • No internal electronics to overload or produce distortion up to maximum SPL rating
  • Extremely low residual noise
  • Ribbon element not affected by heat or humidity
  • Absence of high-frequency peaks, ringing, and phase shifts
  • Equal sensitivity from front or back of element
  • Acoustic operating principle: Electrodynamic pressure gradient
  • Polar pattern: Figure-8
  • Generating element: 2.5-micron aluminum ribbon
  • Magnets: Rare-earth neodymium
  • Frequency response: 30-15,000Hz (+/- 3dB)
  • Sensitivity: -48dB (re. 1v/pa)
  • Output impedance: 300 ohms at 1kHz (nominal)
  • Rated load impedance: 1,500 ohms (or greater)
  • SPL handling: Greater than 135dB at 30Hz
  • Output connector: Male XLR 3-pin (pin 2 hot)
  • Finish: Matte black
  • Included accessories: Shockmount, carrying case, mic sock
  • Optional accessories: Pop screen
  • Microphone warranty: Lifetime to original owner (repair or replace at Royer's option)
  • Ribbon element warranty: One year
Royer's R-101 lets you put a premium ribbon mic on all of your studio sources!

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Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Ribbon
Ribbon Type 2.5-micron Aluminum
Polar Pattern Figure-8
Frequency Response 30Hz-15kHz
Max SPL 135dB
Output Impedance 300 ohms
Connector XLR
Weight 1.06 lbs.
Included Accessories Shock Mount, Carry Case
Manufacturer Part Number R-101

Customer Reviews

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Like the title says, if you are on a budget, and want a REAL ribbon mic, go no further than the Royer R101. I'm using it on my boom stand with an SM 57 and an e609 to mic my amp and my acoustic guitar. Even my 5 thousand dollar tube mic's vocals match up pretty well with the R101. You may need a CloudLifter (i suggest dual channel) that will raise the gain up 20 dB which can be really helpful. Just to let you know, I am using Avedis MA5 mic pre's. So about 71.5 dB of gain in one of those pre's add another 20 dB you got yourself a fine setup. But I find it is best with instruments i.e. guitars, amps, cabs, brass, strings, etc. have fun!!
Music background: who knows

An INCREDIBLE mic for the money!

I purchased my first Royer (an R-122) right here from Sweetwater a couple of years ago, and just recently picked up a used R-101 from a fellow musician. I am totally blown away by this mic! I'm a trumpet player and was looking for a mic to have out at all times in the studio. I think this mic fits the bill perfectly. Its output isn't as high as the R-122 (obviously, since it's a passive mic and the 122 has active electronics). You'll need a good pre with plenty of gain if you're doing other than miking really close to the bell of a brass instrument. Anyway, a great mic which produces a beautifully clear sound. Kudos to Royer for designing a mic that won't break your budget!
Music background: Professional musician / hobbyist recording

Great Mic Period It's a must have!

This is my first Ribbon...I kinda jumped in the deeper end of the pool and I'm glad i did. Sounds fantastic on amps!!! It's really what I bought it for (have not tried it on anything else...Yet). I don't know how it stacks up against other ribbons but it sounds like what I always though a great guitar amp recording chain should sound like. Really improved how the guitar tracks sit in the mix. It's a must have for recording guitar amps.
Music background: Pro Hobbyist

Amazing Mic!!

The Royer R-101 is an incredible value. Amazingly well built and it comes with a great shock-mount and hard case. So far I've only used it on electric guitar, but I can tell you that I've gotten the best tone, that I've ever had a chance to capture in 15+ years of studio work. I've always heard that Royers sound like you're in the room with the sound source, but what really surprised me is how much this mic captures the air around your tone. There's a sense of depth and punch to this mic that is absolutely stellar!!
Music background: Pro Musician / Producer

Great Mic Period It's a must have!

Really shines on electric guitars!!! Have not tried it on anything else, because i bought it just for recording amps... everything just sets in the mix right...used with a Cloud lifter and the Mico pre amp.
Music background: PRO HOBBYIST

Sweetwater Advice

Charlie Davis

My band used the Royer R-101 for a session this weekend on guitar amps and it worked excellent. For my trebly Vox tone, the R-101 helped tame the top end, while accentuating the midrange and lows perfectly. For the price, every studio should have at least one.

Brad Every

Royer ribbons have been my go-to mics for guitar amps and drum overheads for years because I love their warm, natural sound.  The new Royer R-101 embodies a lot of those same characteristics at a great entry level price.

Chris Nunley

When I first strummed my guitar through this microphone in my home studio, I was amazed by just how real the results sounded! It sounded just how my guitar sounds in my room.
See also: Ribbon Mics, Royer, Royer Ribbon Microphones