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:

  • 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

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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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Royer R-101 Excellent

I purchased the Royer r-101 for recording my various guitar amps upon the recommendation of a pro audio engineer friend. Should have bought one of these years ago, I would never have started using modeling amps instead of real amps. The R-101 is incredible with my Henriksen Jazz Amp, incredible with my Deluxe Reverb, and yes, incredible with my point to point Marshall 18W. Did I say its an incredible microphone? Finally the recorded sound of my amplifiers live up to there reputation thanks to the Royer R-101 Thank you Royer for giving us working class guys a ribbon mic that we can afford! If you are recording guitar amplifiers and don't have a Royer Ribbon Microphone, you need this microphone!

Amazing Value and Phenominal Quality!

I've had my R-101 for about 6 months now. It is my go-to on electric guitars. While not identical to a 121, it is just as usable. I can be 100% happy using either mic on guitar cabs. Kick drum, meet your new best friend. I've started using this on the outside kick. I must say it is a great complement to a Beta 52 on the inside. Make sure you angle it as to not blow the ribbon. Percussion, yes please. Makes tambourines, shakers, and other percussion smooth as silk without the harshness that is so easily achieved with a condenser. My next goal is on overheads and rooms, but I only have one. My next is soon to come. This mic does it all!
Music background: Producer, Songwriter, Guitarist

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

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.

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.
See also: Ribbon Mics, Royer, Royer Ribbon Microphones