Royer R-101 Matched Pair

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

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 matched pair that's built to take on practically any sound source in the room - in true stereo! Royer's amazing R-101 Matched Pair 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 pair 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 each mic's ribbon element from plosives and wind damage. Put the R-101 Matched Pair on an amp cab, a trumpet, a drum kit, or a piano, and you'll be a believer!

Royer R-101 Matched Pair Passive Ribbon Microphone Pair Features:

  • High SPL capabilities for electric guitar and percussion
  • Multilayered windscreen provides superior protection for the 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

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Ribbon
Mono/Stereo Stereo Pair
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-MP

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If You Can Afford it, Get Two!

The world of ribbons scared me a little bit before I entered it--stories of deadly phantom power, damaging wind blasts, etc. However, I purchased a matched pair of R-101s and have never looked back. Guitar cabs, acoustic guitar, cello, violin, mandolin, percussion, piano, drum overheads, drum room, and more (I'm sure) all sound fantastic through these mics. One single R-101 is great, but if you can afford a matched pair, don't hesitate to make the purchase. Keep in mind these mics perform best when going through a ribbon preamp. I currently use The Ribbon Pre by AEA with the R-101s, and I couldn't be happier with the sounds I'm getting.
Music background: Producer, Engineer, Composer
See also: Ribbon Mics, Royer, Royer Ribbon Microphones