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Special Anniversary Edition!

The Sweetwater-exclusive Royer R-121 Anniversary dynamic ribbon microphone celebrates 15 years of awesome sound. Our sales engineers and customers enthusiastically agree that you can use the R-121 on everything from guitar amps and percussion to woodwind and acoustic instruments all with fantastic results. Vocals? You bet. The R-121 is a wonderful studio must-have, whether you're looking to add its distinctive velvety flavor to your mic locker or for just need one microphone that can do it all. Put a modern classic in your studio: the Royer R-121 Anniversary.

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 R-121 15th Anniversary Dynamic Ribbon Microphone at a Glance:

  • Ribbon-velocity studio microphone

  • Recording with the Royer R-121
  • Need to record at insane levels?
  • 2 mics in one
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, and extremely versatile microphone that is easy to use, wonderfully musical, and extremely sturdy.

Recording with the Royer R-121

A 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, etc. and found 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. The 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-watt 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 15th Anniversary Dynamic Ribbon Microphone Features:

  • High SPL capabilities

  • No internal active electronics to overload or produce distortion up to maximum SPL rating
  • Extremely low residual noise
  • Ribbon element is not affected by heat or humidity
  • Absence of high frequency phase distortion
  • Equal sensitivity from front or back of element
  • Consistent frequency response regardless of distance
  • Field replaceable ribbon transducer
Put a modern classic in your studio: the Royer R-121 Anniversary Dynamic Ribbon Mic!

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number R121 15TH Anniversary

Customer Reviews

See also: Ribbon Mics, Royer, Royer Ribbon Microphones