Royer R-121 Live

Dynamic Ribbon Microphone for Live Stage Use
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Royer R-121 Live image 1
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Royer R-121 Live
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A Royer Ribbon for the Stage

Royer's R-121 is a favorite studio mic here at Sweetwater, with many of our Sales Engineers owning and using these microphones due to their flexibility and versatility. The R-121 Live is a R-121 with a thicker ribbon manufactured specifically for use on the live stage. You can use the R-121 Live on everything from guitar amps and percussion to woodwind and acoustic instruments and rest assured that your ribbon will survive its time on stage. The R-121 is a studio must-have, and the R-121 Live is certain to be a FOH favorite as well.

Royer R-121 Live at a Glance:
  • Ribbon-Velocity Live Microphone
  • Rejection
  • Off-Axis Coloration

Ribbon-Velocity Live Microphone
The Royer R-121 Live is a live-sound specific version of the radically redesigned ribbon microphone and Royer's flagship product, the R-121. Like most ribbons, the Royer R-121 Live'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 Live again redefines ribbon microphones, bringing the Royer sound that's quickly becoming legendary to live stages everywhere.

Royer ribbon mics are figure-8, picking up sound from the front and rear of the microphone, and rejecting sounds approaching from a) the left and right sides of the mic, b) the top of the mic, and c) the bottom of the mic. These are extremely effective dead zones that engineers use to isolate instruments by positioning the mics in such a way that the dead zones face, and cancel, offending sound sources.

Off-Axis Coloration
There's a lot of sound on a live stage and you can't entirely control for off-axis information getting into microphones, even ribbons. Most microphones color off-axis information in highly unflattering ways, which is why bleed can sound so nasty. Ribbons don't color off-axis information, so any bleed that manages to get into your onstage Royers will sound natural, not harsh or colored.

Royer R-121 Live Features:
  • Designed for Live use
  • Thicker Ribbon for durability
  • 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
  • Dull Nickel finish
  • Comes in wooden box
Royer R-121 Live brings ribbon sound to the live stage!

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A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Ribbon
Ribbon Type 4-micron Aluminum
Polar Pattern Figure-8
Frequency Response 30Hz-15kHz
Max SPL 135dB
Output Impedance 300 ohms
Connector XLR
Weight 0.54 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number R-121L

Customer Reviews

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Superb Tone Quality

I have had mine about a month and a half and this is a superb sounding mike. I run two main rigs, an electric (Les Paul or a Laguna) thru a Boss GT 100, on overdrive I add a TS 808 HW for scream (I am a Jekyll and Hyde player, clean and all out scream), run that thru a Marshall JVM combo and then mike w/the Royer 121 live into a powered mixer and out to the mains and a power sub. My main acoustic is an Alvarez, Yairi with pre amp run to the GT 100, then into an Acoustic AG 60 amp, mike w/the 121 live into the mixer. Royer claims that the 121 "hears like your ears", well, I can only wish that my ears heard that well because the 121 hears frequencies coming from the amp that I cannot hear. These are the cleanest sounding mikes I know of and when used with good equipment, brings out low end sound that is not heard in the room standing in front of the amps. I am using a close mike set up, right on the grill cloth and angled. I did have to search for the sweet spots, but once found, both my rigs sound incredible, rich deep, deep, tone and cleaner, not nearly as harsh as a standard instrument mike. The low end is so deep, it could make bass players obsolete! It is hard to believe that you can get that much tone out of one guitar. If you think it is too much money, it's not, not when you get quality like this. As always, I got great service from Sweetwater. The only reason it gets 5 stars is because the web page would not allow 12!!!
Music background: Guitarist

Sweetwater Advice

Joseph Secu

Who would have thought that a ribbon mic would be durable enough to withstand a concert tour? If you own a Royer, you'll never have to wonder. It's true! Now more than ever with this new series from Royer, you can dramtically improve the sound quality of the instruments you're trying to pick up on stage with this very roadworthy versatile microphone. Put the R-121 Live on a guitar cab and you'll be blown away by the detail.

Matt Emick

The R121 is truly fantastic. It sounds great. It can take the sound pressure level of a super loud rock concert. Frankly, nothing beats the natural sound of a couple of Royer ribbons on a guitar cabinet. Take the studio-ready sound with you on the road.
See also: Ribbon Mics, Royer, Royer Dynamic Microphones, Royer Ribbon Microphones