I have started using ribbon mics more and more ever since I used a Royer R122 on my guitar cabinet. Ribbons bring a new life and detailed sound to everything I've put them in front of. The R122 is my preferred guitar cabinet mic.
Unsurpassed Clarity on Trumpet
Received my R-122 yesterday and have spent the past two days recording with it, mostly my trumpet and percussion. This is THE mic for trumpet, period. It is so responsive and picks up every little nuance. I was on the fence about getting either this or the R-121 (which is also an excellent mic), but after talking to the kind folks at Royer, the R-122 is more versatile and it's HOT it has such a signal due to the active electronics. Honestly, you can't go wrong with this mic. There's a reason it's one of the most used mics in the business. Thank you, Sweetwater!
I'm in awe...
I just picked up my own R-122 a couple days ago... It paired with a U87 sounds phenomenal on acoustic guitar! Also, the fact that it runs on phantom power is awesome! More signal, and less noise always sounds better to me. It also makes it easier not to fry the ribbon(like I've heard some people have accidently done when they put 48V on a R-121 by accident)
A great, warm Voice-Over mic too!
I can now toss my aural exciters! This mic makes any VO project easier as it adds a rich,full and present sound to my work. Just a little added EQ in the 10-15 k range and a tad rolloff on the low end makes it a wonderful mic for voice-over work.
One of my new favorites!!
This mic sounds amazing in front of any instrument. Great natural sound. Amazing mids. I tend to favor this mic with acoustic instruments such as violin, accordion, accoustic guitar; as well as electric guitar, bass etc. Also sounds amazing as a drum overhead (all you need is one R122 and a kick drum mic!). Another great thing is the back side sounds a little brighter, so you get two mics in one!