Royer R-121 Ribbon Microphone
The R-121 is the world's first radically redesigned ribbon microphone and Royer's flagship product. Like most ribbons, the 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. Today the R-121 completely redefines ribbon microphones, the Royer R-121 is destined to become one of the classic microphones of the 21st century. It's a sleek, light, extremely versatile microphone that is easy to use and wonderfully musical.
An R-121 hears things the way your ears hear them. Many microphones are effects in a way; some add top end sizzle (like many condenser mics), some push the mids and roll off everything else, some respond to nothing but low end. They all serve a purpose and have their place in recording and live work. But if you've ever heard that incredible guitar, melodic trumpet, sweet flute, deep kick drum, (pick your sound), and found that 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. An 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 R-121's maximum SPL rating is > 130dB and it can take that all day long. In practical terms, that means you can put your R-121 directly in front of a souped up mega-watts 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 R- 121 can take it, no sweat.
At distances of two feet and closer, the back of the 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.
- Recommended for Close micing, Overhead Drum micing, Percussion Instruments, Brass Instruments - Horn Sections, Woodwind Instruments, Acoustic Piano, Harp, Choirs and Orchestras, Guitars (acoustic & amplified), Vocals, Commercial Broadcast, Voice Overs
- High SPL Capabilities - 130dB
- 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
- Acoustic Operating Principle: Electrodynamic pressure gradient
- Polar Pattern: Figure-8
- Generating Element: 2 micron aluminum ribbon
- Frequency Response: 30 -15,000 Hz ± 3dB
- Sensitivity: -58 dBv Re. 1v/pa ± 1dB
- Output Impedance: 200 Ohms @ 1K (nominal)
- Rated Load Impedance: >1000 Ohm
- Maximum SPL: 130dB
- Output Connector: Male XLR 3 pin (Pin 2 Hot)
- Weight: 8.6 oz
- Dimensions: 6.13" L X 1" W
- Finish: Burnished Satin Nickel
- Included Accessories: Protective, lined wooden case
- Optional Accessories: Windscreen, Shock mount