Today the R-121 completely redefines ribbon microphones,
leading Recording Magazine to say "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,
wonderfully musical, and sturdy enough for us to give it a lifetime
Recording With The R-121
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.
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
Need to record at insane levels? No
problem! The 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
R-121 directly in front of a souped up mega-watts Marshall and turn it
up to 11 (see what Pro Audio Review had to say about this) 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.
2 Mics In One
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.
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
Overhead Drum miking
Brass Instruments - Horn Sections
Acoustic Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Harp, etc.
Choirs and Orchestras
Acoustic Operating Principle: Electrodynamic pressure gradient
Polar Pattern: Figure-8
Generating Element: 2.5-micron aluminum ribbon
Magnets: Rare Earth Neodymium
Frequency Response: 30 -15,000 Hz +/- 3dB
Sensitivity: > -53 dBv Re. 1v/pa
Output Impedance: 300 Ohms @ 1K (nominal), 200 Ohms optional.
Rated Load Impedance: >1500 Ohms @ 300 Ohms,
>1000 Ohms @ 200 Ohms.
Maximum SPL: >135dB
Output Connector: Male XLR 3 pin (Pin 2 Hot).
Dimensions: 58mm L, 25mm W (6.13" L, 1" W).
Weight: 244g (8.6 oz )
Finish: Dull Satin Nickel/Matte Black Chrome optional.