Royer Labs R-121 Limited Edition Platinum Ribbon Microphone
Royer R-121 Platinum-Plated Limited Edition Ribbon Microphone
Royer Labs R-121 Limited Edition Platinum Ribbon Microphone Details
The Royer R-121 Platinum-Plated Limited Edition Ribbon Microphone is a special edition of the R-121 to celebrate Royer's Grammy Award from the Recording Academy. When the Recording Academy awarded the 2013 Technical Grammy to Royer Labs, they stated that Royer "?"¦single-handedly brought ribbon microphones into mainstream recording."¯ Nice to be acknowledged like that by the Academy! The R-121 Platinum Edition microphone commemorates Royer's Grammy Award and the resurgence of the ribbon microphone in modern recording.
This unique R-121 is plated in pure platinum to mirror the finish on the Technical Grammy, and each microphone ships with a certificate of authenticity personally signed by David Royer. Only 200 of these microphones are being produced. Because they will be seen by many clients as collectors pieces, a pair of white cotton handling gloves are packed with each microphone.
The award-winning R-121 is Royer's flagship microphone; the world's first radically reengineered ribbon microphone and the model that reintroduced ribbon mics to engineers around the world. We did away with the large, heavy, fragile "classic" approach to ribbon microphones and went in a completely new direction. The R-121 gives all of the warmth and natural sound that experienced engineers have long turned to ribbon mics for, but in a compact, light-weight, high output and tough-as-nails package that was unheard of in a ribbon mic before the R-121. In its 10+ years in the market, thousands of R-121's have been sold around the world and it's well established as a standard for tracking electric guitar and brass.
The R-121 redefined ribbon microphones so completely that Recording Magazine wrote "...the Royer R-121 is destined to become one of the classic microphones of the 21st century."
Like many of the best classic ribbon mics, the R-121 has a figure-8 pattern, output level comparable to a dynamic mic, and a warm, realistic tone and flat frequency response. But that's where the similarities end. By using advanced materials and a blend of cutting edge and old-school, hand-build construction techniques, the R-121 is an extremely versatile and user-friendly ribbon mic that can stand up to the most demanding tasks. Cranked up electric guitars, close up brass, drums - you name it, the R-121 will help you record it with realism you have to hear to believe.
Royer builds the R-121 solid enough to give it a lifetime warranty. We expect you to own it for as long as you record, and we'll stand behind it the whole way.
Royer Labs R-121 Limited Edition Platinum Ribbon MicrophoneFeatures
- 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
- Signed Certificate of Authenticity
- Only 200 made
- White cotton handling gloves included
Royer Labs R-121 Limited Edition Platinum Ribbon Microphone Applications
- Electric Guitar Amps
- Brass Instruments
- Horn Sections
- Drum Rooms
- Kick Drum
- Percussion Instruments
- Acoustic Piano
- Acoustic Guitar
- String Instruments & Sections
- Choirs & Orchestras
- Commercial Broadcast
Royer Labs R-121 Limited Edition Platinum Ribbon Microphone Specifications
- 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: -50 dBv Re. 1v/pa
- Output Impedance: 300 Ohms @ 1K (nominal)
- Rated Load Impedance: >1500 Ohms @ 300 Ohms
- Maximum SPL: >135dB @ 20 Hz
- Output Connector: Male XLR 3 pin (Pin 2 Hot)
- Dimensions: 58mm L, 25mm W (6.13" L, 1" W) Weight: 244g (8.6 oz)
Royer Labs R-121 Limited Edition Platinum Ribbon Microphone Downloads
What We Think
"The Royer Labs R-121: I really don't believe that there has been a microphone since the SM57 that has become such a necessary microphone to own for recording both guitars and drums - but ESPECIALLY guitars. There is something about the R-121 where it wants to get right in there and be right up on the grill of the speaker. It's not afraid for that's where it performs best.
"Commonly used in a trio-cluster of microphones for 'high-definition' electric guitar recording (Ross Hogarth's technique), the R-121 will get the middle of the amp sound with tons of definition and punch to go along with the body while an SM57 captures the sizzle of the top and an MD421 grabs the bottom. Frankly, it's a beautiful sounding microphone just on it's own and I'll frequently use it just by itself. Guitars sound immediate without being unintentionally abrasive. Kick drums (YES! You read that correctly) really have to come across and the mid-range is a frequently overlooked consideration. But that's where the soul of the drum lives. So, you have to give it some attention - and the R-121 placed in front of a kick drum brings up the character that is natural (there is that word again...) and allows the kick drum to sound like a kick drum - not just some type of an archetype of a kick drum. But it's important to place it about 12 to 18-inches off the front head of the drum and at a 45-degree down-angle so that the blast of pressure off of the drum head doesn't hit the ribbon flat [Bad! You'll stretch and blow the ribbon with direct blasts of moving air], but rather, the pressure should travel down and disperse across the length of the ribbon.
"Since it's a passive ribbon microphone, you'll do well to experiment to match the R-121 up to a preamp that has lots of clean gain and a nominal input impedance of 1500 Ohms at a minimum (higher values are ideal) - so a ribbon specific preamp like the AEA TRP or RPQ would not be bad preamps to try out. However, people use Royers with all kinds of preamps; but for best results, it is recommended that the the preamp be of TRULY professional grade. Vintech, Chandler Limited, A Designs, Great River, Rupert Neve Designs are all great matches. Or if you want to get a little more clarity out of the top-end and do more distance recording, check out the Royer R-122: the active counterpart to the R-121 that features a phantom powered on-board impedance matching preamplifier (a pre-preamp) that boosts the level up to where those classic preamps don't become fussy (or hissy/noisy).
"The Royer R-121 is a classic microphone for the ages and if you haven't used one, then you must. It's really that simple. You won't go back."
Alan Moon - Front End Audio
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