Royer R-122 MKII Ribbon Microphones (Matched Pair)

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The Royer R-122 MKII Ribbon Microphones are the world's first stereo pair of phantom powered, active ribbon microphone. The R-122 MKII takes a classic, first-of-it's-kind  active ribbon microphone to a new and better place of functionality and performance - if that were even possible! This matched pair is ideal for your stereo recordings.

The Royer R-122 MKII is a compact, monaural, phantom powered ribbon microphone with a switchable -15 dB pad and a low cut filter. Soni- cally similar to our groundbreaking R-121, the R-122 MKII exhibits a flat frequency response and a well-balanced, panoramic soundfield, but it’s 13 dB more sensitive and has a faster transient response, giving a sense of more open highs. Like the R-121, it is capable of handling high SPL applications.

The Royer R-122 MKII’s -15 dB pad is positioned before any other electron- ics, giving the microphone 15 dB more headroom for high SPL work. The low cut filter is configured to reduce proximity effect for close miking and vocal applications and effectively filters rumble. The R-122 MKII’s active electronics produce an output comparable to studio condenser microphones and provide an optimum impedance to the ribbon element, preventing overdamping of the ribbon and assuring consistent micro- phone performance. The high gain and low output impedance of the R-122 allow it to operate with any microphone preamplifier with phantom power, and also allows for use with long cable runs.

The Royer R-122 MKII utilizes a low mass, 2.5-micron, pure (99.99%) aluminum ribbon element in a patented offset-ribbon transducer assembly. The smooth frequency response and phase linearity of the R-122 MKII, coupled with its sophisticated active electronics system, enable it to deliver a consistent natural acoustic perfor- mance with extraordinary realism. Frequency response is excellent regardless of the angle of sound striking the ribbon, and off-axis coloration is negligible. The R-122’s patented offset-ribbon design positions the ribbon element toward the front of the microphone body, which allows for high SPL handling on the front (logo) side and the option of a slightly brighter response when recording lower SPL sound sources on the back side (3 feet and closer; phase reversed in this position).

Royer R-122 MKII Ribbon Microphone Features

  • Active electronics provide high output capability, optimal impedance to the ribbon element, extremely low self-noise and low output impedance
  • -15 dB pad and low cut filter provide greater flexibility and increased headroom
  • High SPL capabilities for electric guitar and percussion instruments
  • Absence of high frequency peaks, "ringing" and phase shifts
  • Ribbon element unaffected by impedance/load, heat or humidity
  • Operates on standard 48-volt phantom power
  • Gold plated XLR contacts

Royer R-122 MKII Ribbon Microphone Applications

  • Close and distant miking
  • Electric and acoustic guitar
  • Vocals, commercial broadcast, voiceover
  • Brass, horn sections
  • Drum overheads, kick drum (see manual for position), room miking
  • Percussion instruments
  • Strings - solo & sections
  • Acoustic piano, harp
  • Live events - recording and sound reinforcement

Royer R-122 MKII Ribbon Microphone Specifications

  • Acoustic Operating Principle: Electrodynamic pressure gradient with active electronics.
  • Polar Pattern: Figure-8
  • Generating Element: 2.5-micron aluminum ribbon
  • Magnets: Rare Earth Neodymium
  • Frequency Response: 30 - 15,000 Hz ±3 dB
  • Sensitivity: -34 dB (re. 1v/pa ±1 dB)
  • Switchable Pad: -15 dB
  • Switchable Bass Cut: 100 Hz (6 dB per octave)
  • Self-Noise: < 18 dB
  • Output Impedance: 200 Ohms, balanced
  • Output Connector: Male XLR 3-pin (Pin 2 Hot)
  • Rated Load Impedance: 1K-Ohm minimum
  • Maximum SPL: 135 dB @ 30 Hz
  • Power Requirements: 48-Volt Phantom Only
  • Supply Current: 4 mA
  • Dimensions: 206mm L X 25mm W (8 1/8" L X 1" W)
  • Weight: 309 grams (10.9 oz)
  • Finish: Burnished Satin Nickel
  • Microphone Warranty: Lifetime to original owner (repair or replace at Royer's option)
  • Ribbon Element Warranty: One Year

Royer R-122 MKII Ribbon Microphones Includes

  • 2x Royer R-122 MKII Ribbon Microphone
  • 2x Protective Wood Case
  • 2x Microphone Sock
  • 2x Microphone Clip
  • Royer Brochure
  • Quick start guide
  • 4x Cable Ties
  • Royer Sticker
  • Manufacturer Warranty

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What We Think


The Royer R-122 MKII is an exceptional microphone that we absolutely love using. It has proven to be incredibly versatile in the studio, working well with drums, cymbals, electric guitar cabinets, acoustic guitars, bowed stringed instruments, and even bass guitar cabinets. Like other ribbon mics, the R-122 MKII can also be reversed to capture a slightly boosted high frequency response. While the sound from the front is not dull, this option allows for a little extra top-end in the recording. Overall, the Royer R-122 MKII is an obvious choice when it comes to microphone selection. A matched stereo pair will undoubtedly become a reliable workhorse in your studio for years to come. The fact that renowned engineers consistently choose Royer microphones speaks volumes about their quality. It's time for you to experience firsthand what these mics can do for your recordings. Trust us; you'll understand immediately why they are so highly regarded.

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