Royer R-121

Royer R-121

Ribbon Microphone Daily Rate: $50

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The R-121 gives all of the warm, natural tonal response that top engineers have always loved ribbon mics for, but in a compact, light-weight, higher output, tough-as-nails package that was unheard of in a ribbon mic before the R-121.


Like many of the best loved classic ribbon mics, the R-121 has a figure-8 pattern, sensitivity in the dynamic mic range, 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 a far more versatile and user-friendly ribbon mic that can stand up to the most demanding tasks, including live stage use. It's built solid enough for us to give it a lifetime warranty. The R-121 redefined ribbon microphones so thoroughly that Recording Magazine wrote "...the Royer R-121 is destined to become one of the classic microphones of the 21st century".



Patented Offset Ribbon Technology

The R-121's proprietary offset ribbon transducer (Patent Number: 6,434,252) is the first of its kind, positioning the ribbon element closer to the front (logo) side of the microphone. This arrangement gives the ribbon more room to move within the prime magnetic field while maintaining full frequency response during high SPL recordings. It's an integral piece of the magic of all Royer R-series microphones.


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



Recommended Applications

Electric Guitar Amps

Drum Overheads

Percussion Instruments

Brass and Woodwinds

Horn Sections

Acoustic Piano

Acoustic Guitar


Solo Strings

String Sections

Choirs and Orchestras

Commercial Broadcast

Voice Over


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)

Finish: Dull Satin Nickel/Matte Black Chrome optional


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