Studio Mics - 

The R-121

Details for the 

R-121

General Description

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The Royer R-121 is the premier microphone for recording guitar amps in the world.

Paired with a Shure SM-57, in a single mic clip, a perfect blend of pristine ribbon mic tones and street raw tones of the iconic SM-57 can be recorded.

The R-121 is generally processed using the Avalon VT-737sp top-of-the-line tube channel strip and the SM-57 with the Empirical Labs Mike-e channel strip to create a tonal blend or a quasi-stereo DAW track.

Comments

The R-121 is Royer’s flagship microphone, which utilizes the groundbreaking R-series ribbon transducer. Combining neodymium magnets and a patented direct-corrugation, off-set ribbon design, the transducer is the heart of all R-series microphones that followed.

This microphone is very different from older ribbon mics which were typically large, heavy and fragile. The R-121 has a slim, sleek and durable design, which can handle high SPLs that would shred an older style ribbon microphone. The introduction of the R-121 brought ribbon microphones back into mainstream recording and found its way into almost every professional recording facility around the globe.

The 2.5 micron offset ribbon delivers fidelity, durability and a slightly brighter response from the rear of the microphone when used within three feet of any sound source, providing more tonal choices.

Mic Type

Polar Pattern

Impedance

Max SPL

Dynamic

Figure-8

300 ohms

135 dB

Studio Role

Kelley Tube Amp & Taylor Acoustic

Diaphragm Size

2.5-micron aluminum ribbon

Sensitivity

Maker

Purchased from

-47 dBv/Re. (1v/pa)

Royer

Reverb.com

Freq Response

30Hz-15kHz

Mic Cost

Replacement Cost

$

1200

$

1200

Phantom Powered?

No

Shock Mounted?

No

Output Transformer?

Yes

Low Pass
Filter?

High Pass
Filter?

No

No

Low Pass
Frequency

High Pass
 
Frequency

[Low Freq]