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Royer R-122 LIVE Active Ribbon Microphone
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      Royer R-122 LIVE Active Ribbon Microphone (581144)
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Bring Royer's legendary smoothness, warmth and power to your live performances.

Royer microphones are built to be tough and can handle the challenges of life on the road, but they are studio mics that require some TLC to keep from damaging the ribbon elements. With the Royer R-122 ribbon microphone from the Live Series, you get twice the durability in the ribbon element, allowing you to place it anywhere on stage you'd like with complete confidence. Tame high-end harshness and bring Royer's legendary smoothness, warmth and power to your live performances.

How
After extensive testing, Royer found new ribbon thickness for the R-122 Live microphone that allowed us to significantly increase durability with minimal reduction in gain and transients response. The sonic difference is negligible, and the increased durability lets anyone use Royer ribbons in a live environment.

A Figure-8 Microphone on Stage?

Surprisingly, figure-8 ribbon microphones are an excellent solution for bleed. Bleed can be a real problem with many onstage mics - not just the amount of bleed but the quality of the bleed. Here's how Royers handle the problem.

Rejection
Royer ribbon mics are figure-8, picking up sound from the front and rear of the microphone, and rejecting sounds approaching from a) the left and right sides of the mic, b) the top of the mic, and c) the bottom of the mic. These are extremely effective dead zones that engineers use to isolate instruments by positioning the mics in such a way that the dead zones face, and cancel, offending sound sources.

Case in point (as told by Royer): "Aerosmith used R-121's in the studio to record the electric guitars on their 2002 CD Just Push Play, but didn't consider them for live use. While rehearsing for their follow-up tour, the bleed in the electric guitar mics was driving the FOH engineer crazy. It was suggested they try using their R-121's and, after we assured them we'd replace the ribbons if they were damaged onstage, the band set up R-121's on Joe Perry and Brad Whitford's guitars. The mics eliminated the bleed problem so effectively (and sounded so good) that Royer R-121's have been Aerosmith's live (and studio) electric guitar mics from that day forward. In over five years of extensive use, they've only stretched one ribbon. An engineer on the crew told us that their Royers had a better reliability record than any of their other touring microphones!"

Note: The polar response of the R-122 is the same as the R-121


Off-Axis Coloration:

There's a lot of sound on a live stage and you can't entirely control for off-axis information getting into microphones, even ribbons. Most microphones color off-axis information in highly unflattering ways, which is why bleed can sound so nasty. Ribbons don't color off-axis information, so any bleed that manages to get into your onstage Royer Live mics will sound natural, not harsh or colored.

About Royer Live Series mics:
Royer Live Series mics (R-121L, R-122L, SF-24L) were introduced in 2008, making ribbon mics available to FOH engineers for the first time. As a group they won the 2008 TEC Award for Microphone Technology/Sound Reinforcement, and they're showing up in performance venues around the world.

Royer Live Series mics use thicker ribbon elements - carefully chosen for increased durability and minimal sonic variation from their studio brethren. The thicker ribbons have a slightly slower transient response, resulting in softer highs.

Live Series mics are identified by their red logos (studio models have green logos). Live models can be converted to a Studio model any time - Royer simply re-ribbons the mic to studio spec and replaces the red logo with a green logo.

Like any high-end microphone, Royer Live Series mics need to be handled carefully during setup and tear-down. Proper handling and storage in a dedicated microphone container will assure years of reliable service.

Royer Live Series on the road with

:

Keith Urban
- SF-24L drum overhead
- R-122L's on Keith's guitar cabinets

Phish
- SF-24L on drum overheads
- R-122L's on guitar cabinets

The Rolling Stones
- SF-24 on drum overhead for recording

Green Day
- R-121's on guitar cabinets

Arturo Sandoval
- R-122L for solo trumpet (all other stage mics by Shure)

Jeff Beck
- R-121's on guitar cabinets

Matchbox Twenty
- R-121L's on guitar cabinets

Maroon Five
- R-121L's on guitar cabinets

Aerosmith
- R-121L's on guitar cabinets

Wayne Shorter
- R-122L's on drum overheads and in front of kick
- R-122L on sax

George Thorogood
- R-121 on electric guitar

Barry Manilow
- R-122's on brass

Fleetwood Mac
- R-121's on guitar cabinets

Al Dimiola
- R-121L's on guitar cabinets

Brian Setzer
- R-121L on guitar cabinet
- SF-24L on drum overhead

Train
- R-121L's on guitar cabinets

Harry Connick Jr.
- 122's on brass section

Arturo Sandoval
- R-122 on solo trumpet

The Goo Goo Dolls
- R-121L's on electric guitars

Thursday
- R-121's on electric guitars



Royer R-122 LIVE Active Ribbon Microphone Features:

  • Phantom powered circuitry provides high output and impedance matching
    High SPL Capabilities
    No 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
    Rear side of mic records slightly brighter when three feet or closer to sound source
    Protective wood case
    Microphone sock
    One year ribbon element warranty




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  • Its Royer. Need I Say More?

    As reviewed by John Ericson on 5/19/2010

    This product does not need a lengthy description and review honestly. Its quite possibly the best microphone out there, especially the best Royer I've ever worked with as far as reliability. There are some more "high-end" Royer microphones out there but the only thing high end about them is their price. This beast does everything they can do and is quite simply easier to use. I found the illusive sweet spot on my drum kit with this mic in less then 3 minutes! and it covers everything very well. So. yes. this mic is one of the best out there in my opinion. If you have the money, I say shed it for this beast cause you won't regret it!

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