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The R-101 is a mono, passive ribbon microphone utilizing a patented offset-ribbon transducer and a 2.5-micron ribbon element. The R-101 is hand-built in Royer's Burbank, CA facility and delivered at a... Read More

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The R-101 is a mono, passive ribbon microphone utilizing a patented offset-ribbon transducer and a 2.5-micron ribbon element. The R-101 is hand-built in Royer's Burbank, CA facility and delivered at a price point suitable for home studio use and live applications.

The R-101 is a new breed of modern ribbon microphone, designed for studio work and demanding live applications (particularly live electric guitar and brass). It incorporates many features pioneered by Royer Labs, including an advanced multi-layered wind screen for superior protection from air blasts and plosives, a patented offset-ribbon transducer, and an internally shock mounted ribbon transducer system which provides greater isolation from shocks and vibrations, and reduced proximity effect for closer miking with less bass buildup. Throw it on a guitar cabinet, hit record, play it back, smile.

The ribbon element's smooth frequency response and phase linearity impart a warm, analog feel to digital recordings, where the depth and realism on playback feels more like tape rolling than digits being computed. A perfect choice for electric guitars, brass instruments and drums, the R-101's figure-8 pattern also conveys superb ambience and depth when used for room miking applications.

Patented Offset Ribbon Technology
The R-101 incorporates Royer's patented offset-ribbon technology and a low mass, 2.5-micron aluminum (99.9% pure) ribbon element. The ribbon transducer's flux-frame and rare earth Neodymium magnets create a powerful magnetic field which increases sensitivity while reducing stray magnetic radiation.

The R-101's offset-ribbon transducer (Patent # 6,434,252) positions the ribbon element towards the front (logo) side of the microphone body. This proprietary arrangement gives the ribbon element more room to move within the prime magnetic field and maintain full frequency response during high SPL recordings. It's an integral part of the magic in all Royer R-series microphones.

The offset-ribbon transducer also gives you the option of a brighter response when recording lower SPL sound sources on the backside (3 feet and closer; phase reversed in this position). The backside of the mic is often preferred on vocals, acoustic guitars and other stringed instruments.

Like all Royer mics, the R-101 comes with a lifetime warranty to the original owner and the first re-ribbon is free.

  • High SPL capabilities for electric guitar and percussion
  • Multi-layered windscreen provides superior protection to ribbon element
  • No internal electronics to overload or produce distortion up to
  • maximum SPL rating
  • Extremely low residual noise
  • Ribbon element not affected by heat or humidity
  • Absence of high-frequency peaks, "ringing" and phase shifts
  • Equal sensitivity from front or back of element
  • Lifetime warranty, 1st re-ribbon is free
  • Applications:Close mikingElectric & acoustic guitarsDrum overheads, kick drum Percussion instrumentsBrass, horn sectionsStrings-solo & sectionsAcoustic pianoVocalsLive events-recording and sound reinforcement
  • Acoustic Operating Principle: electro-dynamic pressure gradient
    Polar Pattern: Figure-8
    Generating Element: 2.5 micron aluminum ribbon
    Frequency Range: 30HZ - 15,000HZ ±3dB
    Sensitivity: -48 dBv Ref 1 v/pa
    Output Impedance: 300" (nominal) balanced
    Rated Load Impedance: 1500" or greater
    Maximum SPL: > 135dB
    Output Connector: male XLR 3-pin (Pin 2 Hot)
    Dimensions: 7.9" L X 1.4" W (200mm L X 36mm W)
    Weight: 483g (17 oz)
    Finish: matte black
    Accessories: shock mount, carrying case, mic sock
    Optional Accessories: Pop screen
    Microphone Warranty: lifetime to original owner (repair or replace
    at Royer's option)
    Ribbon Element Warranty: One Year

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Great mic


from Texas

Comments about Royer R-101 Ribbon Mic:

I've had the Royer for a couple of weeks. I've been playing guitar for about five years now. I'm one of those guys that has better stuff than his playing justifies. I still suck, but I'm starting to suck in more interesting ways. I do have a background interestingly in signal processing. Since I began to record my guitar (PRS Studio into Mesa Boogie Mark V and Fender Princeton), I have been disappointed in the sound I've been able to achieve. It always sounded thin compared to what I heard live. The first step in getting a better sound was to move up to an Apogee Quartet. Big help there. Then I discovered compression, EQ, and reverberation filtering. Lots of magic in those tools and I was getting close. But there was still something missing. The Royer seems to have delivered it. I'm still not certain where it is exactly. Looking at spectral plots against my Sennheiser e906, it seems that the Royer delivers more low end. The best results so far have come from putting both the Royer and the Sennheiser right up 2 or 3 inches from the amp (I play at moderate sound levels) and blending the two sounds. For the first time I've been getting a sound I would characterize as "luscious". I listen over and over and cannot believe I made that sound. Recording a guitar and getting the sound you want is not a trivial exercise. As near as I can tell nosing around the web, a Royer ribbon microphone is one of the tools that comes up frequently when the people we listen to on the radio create music. From my little experience so far, I can see why.

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