Royer R-121 LIVE Ribbon Microphone  

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With the Royer R-121L ribbon microphone from the Live Series, you get twice the durability in the ribbon element, allowing you to use it anywhere you'd like on stage with complete confidence.
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With the Royer R-121L ribbon microphone from the Live Series, you get twice the durability in the ribbon element, allowing you to use it anywhere you'd like on stage with complete confidence.

After extensive testing, Royer found a new ribbon thickness for the R-121 microphone that allowed a 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.

Royer Live Series microphones are identified with a red Royer logo (studio models have green or black logos). Live Series mics can be converted to Studio mics with a simple re-ribbon and logo replacement. There is no cost difference between standard Studio mics and Live Series mics

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 Royer handles the problem.

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!"

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 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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- R-121's on electric guitars

  • Made for live applications
  • High SPL capabilities for electric guitar and percussion
  • Thicker Ribbon design
  • No internal active electronics to overload or produce distortion up
  • to maximum SPL rating
  • Extremely low residual noise
  • Ribbon element unaffected by heat or humidity
  • Absence of high frequency peaks, "ringing" and phase shifts
  • Equal sensitivity from front or back of element
  • Gold plated XLR contacts
  • Customer Reviews

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Great Mic!

By James Mossak

from Minneapolis, MN

Comments about Royer R-121 LIVE Ribbon Microphone:

The R121 is a great mic. I have used it with good success on guitar cabs, flutes, saxophone and even vocals. The front and the back sides have slightly different timbres, so it you can't get the sound you're looking for, try turning it around! Generally I have found the backside to be a little fuller sounding and the front a little brighter. Great mic from Royer!!

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The best Guitar Amp mic

By guitoffee

from Santa Monica, CA

Comments about Royer R-121 LIVE Ribbon Microphone:

This mic simply delivers the best sound for tracking any guitar amps period. It's not hard to find a good sound when placing the mic in front of the cabinet of an amp. If you care about how your guitar is recorded, this is a mic to seriously take into consideration!

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