Royer labs R 121

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The R-121 is our flagship microphone and the worlds first radically redesigned ribbon microphone. We did away with the large, heavy, fragile, “classic” approach to ribbon microphones and went in a completely new direction. 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".

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, harp, 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)
Weight 8.6 oz (244g)
Euroguitar Reference : 8320
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