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  • eyecantgetnomatriçageeyecantgetnomatriçage

    Very good at taking mood

    Royer Labs R-121Published on 04/29/13 at 04:05
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    MIcro tape



    NOTICE GLOBAL

    The R121 responds subtle Manire. The sound restitution is dfini as Oktava between range, but relatively placid. Vary greatly by pramplis. This is not my prfr but I do not know what gives decision proximity.
  • AV InspireAV Inspire

    My precious!!!

    Royer Labs R-121Published on 09/07/12 at 03:38
    Very nice ribbon microphone for many applications

    OVERALL OPINION

    Used it for live on different Guitar amps and compared to the SM57, MD421 and the C414. All microphones are fine for this kind of application but the Royer gives a bigger and opener sound than all others. Definitely my number 1. In studio it is often used for brass sections.
    I also used it for Cello, oboe and clarinet recording and loved it. For the flute it missed some high end but with a little eq that was ok.
    On vocals it works fine if you're looking for a dark sound.
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    Very nice ribbon microphone for many applications

    OVERALL OPINION

    Used it for live on different Guitar amps and compared to the SM57, MD421 and the C414. All microphones are fine for this kind of application but the Royer gives a bigger and opener sound than all others. Definitely my number 1. In studio it is often used for brass sections.
    I also used it for Cello, oboe and clarinet recording and loved it. For the flute it missed some high end but with a little eq that was ok.
    On vocals it works fine if you're looking for a dark sound.
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  • Parker75Parker75

    ESSENTIAL!!

    Royer Labs R-121Published on 07/01/12 at 01:29
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    For technical character, I'll let you find on the site of Royer Labs is more simple and complete.
    Otherwise, it's a ribbon mic. Ideal for recovery amp electric guitar. Good as on other sources without being transcendent.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Pro guitarist (stage and studio) and artistic director, I always tried to recreate as faithfully as possible what was coming out of the amp (mine or that of the musicians I had the chance to record). I tried many different configurations (sm57 and static in the distance, preamp / micro lamp / transistor ...), full of microphones (Neumann, CAD, Shure, Oktavia ...) ... a little short for any rather satisfactorily and / or creative.
    But when I co…
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    For technical character, I'll let you find on the site of Royer Labs is more simple and complete.
    Otherwise, it's a ribbon mic. Ideal for recovery amp electric guitar. Good as on other sources without being transcendent.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Pro guitarist (stage and studio) and artistic director, I always tried to recreate as faithfully as possible what was coming out of the amp (mine or that of the musicians I had the chance to record). I tried many different configurations (sm57 and static in the distance, preamp / micro lamp / transistor ...), full of microphones (Neumann, CAD, Shure, Oktavia ...) ... a little short for any rather satisfactorily and / or creative.
    But when I connected the R121 ... THE CLAQUE!
    I was sharing a microphone THE sound that came out of the amp simply.
    More headlock, he follows me everywhere and if the guitarist is good, the result will be good that's all!
    You will understand, I find it perfect for recording electric guitars (and it's not bad ;-)). However, on vocals or acoustic guitars, other microphones are better in my opinion.

    If you have the budget and the guitar sound is your "brand" or "artistic touch" is a "must-have". For the rest look elsewhere.
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  • boogie-rafboogie-raf

    High of very soft

    Royer Labs R-121Published on 04/20/12 at 22:48
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    Ribbon microphone, bi-directional.

    does not require 48V and do not fear.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Micro atypical in its very soft.
    I use it in OH on batteries, or the sound of the snare is punchy, but a little rubber cymbals.

    On the guitar amplifiers, very fine, but often requires a lump in the upper midrange. what is right, it is again that it does not become too aggressive.

    Construction quality and finishing incredible.


    Raphael
  • djoulepunkdjoulepunk

    I made all my guitars!

    Royer Labs R-121Published on 02/21/12 at 03:58
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    Ribbon Microphone


    I just returned on a point on the advice of "Ericthegreat"
    it is important not to 48V phantom power on the R121!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for home recording for at least two years.
    plugged into a preamp DBX 386. (Ya better but I have one more round)
    I use it primarily for taking HP guitars, Clean or very saturated ...

    before the R121, I used an SM57 (and) or an E609 ... sometimes by adding a static atmosphere ...
    but never be satisfied with the results in the high end ... it was often loud and very tiring to hear from 2.5KHz ... So often I spent many hours looking for mic positions until the day I bought the R121 ... since my other microphones are…
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    Ribbon Microphone


    I just returned on a point on the advice of "Ericthegreat"
    it is important not to 48V phantom power on the R121!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for home recording for at least two years.
    plugged into a preamp DBX 386. (Ya better but I have one more round)
    I use it primarily for taking HP guitars, Clean or very saturated ...

    before the R121, I used an SM57 (and) or an E609 ... sometimes by adding a static atmosphere ...
    but never be satisfied with the results in the high end ... it was often loud and very tiring to hear from 2.5KHz ... So often I spent many hours looking for mic positions until the day I bought the R121 ... since my other microphones are kept in the closet!

    I used the R121 to catch as much HP as proximity to intakes atmospheres (depending on what is played, the result I want and get the place that I have in the mix)!

    to summarize, the R121 is in my opinion, much more natural in the high frequencies than anything I've used so far and that, whatever the distance between the microphone and HP!

    PS: I would have probably bought a 2 nd if it was not as expensive ...
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  • Convulsound.comConvulsound.com

    Ouch that stings the ears here!

    Royer Labs R-121Published on 01/28/12 at 01:44
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    Ribbon mic, 8 directivity, ideal form of lightsaber to fight against the Sith ... I go out

    OVERALL OPINION

    My opinion is a bit premature I think (but not too much in the end) I buy A few days ago and I tested last night when I got home.

    I have a lot of microphones and no entries ranges not hurt to test.

    In the end I just wedged in the test yesterday at royer hard with a SM57 and a 421 on a guitar amplifier and the tape is directly 3 / 4 sound. I look forward to using it more and see the wonders it can do (since the time I wanted one!)

    Bin level money is expensive but good here There's a real record.

    And yes I do it again this choice, a tet day I bought a second for st…
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    Ribbon mic, 8 directivity, ideal form of lightsaber to fight against the Sith ... I go out

    OVERALL OPINION

    My opinion is a bit premature I think (but not too much in the end) I buy A few days ago and I tested last night when I got home.

    I have a lot of microphones and no entries ranges not hurt to test.

    In the end I just wedged in the test yesterday at royer hard with a SM57 and a 421 on a guitar amplifier and the tape is directly 3 / 4 sound. I look forward to using it more and see the wonders it can do (since the time I wanted one!)

    Bin level money is expensive but good here There's a real record.

    And yes I do it again this choice, a tet day I bought a second for stereo plugs but hey we will see later it!
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  • U-FLYstudioU-FLYstudio

    Royer Labs R-121Published on 12/01/11 at 00:38
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    tape 8 blabla .....

    OVERALL OPINION

    ben has not tried it as it is difficult to realize, APRS to a guitar amp before a sax, a trumpet, a piano right, over head, I released a growth of 15 days and I have been everywhere, top, Fat, Natural, Easy mix, I have often engaged with a TLM 170 and I think I will keep track of the mix royer .

    just upright piano, I make a cross with a TLM 170 bottom left of the pedals and a royer in Over head right above the piano, this is the only well taken and I will keep the 170!

    are made with percussion, and glockenspiel of Tarija, beautiful,
    and then good! is the microphone to the recovery amp, there was a Rhodes in an old Princeton, a skyscrape…
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    tape 8 blabla .....

    OVERALL OPINION

    ben has not tried it as it is difficult to realize, APRS to a guitar amp before a sax, a trumpet, a piano right, over head, I released a growth of 15 days and I have been everywhere, top, Fat, Natural, Easy mix, I have often engaged with a TLM 170 and I think I will keep track of the mix royer .

    just upright piano, I make a cross with a TLM 170 bottom left of the pedals and a royer in Over head right above the piano, this is the only well taken and I will keep the 170!

    are made with percussion, and glockenspiel of Tarija, beautiful,
    and then good! is the microphone to the recovery amp, there was a Rhodes in an old Princeton, a skyscraper in an old showman, another in an old twin, every time it is the R121 wins!
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  • ericthegreatericthegreat

    very stylish

    Royer Labs R-121Published on 10/24/11 at 22:31
    The Royer Labs R- 121 mic is a weird looking device in my opinion but that doesn’t mean the sound isn’t good. with a permanently polarized 16-mm (0.63")diaphragm element and a preamp that requires 48V phantom power. It is built using a chassis for a large-diaphragm mic, i.e. a cylindrical box normally used for mics with diaphragm diameter of 25mm (1") or more 16-mm diaphragm size does not allow one to put it in the true large-diaphragm mic category (More on why later). It has an almost flat frequency response from 20Hz to 20kHz and cardioid pattern, but has no bass-roloff switch or 10dB attenuation pads. Comes with a pivot stand rather than a shock mount.
    Overall the mic sounds very decent…
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    The Royer Labs R- 121 mic is a weird looking device in my opinion but that doesn’t mean the sound isn’t good. with a permanently polarized 16-mm (0.63")diaphragm element and a preamp that requires 48V phantom power. It is built using a chassis for a large-diaphragm mic, i.e. a cylindrical box normally used for mics with diaphragm diameter of 25mm (1") or more 16-mm diaphragm size does not allow one to put it in the true large-diaphragm mic category (More on why later). It has an almost flat frequency response from 20Hz to 20kHz and cardioid pattern, but has no bass-roloff switch or 10dB attenuation pads. Comes with a pivot stand rather than a shock mount.
    Overall the mic sounds very decent for the money. A couple of observations. In my experience the mic meets the frequency response specifications and even exceeds the given range (picks up to about 23kHz). The mic is tailored for closer recording than regular studio condensers: 6" to 8" rather than 12" from source. It has almost no proximity effect when used on vocals but substantial proximity bass boost when used on acoustic guitar (which you have to remove with EQs since it has no bass-roloff switch).


    OVERALL OPINION


    Acoustic guitar and vocals sound very natural, guitar sounds very good with pick/strumming noise adding a nice bright touch to the recording. It sounds decent on shakers but would not be my first choice for that. I've had some problems removing excess boominess from the bass since with guitar it does get bass-heavy, but the overall quality is commendable. Lack of shock mount and bass-roloff switch I'd say are where R 121 cut quality to make the mic cheaper.
    The permanently charged diaphragm, it sounds comparable to the true condensor mics if not better. But electrets may lose up to 3db gam over a few years as the material charging the diaphragm gradually gets de polarized. Hope fully this mic can hold up.
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  • ViguierViguier

    Royer Labs R-121Published on 11/01/09 at 23:21
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    Ribbon microphone, high-end comes in a small wooden box, placed in a luxurious setting. Very nice subject, relatively small. The set is really classy.

    OVERALL OPINION

    This model is being tested at home, a friend bought but has not yet had time to test ...
    So that's one week that is bonded to a guitar amp to about one meter off-axis, oriented head forward (the user manual is excellent, a real super little book learning). There is also an SM57 stuck to the bowl of this little amp.

    I brought home several guitarists and a few pros professional sound engineer, and all were on the C. .. : The sound is amazing ...

    Well, the rest of the acquisition system is not bad either (121 +…
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    Ribbon microphone, high-end comes in a small wooden box, placed in a luxurious setting. Very nice subject, relatively small. The set is really classy.

    OVERALL OPINION

    This model is being tested at home, a friend bought but has not yet had time to test ...
    So that's one week that is bonded to a guitar amp to about one meter off-axis, oriented head forward (the user manual is excellent, a real super little book learning). There is also an SM57 stuck to the bowl of this little amp.

    I brought home several guitarists and a few pros professional sound engineer, and all were on the C. .. : The sound is amazing ...

    Well, the rest of the acquisition system is not bad either (121 + SM57 Royer Microphones> Audio GTQ2 Aurora> 3200 + table Soundcraft Soundscape Converters / Apogee IO896> SSL / Soundscape SS32) ...

    I have a whole fleet of different quality microphones (on loan from the Neumann-to-Milab always, to all Audix, AKG, Shure, Audio-Technica ).... But I must start saving for one of the Royer 121 ... Arg <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_lol.gif" alt="" />

    This ribbon mic did not entirely convinced about the voice, I always prefer the Milab why (retail presence, excellent micro!). Not tried on the outside of the bass drum.

    The depth of the guitar is amazing, it's the fourth time I take a slap with a microphone (a Neumann with the first cable into a Folk, the second with a voice Milab, the third with a battery pack on an Audix and now this one on electric guitars) ...

    So sure, it's a micro rather expensive, but the look, build quality and especially its my left speechless. Expensive, but fully justified, we touch excellence.

    I bought one as soon as I can!

    Paul
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  • Pucelle_DabidjanPucelle_Dabidjan

    Royer Labs R-121Published on 12/24/09 at 03:53
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    <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Ribbon microphone, top of range. Good level of production, strong look! Kyuuuuute!</span>

    OVERALL OPINION

    This mic is a real killing sound before a guitar amp. The sound is three-dimensional, wide, dynamic and well ventilated transcribed with a beautiful bound. But then absolutely NO NO do not microwave it comes close when it comes to resume a guitar amp. Return this thing in a preamp Brent Averill or vintage design is a pure Good luck.

    The price of 990 euros and some is a bit exaggerated, but at the same time, if you're a fan of the sound of your set, you will pay!

    I advise instead to professionals even if everyone will come to…
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    <span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Ribbon microphone, top of range. Good level of production, strong look! Kyuuuuute!</span>

    OVERALL OPINION

    This mic is a real killing sound before a guitar amp. The sound is three-dimensional, wide, dynamic and well ventilated transcribed with a beautiful bound. But then absolutely NO NO do not microwave it comes close when it comes to resume a guitar amp. Return this thing in a preamp Brent Averill or vintage design is a pure Good luck.

    The price of 990 euros and some is a bit exaggerated, but at the same time, if you're a fan of the sound of your set, you will pay!

    I advise instead to professionals even if everyone will come to take advantage of this microphone. We really love to be investing this money in a single micro transplanting guitar.

    LOVE IT!
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