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AV Inspire's review"My precious!!!"
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.
1 people found this review helpful
ericthegreat's review"very stylish"
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).
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.
I've been using the Royer Labs R-121 for about three years. To me, it is one of, if not the best ribbon microphone that is still made new today. Royer has a reputation for making great ribbon microphones, and the R-121 is one of their best models. I have used this in a number of different situations, mostly using it for recording guitar amps and acoustic instruments. It has a unique tone that cannot be achieved with a dynamic or condenser microphone. Besides some of the old RCA ribbon microphones, like the DX77, this is really one of the best ribbon microphones you can get. I would also compare it to another Royer model, the R-122 as they are similar in look and overall sound. Both are great options, it just depends on your budget and what you envision yourself using this for. Of course it isn't cheap as it is made at an extremely high quality and has an awesome tone to it. For the professional engineer, these can be a must have and are a reasonable price for a microphone of this caliber.
I have had one of these for almost 10 years. I love this mic! I have the 121 and the 122, and I use them in nearly every session. If you have background singers, try setting one of these about 5 feet in front of them. It sounds like they're all right in front of you! I definitely recommend getting this mic if you are serious about getting very realistic sounds in your studio. It costs over a grand, but it is money well spent for the discerning audiophile.
eyecantgetnomatriçage's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good at taking mood"
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.
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Parker75's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" ESSENTIAL!!"
Otherwise, it's a ribbon mic. Ideal for recovery amp electric guitar. Good as on other sources without being transcendent.
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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
boogie-raf's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" High of very soft"
does not require 48V and do not fear.
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.
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
djoulepunk's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I made all my guitars!"
I just returned on a point on the advice of "Ericthegreat"
it is important not to 48V phantom power on the R121!
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 ...
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Convulsound.com's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Ouch that stings the ears here!"
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!
1 of 5 people found this review helpful
U-FLYstudio's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
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!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful