Review: Royer R-121
Positives:Amazing sound quality
Negatives:Delicate and expensive.
An instant classic. When David Royer brought this mic to market, it was an instant success among engineers “in the know”. The ribbon microphone picks up audio most closely to the way our ears pick up sound. An ultra thin “ribbon” element suspended between a couple of magnets allows the mic to faithfully reproduce just about any sound source. Because the ribbon is so thin, plosive and high air movement situations should be avoided (vocals without pop filter, infront of kick drum).
This mic is now a standard for guitar cab micing as well as horn micing. Its smooth warm tone is second to none. The body is a thick and heavy metal, but don’t let that give you a false sense of security, you still need to treat the mic with kid gloves.
One feature that is often overlooked, is the fact that the mic has 2 tones depending on how you use it. The construction of the mic allows it to pick up in a figure 8 pattern. From the front (logo side) the mic has a very warm and big sound. From the back (non logo) the ribbon element is closer to the screen and makes for a slightly brighter and open tone (excellent on acoustic guitar).
Yes, the mic is pricey, but worth EVERY PENNY! It should also be noted that Royer’s customer service is absolutely INCREDIBLE! Should anything happen to the mic, the first ribbon fix is free (after that i believe it’s around $100, customer pays shipping either way) But they offer really quick turn around (under a week in some cases) which is almost unheard of in this industry. Kudos to Royer and his team!