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ROYER LABS - R-121 - Studio Ribbon Microphone

ROYER LABS - R-121 - Studio Ribbon Microphone
ROYER LABS - R-121 - Studio Ribbon Microphone
ROYER LABS - R-121 - Studio Ribbon Microphone
ROYER LABS - R-121 - Studio Ribbon Microphone
ROYER LABS - R-121 - Studio Ribbon Microphone
ROYER LABS - R-121 - Studio Ribbon Microphone
ROYER LABS - R-121 - Studio Ribbon Microphone
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R-121 Studio Ribbon Microphone

Released in 1998, the award-winning R-121 is our flagship microphone; the world’s first radically reengineered ribbon microphone and the model that reintroduced ribbon mics to engineers around the world. 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 warmth and natural sound that experienced engineers have long turned to ribbon mics for, but in a compact, light-weight, high output and tough-as-nails package that was unheard of in a ribbon mic before the R-121. In its 10+ years in the market, thousands of R-121’s have been sold around the world and it’s well established as a standard for tracking electric guitar and brass.

The R-121 redefined ribbon microphones so completely that Recording Magazine wrote: “…the Royer R-121 is destined to become one of the classic microphones of the 21st century.”

Like many of the best classic ribbon mics, the R-121 has a figure-8 pattern, output level comparable to a dynamic mic, 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 an extremely versatile and user-friendly ribbon mic that can stand up to the most demanding tasks. Cranked up electric guitars, close up brass, drums – you name it, the R-121 will help you record it with realism you have to hear to believe.

We build the R-121 solid enough to give it a lifetime warranty. We expect you to own it for as long as you record, and we’ll stand behind it the whole way

Patented Offset Ribbon Technology

The R-121’s proprietary offset ribbon transducer (Patent # 6,434,252) is the first of its kind, positioning the ribbon element closer to the front (logo) side of the microphone. This arrangement gives the ribbon more room to move within the prime magnetic field while maintaining full frequency response during high SPL recordings. It’s an integral piece of the magic of all Royer R-series microphones.


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


Electric Guitar Amps

Brass Instruments

Horn Sections

Drum Rooms

Kick Drum


Percussion Instruments

Acoustic Piano

Acoustic Guitar

String Instruments & Sections

Choirs & Orchestras

Commercial Broadcast

Technical Specifications

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: -47 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)

Dimensions: 155.7mm L, 25mm W (6.13" L, 1" W) Weight: 244g (8.6 oz) Finish: Dull Satin Nickel/Matte Black Chrome optional

Polar Pattern

polar pattern

Frequency Response

frequency response