Royer R-122 - One of the best microphones ever for recording electric guitars and brass

Royer R-122

One of the best microphones ever for recording electric guitars and brass

I bought my first R-122 a few years ago now and have found it indispensable for electric guitars and brass. Many people use two mics on a cabinet, we just use this; in the right place :) They are very robust and have more gain as they are phantom powered. We loved it so much, we now have a pair...

Ribbon microphones seem to be a fashion accessory now in many studios, but I have been using them for years.

When we started our new Supertone Studio we wanted to achieve a 70's vibe, with everyone recording together: the figure 8 pickup pattern on a ribbon is ideal to eliminate excessive spill between instruments. The great thing about the Royer is you can use it both sides, one giving you slightly more top than the other.

Much to many engineers fear I also love to use them live on my rig.

Andy Seward, our great friend and Producer of my last album, The Knife, used one to record The Man.

Take a listen...

Guitar was my Fender Nocaster with a George L's cable straight into a Germino Classic 45 and 4x12.

What Royer say...

The R-122 is the world's first phantom powered, active ribbon™ microphone. Its unique electronics package gives the R-122 greater output than standard, non-powered ribbons, and places a perfect impedance load on the ribbon element, greatly expanding the number of preamps the mic operates well with.
Before the R-122, all ribbon microphones were passive devices. Tracking strings, acoustic guitars, vocals and other quieter sound sources required pre's with a lot of gain and a high input impedance. With the R-122, gain and impedance issues are a thing of the past, letting you use more pre's with great results.


Conventional ribbon microphones need high-quality, high-gain microphone preamplifiers to record softer sound sources. The R-122 is as sensitive as a condenser microphone, allowing you to use practically any mic preamplifier or board pre's to record even the quietest sounds. The R-122 contains a fully balanced, discrete head amplifier system utilizing a specially wound toroidal transformer and ultra-low noise FET's. This system is extremely quiet, can handle 135 dB SPL, and brings the R-122's sensitivity to 37 dB! Go ahead and plug an R-122 into any preamp with average gain - you'll get full Royer performance and enough level to drive any recording medium.

The R-122's higher sensitivity does not create additional self-noise. All of the R-122's increased sensitivity comes from its large, specially wound toroidal transformer - that wonderful thing called "free gain." The phantom powered circuitry provides impedance conversion only, adding no noise of its own.

Impedance Matching

The R-122's active electronics put a perfect load on the ribbon element at all times, allowing the R-122 to deliver 100% of its full sonic potential regardless of the input characteristics of the following mic pre. Due to its low-impedance output, R-122's can be used on extremely long cable runs with minimal signal loss. In addition, the ribbon element can't be damaged by phantom power, miswired cables or electrical glitches.

Patented Offset Ribbon Technology

The R-122'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.
Royer R-122 - One of the best microphones ever for recording electric guitars and brass


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