Following in the footsteps of our flagship R-121, the Royer Labs R-101 is a mono, passive ribbon microphone utilizing our patented offset-ribbon transducer and a 2.5-micron ribbon element. The Royer Labs R-101 is hand-built in our Burbank, CA facility and delivered at a price point suitable for home studio use and live applications.
The Royer Labs R-101 is a new breed of modern ribbon microphone, designed for studio work and demanding live applications (particularly live electric guitar and brass). It incorporates many features pioneered by Royer Labs, including an advanced multi-layered wind screen for superior protection from air blasts and plosives, our patented offset-ribbon transducer, an internally shock mounted ribbon transducer system which provides greater isolation from shocks and vibrations, and reduced proximity effect for closer miking with less bass buildup. Throw it on a guitar cabinet, hit record, play it back, smile.
The ribbon element's smooth frequency response and phase linearity impart a warm, analog feel to digital recordings, where the depth and realism on playback feels more like tape rolling than digits being computed. A perfect choice for electric guitars, brass instruments and drums, the R-101's figure-8 pattern also conveys superb ambience and depth when used for room miking applications.
The offset-ribbon transducer also gives you the option of a brighter response when recording lower SPL sound sources on the back side (3 feet and closer; phase reversed in this position). The back side of the Royer Labs mic is often preferred on vocals, acoustic guitars and other stringed instruments.
Acoustic Operating Principle: Electrodynamic pressure gradient
Polar Pattern: Figure-8
Generating Element: 2.5-micron aluminum ribbon
Magnets: Rare Earth Neodymium
Frequency Response: 30 -15,000Hz +/- 3dB
Sensitivity: -48dB (re. 1v/pa)
Output Impedance: 300 Ohms @ 1kHz (nominal)
Maximum SPL: 135dB @ 30Hz
Rated Load Impedance: 1500 Ohms (or greater)
Output Connector: Male XLR 3-pin (Pin 2 Hot).
Dimensions: 200mm L X 36mm W (7.9" L X 1.4" W)
Weight: 483g (17 oz)
Finish: Matte Black
Accessories: Shock mount, carrying case, mic sock
Optional Accessories: Pop screen
Microphone Warranty: Lifetime to original owner (repair or replace
at Royer's option)
Ribbon Element Warranty: One Year