Royer Labs R-122 MKII Active Ribbon Microphone (Nickel, Matched Pair)

Royer Labs R-122 MKII Active Ribbon Microphone (Nickel, Matched Pair)

Royer Labs R-122 MKII Active Ribbon Microphone (Nickel, Matched Pair)

Royer Labs R-122 MKII Active Ribbon Microphone (Nickel, Matched Pair)

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Product Highlights

  • Phantom Powered Circuitry
  • High Output and Impedance Matching
  • -15 dB Pad
  • High SPL Capabilities
  • No Distortion Up to Maximum SPL Rating
  • Low Residual Noise
  • Ribbon Not Affected by Heat or Humidity
  • No High Frequency Phase Distortion
  • Equal Front and Back Sensitivity
  • Rear Side Records Brighter within 3'
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  • 1Description

The Royer Labs R-122 MKII Active Ribbon Microphone (Nickel, Matched Pair) uses phantom power and founder David Royer's innovative approach to microphone design to record natural and transparent electric guitars, acoustic guitars, electric bass, acoustic bass, drum overheads, brass, percussion, piano strings, woodwinds, Foley, and many other sources.

The microphone is similar to the company's R-121 ribbon microphone but with a faster transient response and a larger audio transformer for more open highs and a tighter more focused low end response.

The MKII version of the original (introduced in 2002), incorporates a -15 dB pad and a switchable bass-cut filter. The switches are completely out of the circuit when disengaged. They are also recessed to prevent accidental activation.

The microphone's -15 dB pad is positioned before the unit's electronics and when engaged eliminates the potential for headroom-related distortion on even the loudest sources without imparting a sonic imprint on the material.

The microphone's bass cut starts filtering at 100 Hz at a rate of 6 dB per octave to effectively reduce the unit's bass buildup due to the proximity effect. The smooth filter is useful for vocals, acoustic instruments, and closed-miked electric guitars when less bottom end is desired.

The active electronics of the device are hand-wired in Burbank, CA with a specially designed toroidal transformer that delivers faster transient response than traditional ribbons. This makes the microphone useful for drum overheads, percussion, and all acoustic instruments.

A fully balanced hand-wired discrete head amplifier system uses the specially wound toroidal transformer and ultra-low noise FETS to bring the microphone's sensitivity to 36 dB while still allowing high SPL recording without the introduction of self-noise. The phantom powered circuitry provides impedance conversion to handle a wide variety of preamplifiers.

The microphone's proprietary offset ribbon transducer positions the ribbon element closer to the front (logo) side of the microphone to allow more room to move within the prime magnetic field while maintaining a full frequency response during high SPL recordings.

Uses a fully balanced discrete head amplifier system with a specially wound toroidal transformer to handle SPLs as high of 135 dB and a sensitivity of 37 dB
Impedance Matching
Balances the load on the ribbon at all times to deliver 100% of its full sonic potential regardless of the input characteristics of the connected preamp. This also allows the microphone to be used with long cable runs with minimal signal loss as well ensure that the ribbon element won't be damaged by phantom power, miswired cables, or electrical glitches
Patented Offset Ribbon Technology
Uses an offset ribbon transducer to give the ribbon more room to move within the prime magnetic field while maintaining a full frequency response during high SPL recordings

Electric Guitar Amps
Acoustic Guitar
Drum Overheads
Percussion Instruments
Brass and Woodwinds
Horn Sections
Acoustic Piano
Acoustic Guitar
Solo Strings and String Sections
Choirs and Orchestras
Commercial Broadcast
Voice Over
UPC: 899060002549
In the Box
Royer Labs R-122 MKII Active Ribbon Microphone (Nickel, Matched Pair)
  • Protective Mic Sock
  • Protective Wood Case
  • Mic Clip
  • Microphone: Limited Lifetime Warranty to Original Owner (Repair or Replacement at Royer's option)
  • Ribbon Element: Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Operating Principle Electrodynamic pressure gradient with active electronics
    Polar Pattern Figure-8
    Element 2.5-micron aluminum ribbon
    Magnets Neodymium
    Frequency Response 30 to 15,000 Hz ± 3 dB
    Sensitivity -36 dB (referenced at 1 v/pa ±2 dB)
    Self Noise < 18 dB
    Output Impedance 200 Ohms, balanced
    Rated Load Impedance 1 kOhms
    Maximum SPL > 135 dB
    Output Connector XLR-3M (pin 2 hot)
    Finish Dull satin nickel
    Dimensions (L x W) 8.13 x 1.00" (206 x 25 mm)
    Weight 10.9 oz (309 g)

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