In our latest demo video, we decided to test out 2 phenomenal ribbon microphones on electric guitar: the Mesanovic Model 2, and the Royer Labs R-121. We’ve had the Model 2 for a few weeks here in our studio, and we wanted to compare it with a classic that most of you have heard on tons of records.

Helping us on electric guitar is the one and only Eddie Berman.

The Mesanovic Microphones Model 2

Handcrafted in Detroit, Michigan, the Model 2 is a ribbon microphone that pushes modern design to its limits. It features a 1.8 micron thick, 2-inch long pure aluminum ribbon. The ribbon motor was designed to have a very short front to back path length as well as custom resonator plates. These features give the Model 2 an incredibly extended high frequency response, while retaining classic ribbon midrange and a rich low-end that reaches flat out to 20 Hz. Also, you can hear the high-frequency “air” in this mic (something not common in ribbons). The Model 2 features Mesanovic’s unique in-house-wound toroidal transformer. This transformer provides extremely low distortion, low noise, incredible high-frequency detail, and a 3D-like sound. The microphone’s slim body (1.25 inches in diameter) allows it to be used with most third-party shockmounts and allows for quick and easy set up.

The Royer Labs R-121 Ribbon Microphone

Released in 1998, the award-winning R-121 is Royer’s flagship microphone; the world’s first radically reengineered ribbon microphone and the model that reintroduced ribbon mics to engineers around the world. They 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 guitars, brass, and more!

Additional Gear Used

Anderson bobcat Hollow Natural Mocha Burst

Phoenix Audio DRS8 mk2 Microphone Preamp

Mesa Boogie Fillmore 25 Head, Black w/Tinsel Grille

Mesa Boogie 1×12 Compact Closed-Back Cab

Strymon El Capistan – dTape Delay Effect Pedal

Want the Hi-Res Audio Files?

If you are interested in getting ahold of the hi-res audio files from this comparison, or would simply like to hear more about these and other amazing ribbon mics, don’t hesitate to give us a shout. Our pro audio specialists live for talking gear, and would love to connect you to the perfect microphone for your needs.