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Royer Labs R-101 Ribbon Microphone  From Royer

Building off of the smoothness and natural response of the classic R121,  the R101 features a slightly more open and modern sound for greater source versatility. At an incredible price to boot!

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Royer 101 and Royer 121 Comparison Demo at Sound Pure Studios

This Royer Labs 121 Ribbon Microphone and Royer 101 mic video demonstration compares and contrasts some of the differences between the two microphones on an electric guitar amplifier. Jason Richmond, SoundPure Studio's head engineer, discusses the differences between the tones, frequency spectrums, and possible applications. The Royer 101 is great for live applications as well as studio applications. Thanks to Guitarist Scott Sawyer for his great playing. Call SoundPure today to learn more about these great ribbon microphones, or to learn about techniques and other great gear that we carry. 919.682.5552. or 888.528.9703.

Manufacturer's Description from Royer

The 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 R-101 incorporates Royer's patented offset-ribbon technology and a low mass, 2.5-micron aluminum (99.9% pure) ribbon element. The ribbon transducer's flux-frame and rare earth Neodymium magnets create a powerful magnetic field which increases sensitivity while reducing stray magnetic radiation.

The R-101's offset-ribbon transducer (Patent # 6,434,252) positions the ribbon element towards the front (logo) side of the microphone body. This proprietary arrangement gives the ribbon element more room to move within the prime magnetic field and maintain full frequency response during high SPL recordings. It's an integral part of the magic in all Royer R-series microphones.

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 mic is often preferred on vocals, acoustic guitars and other stringed instruments.

Like all Royer mics, the R-101 comes with a lifetime warranty to the original owner and the first re-ribbon is free.


  • High SPL capabilities for electric guitar and percussion
  • Multi-layered wind screen provides superior protection to ribbon element
  • No internal electronics to overload or produce distortion up to
maximum SPL rating
  • Extremely low residual noise
  • Ribbon element not affected by heat or humidity
  • Absence of high-frequency peaks, "ringing" and phase shifts
  • Equal sensitivity from front or back of element


  • Close miking
  • Electric & acoustic guitars
  • Drum overheads, kick drum (see manual for position),
  • room miking
  • Percussion instruments
  • Brass, horn sections
  • Strings-solo & sections
  • Acoustic piano
  • Vocals
  • Live events-recording and sound reinforcement
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About Manufacturer

After years of designing and manufacturing microphones in Los Angeles, David Royer teamed up with Rick Perrotta, former President and co-founder of the prestigious Matchless Guitar Amplifier Company, and together with studio owner Rafael Villafane and musician/marketing director John Jennings, formed Royer Labs, a California based company dedicated to the development and production of high quality ribbon microphones and transducer elements. DAVID ROYER Best known for his ribbon mics, David has designed countless other mics and outboard devices that are in use throughout numerous LA studios. When David's not designing new gear, his idea of fun is climbing desert mountains or pounding dirt roads in his new pickup. RICK PERROTTA Rick Perrotta's name may sound familiar - he and Rafael Villafane owned LA's Baby-O Recorders during the 80's, then Rick went on to co-found Matchless Guitar Amplifiers, where he was President and Production Chief of the prestigious amp line until 1995. At the helm of Royer Labs, Rick brings an extraordinary level of craftsmanship to every Royer microphone (hold one in your hand and you may never give it back!). JOHN JENNINGS John worked for years as a guitar player and singer, in the studio and on the road. He took an 8-year detour into the corporate world as VP Sales & Marketing for an LA communications firm, but came to his senses in 1996 and ditched the suit to get into pro-audio manufacturing and sales. John handles sales and marketing for Royer Labs. RAFAEL VILLAFANE Rafael Villafane co-founded Baby'O Recorders with Rick. He has produced a #1 and numerous top ten hits in the US and abroad. He drinks too much. Owns a club in Acapulco (Baby'O). If you can prove you own a Royer product, the first ten tequilas are on him---really. Drives too fast. Been doing a record for ten years he STILL can't finish. Has a six-second attention span. He torched a school with young pal Jeff "Skunk" Baxter in Mexico City when they were kids. What else? Oh yeah, he's Mexican... nobody's perfect. CHRIS PERROTTA As another co-founder of Matchless Amplifier Company, Chris was responsible for the high quality detail work that Matchless is famous for, including the light up "dashboard" and three dimensional logo. At Royer, Chris is the chief mechanical designer and another confirmed precision freak. Every Royer microphone owes its beauty and elegance to Chris wonderful interpretations of the designers art.


    •    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





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