Royer R-122 MkII Live (Burnished Satin Nickel)

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The Royer R-122 MkII Live is an Active Ribbon Microphone, versatile enough to record a number of sources in excellent definition.  All product info

£ 2,055.00
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available soon, estimated to be in stock: Feb 19, 2023
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Royer R-122 MkII Live Active Ribbon Microphone (Burnished Satin Nickel)

The Royer R-122 MkII Live (Burnished Satin Nickel) is a phantom powered high output Active Ribbon Microphone which has been optimised for life on the road. This new Ribbon Microphone technology addresses two major issues common to conventional Ribbons - gain and impedance matching. The Royer Active Series of Ribbon mics are as sensitive as Condenser Microphones, allowing you to use practically any mic pre-amplifier or Mixing Desk channel pre-amp (even those of nominal characteristics).

Conventional Ribbon Microphones are, on average, 15-20dB less sensitive than Condenser mics, necessitating the use of high-quality, High-Gain mic pre-amplifiers for recording softer sound sources such as Acoustic Instruments, Vocals and room ambience. The Active Series Ribbon mics, starting with the R-122, contain fully balanced, discrete head amplifier systems utilizing ultra-low noise FETs. This system, designed by David Royer and Rick Perrotta, is extremely quiet, can handle 135dB SPL and allows Royer Active Series Ribbons to deliver a sensitivity of 38dB.

The electronics in the Active Series Ribbons provide a perfect load on the element at all times, meaning that R-122s are able to deliver 100% of their full sonic potential regardless of the input characteristics of the following mic-pre. Due to the low-impedance output, Active Series mics can also be used with extremely long cable runs with minimal signal loss. A good impedance match is critical with Ribbon Microphones because impedance mismatching loads a Ribbon improperly, resulting in loss of low end, diminished body, lowered sensitivity and overall compromised performance. With the Active Series ribbons, the Ribbon element lives in a perfect world; it sees an optimum impedance match at all times regardless of the following equipment, so its performance will never be compromised by the effects of improper loading. Finally Active Series Ribbon Microphones are more resistant to damage from phantom power, electrical glitches or faulty wiring.

The main features of the Royer R-122 MkII Live include:

  • Active Ribbon Microphone
  • Applications: Drum Overheads, Percussion Instruments, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Solo Brass, Horn Sections, Solo Saxophone
  • Acoustic Operating Principle: Electrodynamic Pressure Gradient with Active Electronics
  • Polar Pattern: Figure-of-8
  • 30Hz-15kHz Frequency Response
  • Maximum SPL: >135dB
  • Switchable Pad: -15dB
  • Generating Element: 4-Micron Aluminium Ribbon
  • Magnets: Rare Earth Neodymium
  • Output Connector: Male XLR 3-Pin (Pin 2 Hot)
  • Manufacturer No.: R-122MKIIL
  • +48V Phantom Powered
  • Supply Current: 4mA
  • Includes: Protective Wood Case & Mic Sock
  • Weight: 309g
  • Finish: Burnished Satin Nickel

Recording Vibey Acoustic Instruments On Royer R-122 MKll’s With Andrew Synowiec



  • Manufacturer: Royer
  • Colour: Nickel
  • Polar Pattern: Eight
  • Input: XLR 3 Pole
  • incl. Accessories: Case
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£ 2,055.00

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