Considered by many to be the breakthrough product which brought ribbon microphones back to the mainstream, the Royer R-121 is a modern classic and a staple for engineers, producers, and musicians for recording loud guitar amps and brass instruments. A patented offset ribbon assembly gives the ribbon more room to move in high-SPL applications, and yields two different tones between the front and back of the mic.

Product Specs

  • R-121 Ribbon Microphone
  • Nickel
  • 2010s
Made In
  • United States
Transducer Type
  • Ribbon
  • Wired

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Reviews for the Royer R-121 Ribbon Microphone
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  • Excellent mic

    Verified Purchase

    This mic has an extraordinary reputation. Well, it is absolutely well deserved. I have used this mic to mic a Boogie amp for our latest album. It did an amazing job. Balanced with a Shure 57, the combination was phenomenal.

  • Royer 121.

    Verified Purchase

    Incredible microphone. Absolutely captures what you put in front of it. Beautifully warm and beefy tone that fits in the mix with very minimal adjustments. Allows for super-wide mixes. A MUST-HAVE for electric guitars.

  • Royer R-121

    Verified Purchase

    Incredible mic.. as far as recording electric guitars go, it really provides you with a natural warm response. A really beautiful fat tone that these mics are able to capture from an amp cabinet. It’s a game changer.. glad to finally own one.. completely worth it.

  • It's boringly fantastic

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    It's totally boring to point out that this mic is fantastic. Everyone loves it for a reason. It is great. Fiddle; 2nd mic on almost anything; overheads. Fantastic. Stop reading this and BUY ONE.

  • Great for electric guitar, double bass. Vocals not so much

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    So far I've experimented with mine for upright bass, acoustic and electric guitar, Hammond, and voice. Almost everything about recording is at least partially subjective, so YMMV: Male baritone vocals through either my Maag or Shadow Hills preamp: Not great. Missing depth and color. I won't use …