Royer 121 fans or haters UNITE!

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by Cary Chilton, Aug 3, 2006.


  1. Cary Chilton

    Cary Chilton Senior Member

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    I am seriously thinking about buying this ribbon mic for rock guitars, I know it is a safe tried and true rock guitar mic. Lately, I have been seeing it for sale? I wonder,...... what the people who sold their Royer 121's bought in place of it? Or did they simply give up recording???????? hehe
     
  2. loudboy

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    It's the one piece of recording gear, out of $10K worth in the past few years, which has given me the biggest bang for the buck, sonically.

    Especially on clean/mid-gain stuff. When you bring the fader up in the control room, it sounds just like the amp.

    I couldn't recommend a piece of gear more highly.

    Loudboy
     
  3. LSchefman

    LSchefman Supporting Member

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    The Royers are excellent for getting a certain vibe. You might want to check out the Russian Oktava ribbons (some are being imported by E-H under their name for about $350). They've been getting some good reviews. There is a USA Oktava site that sells the Oktava branded ones for about the same money, and they're the Russian mics, not the Chinese imitations.

    Caveat: I haven't heard the Oktava ribbons. I have used the Royers.
     
  4. alphadynamic

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    :dudeRoyers are the mutts nuts IMHO. I recently recorded a session in an old church house, and used a pair on a Marshall hand wired combo, and an Orange AD30, and in 12 years of professional recording I don't think I have ever had a better recorded guitar on tape. A bit pricey though
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    I recently listed mine for sale. It wasn't for a lack of love, but the second reason, I rarely record anymore, and often go direct if I do, just can't crank an amp the way I would want at home. I figure it will be better off in the hands of someone who'll use it.
     
  6. hw2nw

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    couldn't recommend the 121's enough. they sound great on almost every amp I've played/tracked.
     
  7. SlipRake

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    R-122 for me. Awesome piece of gear. Useful for recording at all distances and on or off axis. My highest recommendation also.
     
  8. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    I've been curious about Royer microphones for a long time. Just how fragile are they? I work in a few different studios, so I'd be transporting the microphone regularly. Should I be worried about damaging a Royer during transport more than a condensor?

    Thanks,
    Bryan
     
  9. Sub-D

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    great mic as the others said, I wish I could afford one for my
    home studio........definitely high on the gas list.......
     
  10. Jarick

    Jarick Supporting Member

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    I would LOVE a Royer 121...but man at $1k...I don't generate enough money or talent to justify it.

    BUT, I did pick up one of these:

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product?sku=277069

    [​IMG]

    I got mine in a group buy directly from China for about $90 after tax, duties, S&H. I don't know if it's worth $250, but it's worth $100. It's a bit darker, but very smooth. Takes EQ very well. I put an e609 up against the grille and the ribbon a couple feet back.​

    Here's a clip:​

     
  11. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    Very helpful. Now I'm lusting for a 122.

    Thanks,
    Bryan
     
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    totally worth it. it will make your guitars sound so much meatier. our new album was recorded with a 121 and 57 combo through API pres... and i've never heard my guitar sound so heavenly kick ass.
     
  14. elambo

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    121 fan here... Can't see how someone could NOT be. It's just one of those things.
     
  15. Cary Chilton

    Cary Chilton Senior Member

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    I was thinking an AEA r92 fan would pipe in for comparison.... I have a quote for a royer 121 for 980 new, so I think I will bite.... :)
     
  16. gainiac

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    Any of you guys own both a 121 and 122?

    If so what would you consider the difference (other than the 121 being able to handle much higher SPL's)?

    I've used a 122 with an acoustic...........
     
  17. BluesForDan

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    I would really love to have both in my mic briefcase. Very expensive, but absolutely worth it. The guy where I took a recording studio camp at loves those mics, as much if not more than the Neumanns.

    I would imagine those selling would be doing the same thing I was doing, unloading gear they weren't using because they need the money for those pesky necessities, like food, rent, clothing.
     
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    Thanks Splatt!
     
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