Royer 121 for Clean Guitar?

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  1. opdev

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    I read alot about this mic being great for guitar cabs. However, it seems it's usually referenced to a higher gain recording.

    What is a good way to record a clean amp. BF Fender or a Tweed set pretty clean.

    I tried my Fathead II on a clean cab and I felt it was muffled. Would the Royer be different?

    I have used a SP B1 or even a Neuman TLM103. Sounds nice but am still curious about decent ribbon mics.
     
  2. BluesForDan

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    if you can swing it, get one. Clean, dirty, Royers rock.

    That said, they need a LOT of clean gain, more than most prosumer gear has on tap, fuggedabout wall-wart mic pres. Then again, this holds true to most good quality ribbon mics.

    Which is one of the advantages of the Royer 122. Phantom powered ribbon.
     
  3. opdev

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    The only "decent " pre I have is an RNP
     
  4. loudboy

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    Any commercial pre has more than enough gain on tap to record close-miked electric guitar w/the R-121. 35-40dB is plenty.

    If you're doing acoustic guitar or something you may need more.

    It excels on clean and mid-gain, IMHO. Really it's strongest points. I've never had a mic sound more like the amp, than a 121.

    Loudboy
     
  5. elambo

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    +1 - 121 is great on just about any guitar tone.
     
  6. Shon Kornfeld

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    +1

    for heavy guitars i blend the Royer with a 57.... it sounds amazing
     

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