Royer R-121

Vintage mic technology, rediscovered
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You can blame the ribbon-mic renaissance on the mad genius of David Royer. Like so many music-related technologies (e.g., vinyl LPs, analog synthesizers), ribbon mics were considered passé at the very time their smooth audio response was needed most—in a world of digital recording.

Brought to market in 1998, the R-121 became hit for its sound quality, relatively small form factor, and especially for its affordability. Suddenly, every studio wanted the modern ribbon-mic sound, and Royer has kept the pace, creating new products for both studio and stage.