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Royer Labs Introduces the dBooster In-Line Signal Booster
Old 24th January 2019
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Royer Labs Introduces the dBooster In-Line Signal Booster

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Royer Labs Introduces the dBooster In-Line Signal Booster

Two levels of clean gain boost assure versatility for both studio and stage applications

Los Angeles, CA – WNAMM Booth ACC North 16021… Royer Labs, a leading manufacturer of high quality ribbon microphones, is pleased to announce the dBooster (model R-DB20) In-Line Signal Booster for ribbon & dynamic microphones. As a phantom powered microphone signal booster and impedance buffer, the new Royer Labs dBooster accurately increases the level of passive low-output ribbon and moving coil dynamic microphones without distortion or coloration. Designed for professional applications, the dBooster provides two levels of clean gain boost: either 12dB or 20dB, selectable by a front panel switch. Unlike other in-line gain products, the dBooster maintains headroom and gain regardless of load.

The heart of the dBooster design is a sophisticated, uniquely configured input stage consisting of multiple paralleled PNP semiconductors to keep noise low. These devices run in pure Class A mode for minimal distortion. The Class A input circuitry presents a high source impedance to the microphone to minimize loading (damping), reducing coloration and distortion while improving headroom. By utilizing the unit’s 12/20dB gain switch, optimum balance between gain and headroom can be achieved for a variety of applications.

The low-impedance output of the dBooster is an increased microphone-level signal that can drive either a standard microphone preamplifier or a digital interface directly. The unit’s output section utilizes a pair of operational amplifiers that act as buffers and low impedance line-drivers. The output stage enables the dBooster to drive difficult loads and long cable lengths without sacrificing gain or performance while maintaining excellent headroom. The dBooster’s circuit is phantom powered and is fully regulated and de-coupled—providing clean voltage and current for optimum circuit operation.

Royer’s new dBooster is safe for use with all ribbon microphones and provides increased headroom at the preamp, true electrical isolation, and the protection of ribbon mics from phantom power hits—all while minimizing mic loading. Further, this rugged, compact device can drive difficult loads such as mic splitters and vintage-style preamps without loss of gain or increased distortion.

John Jennings, Royer’s VP of Sales and Marketing, commented on the company’s new dBooster, “Our R-10 ribbon microphone is what originally got us interested in providing an in-line signal booster. The R-10 has slightly less output than an R-121 and we knew engineers might want some extra gain for vocals and acoustic instruments. The amount of distortion in the available in-line preamps wasn’t acceptable, so we designed our own and it does a great job of providing an extremely clean signal lift. It’s a great fit with Royer’s non-powered ribbons, and it kills with a number of dynamics too!”

The Royer Labs dBooster (model R-DB20) In-Line Signal Booster is expected to carry a street price of $179. The unit will ship mid-February 2019.

For more information: Home - Royer Labs.
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Old 24th January 2019
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The amount of distortion in the available in-line preamps wasn’t acceptable, so we designed our own and it does a great job of providing an extremely clean signal lift.
Really? Never had any issues with distortion with a Cloudlifter or FetHead. I'm all in on this thing if it's somehow "audibly" significantly better. It seems like we might be nitpicking away at spec's at this point though.
Old 25th January 2019
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Royer Labs dBooster In-Line Signal Booster

John Jennings of Royer Labs introduces the dBooster In-line Signal Booster.


Old 26th January 2019
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Interesting. No mention of self-noise tho. The things like this that I've used (Cloudlifter) tend to introduce some additional hiss.
Old 26th January 2019
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The hand wired Cathedral Pipes Durham gives you 20db of gain for $65. Can't see why you'd want to spend more.
Old 26th January 2019
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How close does the Royer 121 plus dBooster come to the active Royer 122MKII?
Old 26th January 2019
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Everything Royer does is top notch. I really like the idea of the unit. I usually do not crank my amps when recording and this might be a real helpful aid in boosting signal with dynamic and ribbon mics.

I confirmed in this video that it requires phantom power to run it. dBooster - Royer Labs

He also mentioned a great situation to use this is on acoustic guitar when using a ribbon mic. I think this would be a great application as well for the Dbooster.
Old 3rd March 2019
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Thumbs up David Royer reveals product focus



David Royer in a brief interview where he mentions the competition and the related specs that he addressed with this design. When this guy uses a word like “astonishing,” I am taking notes.

Larry Crane sighting...bombing? J/k
Old 3rd March 2019
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I love royer, but this seems like little more than being extremely late to the party with an attempt to claw m back market share they let cloudlifter and fethead capture for years...

Also, it’s a few dbs less gain than the cloudlifter... as far as cloudlifter noise, that’s never been replicated here with quality outboard preamps. Prosumer usb built in mic pres? Oh yah, all day.
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I love royer, but this seems like little more than being extremely late to the party with an attempt to claw m back market share they let cloudlifter and fethead capture for years...
I was about to post the exact same thoughts.
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I was about to post the exact same thoughts.
I agree with you guys. On the other hand, I'm surprised by how many producers and engineers that come through my studio and don't know what a cloudlifter is. At this point "everyone's doing it", might as well! Like I said in my first post, if this is somehow magically better than a cloudlifter then I'll sell mine and get some of these. I've always been a big fan of Royer, but I really doubt this is going to be any different than a cloudlifter. Paired with a good preamp, I've never had noise or distortion issues with a cloudlifter.

No doubt this is a great product and will do the job, but I doubt it's going to be any different than the other products on the market. I'll happily be willing to be proven wrong with some comparisons though!
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Keep in mind that the product at hand is not really billed for pro studios as much as it is for home and project studios. Last week I recorded acoustic guitar with a coles a foot and a half away and I have 4-5 different preamps at my disposal that can give me the 65db+ boost I need without any noise. I don’t have any use for one of those boxes. But for someone trying to cut vocals at home on a budget with an SM7B and a scarlett 2i2 it makes sense over buying a Vintech x73i.
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Keep in mind that the product at hand is not really billed for pro studios as much as it is for home and project studios. Last week I recorded acoustic guitar with a coles a foot and a half away and I have 4-5 different preamps at my disposal that can give me the 65db+ boost I need without any noise. I don’t have any use for one of those boxes. But for someone trying to cut vocals at home on a budget with an SM7B and a scarlett 2i2 it makes sense over buying a Vintech x73i.
I've got my TRP for when I need globs of quiet gain. I have the cloudlifter around because I like the impedance boost, just running my old vintage RCA ribbon through the cloudlifter seems to open it up nicely. I've only got 2 channels of TRP, and my R88 is usually parked on it. If I need to the the R88 and the RCA in the same session, the cloudlifter comes out.
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I've got my TRP for when I need globs of quiet gain. I have the cloudlifter around because I like the impedance boost, just running my old vintage RCA ribbon through the cloudlifter seems to open it up nicely. I've only got 2 channels of TRP, and my R88 is usually parked on it. If I need to the the R88 and the RCA in the same session, the cloudlifter comes out.
Nice. Those TRP pres are superb!
Old 17th August 2019
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Good-on Royer for improving signal strength for $180! Will definitely add DBooster or 2 to my kit...and consider some R-10's for live.
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