The R-122 is the world's first phantom powered, active ribbon™ microphone. Its unique electronics package gives the R-122 greater output than standard, non-powered ribbons, and places a perfect impedance load on the ribbon element, greatly expanding the number of preamps the mic operates well with.Before the R-122, all ribbon microphones were passive devices. Tracking strings, acoustic guitars, vocals and other quieter sound sources required pre's with a lot of gain and a high input impedance. With the R-122, gain and impedance issues are a thing of the past, letting you use more pre's with great results.GainConventional ribbon microphones need high-quality, high-gain microphone preamplifiers to record softer sound sources. The R-122 is as sensitive as a condenser microphone, allowing you to use practically any mic preamplifier or board pre's to record even the quietest sounds. The R-122 contains a fully balanced, discrete head amplifier system utilizing a specially wound toroidal transformer and ultra-low noise FET's. This system is extremely quiet, can handle 135 dB SPL, and brings the R-122's sensitivity to 37 dB! Go ahead and plug an R-122 into any preamp with average gain - you'll get full Royer performance and enough level to drive any recording medium.The R-122's higher sensitivity does not create additional self-noise. All of the R-122's increased sensitivity comes from its large, specially wound toroidal transformer - that wonderful thing called "free gain." The phantom powered circuitry provides impedance conversion only, adding no noise of its own.Impedance MatchingThe R-122's active electronics put a perfect load on the ribbon element at all times, allowing the R-122 to deliver 100% of its full sonic potential regardless of the input characteristics of the following mic pre. Due to its low-impedance output, R-122's can be used on extremely long cable runs with minimal signal loss. In addition, the ribbon element can't be damaged by phantom power, miswired cables or electrical glitches.Patented Offset Ribbon TechnologyThe R-122's proprietary offset ribbon transducer (Patent # 6,434,252) is the first of its kind, positioning the ribbon element closer to the front (logo) side of the microphone. This arrangement gives the ribbon more room to move within the prime magnetic field while maintaining full frequency response during high SPL recordings. It's an integral piece of the magic of all Royer R-series microphones. Royer Labs R-122 Features Phantom powered circuitry provides high output and impedance matching High SPL Capabilities No distortion up to maximum SPL rating Extremely low residual noise Ribbon element is not affected by heat or humidity Absence of high frequency phase distortion Equal sensitivity from front or back of element Consistent frequency response regardless of distance Rear side of mic records slightly brighter when three feet or closer to sound source Royer Labs R-122 Specifications Acoustic Operating Principle: Electrodynamic pressure gradient with active electronics Polar Pattern: Figure-8 Generating Element: 2.5-micron aluminum ribbon Magnets: Rare Earth Neodymium Frequency Response: 30 -15,000 Hz +/- 3dB Sensitivity: -37 dB (referenced 1v/pa +/- 2dB) Self-Noise: < 20 dB Output Impedance: 200 Ohms, balanced Rated Load Impedance: 1K-Ohm Maximum SPL: >135dB Output Connector: Male XLR 3 pin (Pin 2 Hot). Dimensions: 206mm L X 25mm W (8 1/8" L X 1" W) Weight: 309 grams (10.9 oz) Finish: Dull Satin Nickel/Matte Black Chrome optional.
I'm a blue grasser and my holy grail go to stereo acoustic guitar set up is an sE Electronics RN17 Neve designed mic and a Royer R122 in mid side configuration with the RN17 as the mid mic. Wonderful, huge, crystal clear, stereo sound. Oh yeah, almost forgot...through a Millennia HV3C pre.
Mic models include: AKG C12/C12VR AKG C414 Coles 4038 Neumann U 47 Neumann U 67 Neumann U 87 Neumann M 49 Neumann M 149 Neumann UM 57 Neumann TLM 103 Royer R-122 Sony C-800G Telefunken ELA M 251 Telefunken AK47 From Sweetwater
...happy with the results. I tried every mic from 57's, i5's, AT 4040, AT4050, Mojave FET's, Royer R121 & R122, AEA R84, AEA R92, Sennheiser 906 - the entire gamut of ribbon, dynamic and consenders - and regardless of the mic and speaker (I went through countless 12" speakers as well), it always...