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Is a Peluso R14 a suitable replacement for a Royer 121? Ribbon Microphones
Old 6th April 2008
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Is a Peluso R14 a suitable replacement for a Royer 121?

I'm trying to mic an amp and I'm wondering if I really need to spend the extra $600 on the Royer. Anyone have any opinions?

Thanks -
Old 7th April 2008
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Really? Nobody?
Old 7th April 2008
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Check out the Crowley and Tripp Naked Eye if you can. I slightly preferred the Royer for drums (but rarely loved it), but like the C&T much more for guitar applications (use it primarily for Vox/Fender types amps.) I sold my Royer in favor of the C&T for guitars and a pair of 4038s for drums. It's got a cool midrange thing going on. Wouldn't pick it for heavy stuff, but any other guitar, I love it. Also wonderfully well made.

edit: should add this was a 121. Would like to try the SF series sometime.
Old 7th April 2008
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Interesting - thanks for the reply!
Old 8th April 2008
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I have the r14 and r122. The r14 is slightly darker and less detailed in the top, but also has a huge proximity if used real close. To me, the royer is a better mic all round, but the peluso is extremely usable in all ribbon applications, and if you are constrained by finances the r14 is a great replacement for the royer. Cheers
Old 9th April 2008
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Thanks, very helpful...
Old 9th April 2008
I stick the R14 in front of loud cabinets all the time. Being less expensive than the Royer helps when the Marshalls and Oranges are fired up. So far, none of my R14's have blowed up real good yet, although I've taken down the Royer and both Coles over the years. You may want to try some of the really inexpensive ribbons, since I find that ribbons of all sorts sound great in front of a super loud cabinet. I always have this image of the ribbon twisting in the breeze like laundry...

Best- Brad
Old 9th April 2008
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Used a Royer too rarely to offer comment on the comparison, but I use the R14 a lot. It's one of my favorite mics for electric guitars. Really rich sound and a lot of depth.


Old 9th April 2008
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I love both mics. Lately for more of my remote work I've been taking the Peluso out for my ribbon duties merely because the Royer is more expensive. I haven't missed it one bit and am continuously amazed at how fantastic the Peluso does. I've used it on lead vocals for a smokey jazz record, female vocalist. Lately I've been using it on trumpet a lot. It really excels here. The trumpet player was worried that the mic was going to be too bright. I kept having to reassure him, and I was right of course. It sounds fantastic.

I actually prefer it on distorted electric guitar over the Royer. I wrote a review of this mic for Tape Op, and did extensive testing going between the Peluso R-14, Royer 121 and a AEA R84. They all sounded similar with only small differences. I had to EQ the Peluso a little more and you do have to watch for Poximity effect, because it's big, but in the end I preferred the tone coming out of the Peluso over the others.

But as usual YMMV.
Old 9th April 2008
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The sE Electronics R1 ribbon is fantastic on guitar cabs, it has the right upper mid bite and doesn't suffer the same proximity boost as many other ribbons. That or the AEA R92 would be my first picks on close mic'd cabs.

That Peluso can be woofy in the bottom, but delivers a big classic sound.

Old 9th April 2008
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darkwater's Avatar

Knowing you, John, I'd just go for a 122. It's an amazing mic.
Old 10th April 2008
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I'm using an R14 for guitar cabs here; also fiddle, mandolin & banjo when they sound a bit harsh or s*****.

It's a fine, versatile mic. I've never had a Royer, but I prefer the R-14 to the R-84 for every ribbon use except vocals.
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