Following in the footsteps of the flagship R-121, the R-101 is a mono, passive ribbon microphone utilizing Royers patented offset-ribbon transducer & a 2.5-micron ribbon element. The R-101 is hand-built in Burbank, CA facility & delivered at a price point suitable for home studio use & live applications.
The R-101 is designed for studio work & demanding live applications. It uses many features pioneered by Royer Labs, including an advanced multi-layered wind screen for superior protection from air blasts & plosives, patented offset-ribbon transducer & an internally shock mounted ribbon transducer system which provides greater isolation from shocks & vibrations.
Throw it on a guitar cabinet, hit record, play it back, smile. The ribbon element's smooth frequency response & phase linearity impart a warm, analog feel to digital recordings, where the depth & realism on playback feels more like tape rolling than digits being computed. A perfect choice for electric guitars, brass instruments & drums, the R-101's figure-8 pattern also conveys superb ambience & depth when used for room miking applications.
The R-101 incorporates Royer's patented offset-ribbon technology & a low mass, 2.5-micron aluminum (99.9% pure) ribbon element. The ribbon transducer's flux-frame & rare earth Neodymium magnets create a powerful magnetic field which increases sensitivity while reducing stray magnetic radiation. The R-101's offset-ribbon transducer positions the ribbon element towards the front of the microphone body.
This gives the ribbon element more room to move within the prime magnetic field and maintain full frequency response during high SPL recordings. It's an integral part of the magic in all Royer R-series microphones. The offset-ribbon transducer also gives you the option of a brighter response when recording lower SPL sound sources on the back side. This side of the mic is often preferred on vocals, acoustic guitars and other stringed instruments.