The R-10 is very similar to the classic R-121 in design. I use preamps all the time. Comparing The New Royer R-10 Ribbon Microphone To The R-121 Last week I was introduced to the new Royer R-10 Bi-Directional ribbon microphone. If there is one company in the world whose name is synonymous with high-end ribbon mics…. Neve 1037 & UAD Solo 610 are my 2 go to preamps. A list of the 7 best ribbon mics including: Royer 121, 101, SF-12, Avantone Audio CR-14, AEA R84, AT4081, and Beyerdynamic M160. Be careful, the 160 can’t handle the loud amps like the Royer can and you can easily damage the ribbon. The basic design of the Royer R121 is fairly conventional as ribbon microphones go, despite the adoption of sophisticated modern materials. I mostly have not used a preamp. I mostly have not used a preamp. A shiny new ribbon mic could be just the answer you’ve been looking for. Edited 2 times, last by Guavadude (Dec 25th 2017). Royer’s site has a lot of great info and videos about recording guitars. Great River preamps works well with Royer and dynamic mics since they have a lot of clean gain and more extended high frequencies than a Neve, which is also never a bad choice, just more expensive. Belonging to a special subcategory known as “large ribbon mics“…. To perform this technique, you need not ONE, but TWO figure-8 mics, angled at 90 degrees from each other. The M160's will sound brighter than the Royer or Coles. Also check out the active version of this mic: the Royer SF-24 – (Amazon/B&H/GuitarC/MusiciansF/Thomann), At last, we’ve reached the final mic on the list…. Got used to it I think... Great info. Johnnyalucard, 16.04.2018 Royer mics are the standard bearers for ribbon microphones and the R-121 is the daddy of them all. Looking forward to experimenting. In their ENTIRE line, the Royer 121 is no doubt their flagship microphone. Look for a low ohm option on the pre. Are you using a preamp with the mics? Each mic is positioned at 90 degrees relative to the other, making it perfect for either Blumlein Pair or M/S stereo recording. I'm a guitarist so it will be used pretty much only for electric and acoustic guitar parts. You can find less-expensive ribbons from a half-dozen suppliers, but they won't be the same as the Royers. 121 blends very well with other mics like a 57 or condenser. Its sort of weird sounding on gtrs though lots of people swear by them. The Beyer's hypercardioid pattern, predictably enough, led it to give us a tighter sound, with less room than any other mic on test. Soon after, ribbon mics became the cool new thing among many microphone connoisseurs. It’s an especially popular microphone for vocals…despite being intended more a multi-purpose mic. The R-121 redefined ribbon microphones so completely that Recording Magazine wrote: “…the Royer R-121 is destined to become one of the classic microphones of the 21st century.” Like many of the best classic ribbon mics, the R-121 has a figure-8 pattern, output level comparable to a dynamic mic, and a warm, realistic tone and flat frequency response. With the SF-12, you just plug and play. And we want nothing more than a new toy to spice things up. I got Beyerdynamic m160 almost a year now. Be sure to not have the phantom power on when using ribbon mics! API are a classic guitar pre and I’d love to have a Chandler TG2 for tracking guitars. That said, the sound was impressively uncoloured. The R121 is more for myself as I really liked the clips I have heard. But what happens when the situation doesn’t call for a figure-8? Your browser has JavaScript disabled. Incredible quality and they sound impeccable. It’ll mate up better with mics that have a low ohm output like ribbons and dynamics. Awesome, thanks Cili, have both of those. Luckily for us, its reviews are almost universally positive as well. Updated 2016. Have them both on the way and am looking forward to seeing what they can do. Are you using a preamp with the mics? The Royer R-121 and R-122 are unique in their components, design, and tolerances. But for someone who has never even used a ribbon mic before…that’s a tough sell, isn’t it? It’s small and lightweight, which allows you to position the microphone without any intrusion, and utilizes the same ribbon transducer. All preferable for sure, but at this point it is just a guess for me. Luckily for us, Beyerdynamic M160 is here to save the day. The AEAR84‘s “pill-like” capsule design, closely resembles that of a large diaphragm condenser. Royer went ahead and created a revolutionary new mic design to make it even easier for us. The romance we once had with our mic collection grows tiresome…. Surprisingly, there are VERY FEW alternatives. For your first introduction to ribbon mics…I highly recommend it.