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Without question, there has been a true renaissance in the use of ribbon microphones over the past two decades in the world of professional music recording. One of the true leaders of this renaissance has been Royer Labs. The microphones designed by their founder, David Royer, are true classics in every sense of the term. Prior to his work in this field, ribbon microphones had been replaced largely through the use of both tube and condenser microphones. But, through the work of such pioneers as David Royer, ribbon microphones— with their warmth, transparency and versatility have made a comeback. It is important to note that though I am highlighting two of their products, each of the offerings from Royer Labs are fantastic microphone models that would be great for an educational institution. 


Which products from Royer Labs that were used by the great engineers and recording studio facilities of the past would be a great fit for the educational space?


The Royer R-121 is truly a new classic that can be found in the microphone lockers of the great recording studio facilities around the world. For a number of legendary recording studio engineers this microphone has become a true recording studio staple. Recently, Royer Labs also introduced the R-10, which is another magnificent microphone offering. The R-10 is not a smaller version of the R-121, it is a great microphone in its own right that shines in a variety of applications. As I noted above, though I am highlighting two of their offerings, any of the microphones made by Royer Labs would be a great fit for the educational space.  


Royer R-121


The Royer R-121 is an excellent microphone for a wide variety of applications. From classical to jazz music, engineers use the R-121 to record just about everything from piano to electric guitar tracks. This microphone sounds fantastic, but it is also incredibly durable. It has become a classical microphone that engineers love to use. It is important to note that matched pairs of this microphone are also available.

Image: Royer Labs R-121

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Royer Labs R-10


The Royer R-10 is also a durable, versatile and sweet-sounding ribbon microphone. It is a new microphone that is much like its famed sibling, the R-121, but it is also an excellent microphone in its own right. The R-10 also shines on just about any source— from pianos to electric guitar amps. To say the least, the R-10 is a pretty cool microphone, but now Royer also makes a hot-rod version of it, that is also worth checking out, too. The R-10 is also available in matched pairs for purchase.  

Image: Royer Labs R-10

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Why should an educational institution invest in products from Royer Labs?


Royer Labs makes great microphone product offerings for the educational space. Both the R-121 and the R-10 would make excellent additions for an educational institution. The company offers tremendous service for their microphones— though it is doubtful that anyone would ever need it. Plus, the company offers tutorials, tips and tremendous educational resources to help prospective users of their microphone product offerings. Royer Labs is a small company which is incredibly responsive to the needs of their customers and a forward-thinking business that has developed some of the very best ribbon microphones that are available in the world of music recording today. 


If you would like more information about Royer Labs and the amazing products that were discussed in this article, please use the following links which are listed below.


Royer Labs— R-121

Royer Labs— R-10


The following link will take you to the Royer Labs website where you can learn more about this legendary corporation and also, find an authorized dealer for their fabulous products in your area.


Royer Labs


Special Note: Each of the images in this article appear through the courtesy and generosity of the wonderful people at Royer Labs.


Special Thanks— At The Recording Session Vault Educational Website Project, we would like to take a moment to express our thanks and appreciation to John Jennings at Royer Labs for his time and assistance with this article

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