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Royer Live's on the road with...

Keith Urban
- SF-24L drum overhead
- R-122L's on Keith's guitar cabinets

- SF-24L on drum overheads
- R-122L's on guitar cabinets

The Rolling Stones
- SF-24 on drum overhead for recording

Green Day
- R-121's on guitar cabinets

Arturo Sandoval
- R-122L for solo trumpet (all other stage mics by Shure)

Jeff Beck
- R-121's on guitar cabinets

Matchbox Twenty
- R-121L's on guitar cabinets

Maroon Five
- R-121L's on guitar cabinets

- R-121L's on guitar cabinets

Wayne Shorter
- R-122L's on drum overheads and in front of kick
- R-122L on sax

George Thorogood
- R-121 on electric guitar

Barry Manilow
- R-122's on brass

Fleetwood Mac
- R-121's on guitar cabinets

Al Dimiola
- R-121L's on guitar cabinets

Brian Setzer
- R-121L on guitar cabinet
- SF-24L on drum overhead

- R-121L's on guitar cabinets

Harry Connick Jr.
- 122's on brass section

Arturo Sandoval
- R-122 on solo trumpet

The Goo Goo Dolls
- R-121L's on electric guitars

- R-121's on electric guitars

Royer Live Series mics - R-121L and R-122 MKllL (formerly R-122L) were introduced in 2008, making ribbon mics available to FOH engineers for the first time. As a group they won the 2008 TEC Award for Microphone Technology/Sound Reinforcement, and they're showing up in performance venues around the world.

Royer Live Series mics utilize thicker ribbon elements - carefully chosen for increased durability and minimal sonic variation from their studio brethren. The thicker ribbons have a slightly slower transient response, resulting in softer highs.

Live Series mics are identified by their red logos (studio models have green logos). Live models can be converted to Studio models any time - we simply re-ribbon the mic to studio spec and replace the red logo with a green logo.

Like any high-end microphone, Royer Live Series mics need to be handled carefully during set-up and break-down. Proper handling and storage in a dedicated microphone container will assure years of reliable service.

Articles & Videos

Ribbons On The Road

According to Jim Ebdon - front-of-house engineer for Aerosmith, Matchbox Twenty and Maroon 5 - "Joe Perry from Aerosmith had been using Royer R-121s in his studio and decided to take them on the road. We used a mixture of the Royers, [Shure] 57s and [Audio-Technica] AT4050s". more

Royer Ribbons Rock Muse

New York (August 9, 2011) - FOH engineer Marc Carolan has been miking Muse singer/guitarist Matthew Bellamy's guitar cabinet with a Royer R-122 live active ribbon microphone. more

The Brian Setzer Orchestra Live - FOH Engineer Jimbo Neal using Royers

Video: Front of house engineer Jimbo Neal takes us behind the scenes with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, showing how he uses Royer and Mojave Audio microphones.

Royer R-121 LIVE Ribbon Microphone

R-121 LiveThe R-121 Live is a ruggedized version of our popular R-121 ribbon microphone. The studio R-121 is tough and has been used on live performances for years, but the increased durability of the R-121 Live gives FOH engineers greater confidence in the ribbon standing up to life on the road.

TEC winner

Royer R-122 MKII LIVE Ribbon Microphone

R-122 LiveThe R-122 Live is a road-optimized version of our phantom powered R-122 MKII ribbon microphone. The R-122 MKII Live's output is on par with phantom powered condenser mics, allowing long cable runs with minimal signal loss or RF pickup, and it produces the warm, natural sounds that only ribbon mics can deliver.

TEC winner