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"I've never heard anything better in a ribbon microphone than Royer’s new R-122, ever! Something happened when they put that amp and larger transformer in there and this is my new favorite ribbon microphone. I always use ribbon mics for their warmth and sweet high frequency response characteristics, but there is something truly unique about the powered R-122's sound quality. My pal Omar Hakim was bouncing off the walls when he heard the first playback with R-122’s on overheads on his drum set - they just sound absolutely fantastic! Royer really nailed it with the R-122."
Bruce Swedien (Grammy Award winner, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington)

"I love this (R-122) microphone."
Herb Alpert

"Literally since the day I got my SF-12 I've used it on every session I've recorded. This mic is really a fantastic package."
Steve Albini (Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Breeders)

"My SF-1's have worked in virtually every setting I've tried them."
Shawn Murphy (Scoring Engineer - John Williams, James Horner, Danny Elfman)

"Whenever I need a ribbon microphone, I use Royers."
Al Schmitt (20 time Grammy Award winner, Barbra Streisand, George Benson, Diana Krall, Amy Grant)

"I just had seven R-121's up on the Academy Awards, then used them all on a Quincy Jones big band session - Royer mics are one of the very best things to happen to recording in years."
Tommy Vicari (Grammy & Emmy Award winner, Quincy Jones, George Duke, Gino Vannelli)

"Royer microphones bring back to digital recording what was lost in the process of going from analog tape to digital formats."
Bryan Carlstrom (Producer/Engineer - The Offspring, Alice In Chains, White/Rob Zombie, Social Distortion, Anthrax, PIL, Project 86)

"Royer has come up with a unique design that allows me to record guitar amps at full volume without compromising the sound. I love the way it allows me to put all the low end warmth onto tape."
Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Mott the Hoople, Traffic, Anthrax, Derek & the Dominos, Peter Frampton, John McLaughlin, John Mayall, Carly Simon, Johnny Winter)

"I'm using Royer's on organs, guitars, everything. I love using a mic that I don't need to make EQ adjustments to - with Royers I just record flat and get amazing tracks."
Matt Hyde (No Doubt, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Soul Asylum, Porno For Pyros)

"Royer ribbons are amazing! Big, big drums, and great bottom on guitars."
Joe Barresi (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, Bad Religion, Melvins, L7, Weezer)
*First engineer to test (and test and test...) the R-121 in its prototype days - invaluable help!

"At last - a ribbon microphone that reproduces the low end of a guitar amp without blowing the ribbon, even in close proximity. The R-121 gives a perfect natural reproduction of string instruments."
Eddie DeLena (Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Mellencamp)

"I have to say these are the clearest most punchy sounding mic's I've ever used period."
Gary Tole (David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Jimmie Vaughn, Melissa Etheridge)

"A stellar microphone! During the Thin Red Line recordings and a number of Herb Alpert sessions, Royer ribbons were indispensable."
Alan Meyerson (Hans Zimmer, Bryan Ferry, Herb Alpert, Eurythemics)

"Royer mics give you the closest thing to the natural sound source on tape as any mics I have ever used before."
John Jorgenson (Hellecastors, Elton John)

"The SF-12 as a drum overhead mic gives me something I've never been able to get before. God, I love this mic!"
Chuck Ainlay (Vince Gill, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Mark Knopfler)

"I'm using R-121's all over my guitars and drums - it's really an amazing mic."
Noel Golden (Engineer - Matt Serletic, Matchbox 20, Willie Nelson, Edwin McCain)

"The R-121 blew me away in 1999 and now I'm blown away again. The increased gain and the clarity of the R-122 is ridiculous - this is an amazing development in ribbon microphones!"
Ross Hogarth (Grammy winner - Jewel, Roger Waters, Keb Mo, Coal Chamber, Black Crowes, REM, Shawn Colvin)

"God, I love these (expletive deleted) things!!!"
Ed Cherney
(Grammy Award winner, Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton)

"I used the R-122 on several critical ADR sessions. The mic's high output abilities make it preferable on critical ADR sessions to the lower gain vintage mics. This is a superbly crafted mic, with a rich, full sound and accurate top end. The off axis response is incredible, which makes my job much easier."
Dan Cubert (Dialog and Foley Recording, Mixer/Editor - Dreamworks, Universal, Tri-Star, Lucas)

"I've been using my 121's on electric guitar, electric bass, acoustic guitar, drum overheads - they've been brilliant on everything. It's definitely the best mic I've ever used for recording electric guitar."
Sean Beavan (Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Megadeth, Pantera)

"I use Royer ribbons every day I record. They're like the AC-30 of the microphone world. They just have this desirable thing that works so well and gives a truly analog vibe to digital recordings."
Steve Kempster (Scoring Engineer - Trevor Rabin, Mark Mancina)

"I love my Royers!! The R121 may well be the ultimate electric guitar mic! I've been using the Royers extensively on recent projects (David Mead, Verve Pipe, Brian Setzer), also the Stereo model for overheads on Bernie Dresel (drummer with Setzer). Thanks for a great recording tool"!
John Holbrook (The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Verve Pipe, LeAnn Rimes)

"These are the first mics I've ever used on guitars that give me exactly what I want. Huge low end with no eq."
Jerry Finn (Green Day, Rancid, Blink-182, Pennywise)

"I first used my pair of R-121 's on every song on Jewels 'Joy' album. Since than I've used them on everything from main orchestra mic's to the outside mic of kick drum's (great bottom end for free). Basically, I'm using them on everything I can."
Michael O'Reilly (Mixer/ Engineer - Jewel, Whitney Houston, Smashing Pumpkins, Bette Midler)

"Great sounding natural room ambient mics. And they won't blow up - we tried!"
Andrew Scheps (Rolling Stones, Robbie Robertson)

"Extremely smooth upper midrange, perfect for solo electric guitar."
John Cuniberti (Joe Satriani, George Lynch, Dead Kennedys, Neville Brothers)

"I just got some of the best guitar sounds I've ever recorded. With minor positioning changes, the R-121 was the best guitar equalizer I've ever used, and it will hold up to levels that a 4038 could never imagine. On congas, I've never heard such clarity and detail - it was *way* better than being there!!!"
Fletcher (Mercenary)

"I've been looking for this sound for a long time."
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan)

"The Royer R-121 is a clever, rugged, high quality design with precision tolerances and SPL handling capabilities that RCA could have only dreamed about."
Jim Webb (Rare mic collector)

"I loved them on guitar amps. For both dirty and fat clean jazz-type lead sounds the Royers were great...the Coles 4038's never won in a side-by-side comparison."
Chris Bertolotti