Ribbons On Stage
Remember when... a loud guitar amp was no place for a ribbon mic?
Remember when... a kick drum was no place for a ribbon mic?
Remember when... a live stage was no place for a ribbon mic?
Those days are over.
Our TEC Award winning Live Series ribbon microphones were made for the stage. If brittle electric guitars, harsh trumpets, or machine-sounding drums are dragging your shows down, ribbons will warm things up and help you get you the natural, full bodied sounds you're looking for.
Some of the bands using Royers on the road today...
- Aerosmith (electric guitars)
- Keith Urban (electric guitars & drums)
- Jeff Beck (electric guitars)
- Arturo Sandoval (trumpet)
- Fleetwood Mac (electric guitars)
- Phish (electric guitars, drum overheads)
- Green Day (electric guitars)
- Matchbox Twenty (electric guitars)
- Maroon Five (electric guitars)
- Harry Connick Jr. (brass section)
- Al Dimiola (electric guitar)
- The Goo Goo Dolls (electric guitars)
- Brian Setzer (electric guitars, drum overheads, bass amp)
- The Rolling Stones (drum overheads, for recording)
- Wayne Shorter (sax & drums)
- Herbie Hancock (piano & drums)
- George Thorogood (electric guitar)
- Barry Manilow (brass section)
- Thursday (electric guitars)
Royer Live Series Ribbon Microphones
Introduced in 2008, the TEC Awarding winning Royer Live Series ribbon microphones make available to FOH engineers for the first time what studio engineers have counted on for years; the smooth, warm, natural response that only a good ribbon microphone can deliver. Your electric guitarists and trumpet players will thank you for taking the words "brittle" and "harsh" out of their working vocabulary, while the full range and power of their instruments are pumping out of the FOH system.
Live Series mics are identified by their red logos (studio models have green logos). They utilize thicker ribbon elements for increased durability, allowing you to put ribbons anywhere on stage you'd like with complete confidence. The thicker ribbons give a slightly slower transient response, resulting in softer highs.
Like any high-end microphone, Royer Live Series mics should be handled carefully during set-up and break-down. Proper handling and storage in a dedicated microphone container will assure years of reliable service.
A Figure-8 Microphone on Stage?
Royer ribbons have an extremely effective figure-8 polar pattern. They pick up sound from the front and rear of the microphone and reject sounds approaching from a) the left and right sides of the mic, b) the top of the mic, and c) the bottom of the mic. These null points (dead zones) allow engineers to effectively control bleed by positioning the mics so the null points face and cancel offending sound sources.
There's a lot of sound on a live stage and you can't entirely control what gets into the microphones. Most microphones color off-axis sounds (bleed) in highly unflattering ways, which is why bleed can sound so nasty. Ribbons don't color off-axis information, so any bleed that gets into your onstage Royers will sound natural, not harsh or colored.