Recording Tips






Recording Tips

How to record with ribbon mics

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Recording Tips is full of suggestions for getting started with Royer ribbons, pictures of many different mic positions, MP-3's, comments on which mics we suggest for different recording tasks, and other ribbon microphone tips that could be helpful to you in your quest for great recorded sounds.

Don't pass up a masters comments on microphones! One of the greatest recording engineers of our time, multiple Grammy winner Bruce Swedien, has a deep love and respect for his microphones. His thoughts are invaluable for all of us interested in the art of recording.

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Electric GuitarElectric Guitar

Ribbons are legendary on electric guitar. From Foo Fighters to Diana Krall, Santana to Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mana to OK Go, George Lynch to Al DiMeola, guitar cabs around the world are being miked with Royers. Guitarists are finally hearing that tone they sweat blood to develop coming back in their recorded tracks and live performances! (more)


If any one group of instruments was made to be tracked on ribbons, it's brass. Wonderfully complex, emotional and exciting, engineers know that brass can be edgy in recordings and on stage. Royers tame the edginess and bring out the best in brass every time. (more)


There are as many ways to track drums as there are engineers, from one mic out in front of the kit to multiple mics on everything and down the hallways. Whatever your approach, Royer ribbon mics deliver the size, power, and dimension that you hear in the drum room. (more)


Ribbons bring out the warmth and depth of the piano, while combining beautifully with condensers when multiple miking. (more)

acoustic guitarAcoustic Guitar

Royer ribbons help you capture the warmth and size of your acoustic guitar, and they blend beautifully with other mics. These mics and positions are a great starting place for anyone tracking acoustic guitars. (more)


Nothing is as challenging (or rewarding) as tracking a full orchestra. Royers are often used on the brass, strings, woodwinds and percussion, as well as for ambiance or recording an audience. (more)