Royer R-122 MKII Active Ribbon Microphone
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Royer R-122 MKII Active Ribbon Microphone

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RO-R122MK2

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The R-122 MK II is a second-generation design of the venerable R-122 active ribbon mic. It shares the original mic's ribbon geometry, transformer and impedance matching circuitry with condenser-like output levels that allow the R-122 to be used on even the quietest sound sources. It can also be paired to virtually any preamplifier.

The R-122 MKll takes the R-122 to a whole new level, delivering unprecedented flexibility for ribbons with the addition of a switchable -15 dB pad and a switchable bass-cut filter. The switches are completely out of the circuit when disengaged so when both are off, the microphone is for all purposes an original R-122. The switches are located on the back of the microphone and recessed to prevent accidental activation.


Features:

• Phantom powered circuitry provides high output and impedance matching
• -15 dB pad before the mics electronics gives more headroom when activated.
• Bass cut filter reduces proximity effect and bass below 100 Hz when activated
• High SPL Capabilities
• No distortion up to maximum SPL rating
• Extremely low residual noise
• Ribbon element is not affected by heat or humidity
• Absence of high frequency phase distortion
• Equal sensitivity from front or back of element
• Consistent frequency response regardless of distance
• Rear side of mic records slightly brighter when three feet or closer to sound source

Two Mics in One

Due to the patented offset ribbon transducer, the back of the R-122 MKll records slightly brighter than the front side at distances of three feet and closer. This can be extremely useful for recording acoustic guitars, vocals, drum overheads and other sound sources that you may want a slightly brighter response on.

Exceptional Recording

The faster transient response and larger size of the MKII's audio transformer translates into more open highs and a tighter, more focused low end response. These characteristics make the R-122 MKll an exceptional choice for drum overheads, many acoustic instruments, percussion, strings, piano, standup bass and vocals.

As with all Royer ribbons, pushing up the faders on your ribbon-recorded tracks at mixdown is a revelation. When your tracks sound natural and real, there's nothing to fight or "fix" and instruments drop into the mix easily.

The Pad

The R-122 MKII's switchable -15 dB pad is positioned before the microphones electronics and, when engaged, eliminates any potential for headroom-related distortion on even the loudest sound sources. Once levels are matched, the R-122 MKll reproduces sound exactly the same with the pad in as with the pad out.

The Bass Cut

When switched in, the R-122 MKlls bass cut starts filtering at 100 Hz, 6 dB per octave, effectively reducing the mics bass buildup due to proximity effect. This smooth filter is extremely useful on vocals, many acoustic instruments, and close-miked electric guitars when less bottom end is desired.

The R-122 MKlls electronics are hand-wired in our Burbank, CA factory. The microphone utilizes a special Royer-designed toroidal transformer that delivers a faster transient response then traditional ribbons, making it a first call ribbon mic for drum overheads, percussion and all acoustic instruments.

Gain


Conventional ribbon microphones need high-quality, high-gain microphone preamplifiers to record softer sound sources. The R-122 MKlls output level is much higher, allowing you to use practically any mic preamplifier or board pre's to record even the quietest sounds. The R-122 MKll contains a fully balanced, hand-wired, discrete head amplifier system utilizing a specially wound toroidal transformer and ultra-low noise FET's. This system is extremely quiet and brings the R-122 MKll's sensitivity to 37 dB, all while allowing for high SPL recording! Go ahead and plug a MKII into any preamp with average gain - you'll get full Royer performance and enough level to drive any recording medium.

There is no increase in self-noise in the R-122 MKII's higher sensitivity. All of the mics additional output comes from its large, specially wound toroidal transformer - that wonderful thing called "free gain." The phantom powered circuitry provides impedance conversion only, adding no noise of its own.

Impedance Matching


The R-122 MK's active electronics put a perfect load on the ribbon element at all times, allowing the microphone to deliver its full sonic potential regardless of the input characteristics of the following pre. Due to its low-impedance output, R-122's can be used on extremely long cable runs with minimal signal loss. In addition, the ribbon element can't be damaged by phantom power, miswired cables or electrical glitches.

Patented Offset Ribbon Technology


The R-122's proprietary offset ribbon transducer (Patent # 6,434,252) positions the ribbon element closer to the front (logo) side of the microphone. This configuration gives the ribbon more room to move within the prime magnetic field while maintaining full frequency response during high SPL recordings. It's an integral piece of the magic of all Royer R-series microphones.

Specifications:

Acoustic Operating Principle: Electrodynamic pressure gradient with active electronics.
Polar Pattern: Figure-8
Generating Element: 2.5-micron aluminum ribbon
Magnets: Rare Earth Neodymium
Frequency Response: 30 - 15,000 Hz 3 dB
Sensitivity: -36 dB (re. 1v/pa 1 dB)
Switchable Pad: -15 dB
Switchable Bass Cut: 100 Hz (6 dB per octave)
Self-Noise: < 18 dB
Output Impedance: 200 Ohms, balanced
Output Connector: Male XLR 3-pin (Pin 2 Hot)
Rated Load Impedance: 1K-Ohm minimum
Maximum SPL: 135 dB @ 30 Hz
Power Requirements: 48-Volt Phantom Only
Supply Current: 4 mA
Dimensions: 206mm L X 25mm W (8 1/8 L X 1 W)
Weight: 309 grams (10.9 oz)
Finish: Burnished Satin Nickel
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