Royer Labs R-10 ribbon micRoyer Labs has launched the R-10 ribbon microphone for both studio and live use.

Hand-built in the company’s Burbank, California factory, the R-10 features a 2.5-micron ribbon element (identical to the company’s R-121) and a David Royer custom-designed transformer. Its ribbon transducer is wired for humbucking to reject electromagnetically induced noise. It handles SPLs of up to 160dB at 1kHz.

The R-10 incorporates the three-layer protective windscreen system and internally-shockmounted ribbon transducer developed for Royer’s R-101 ribbon microphone. The microphone’s windscreen provides protection from air blasts and plosives while simultaneously reducing proximity effect enabling guitar cabinets and acoustic instruments to be close-miked with less bass build-up. Equally notable, the microphone’s internally mounted ribbon transducer isolates the ribbon element from shocks and vibrations, thus increasing the ribbon element’s durability.

The R-10’s David Royer custom-designed transformer minimises saturation at extremely high SPLs, making it effectively impossible to overload the microphone. The open grille design minimises standing waves and associated comb filtering effects.

‘With its high SPL capabilities, the R-10 is not only a great choice for miking studio and live electric guitars; it’s equally at home capturing trumpets, trombones and saxophones without the harshness or sizzle commonly encountered when condenser mics are used on these instruments,’ says Royer VP of Sales & Marketing, John Jennings. ‘It’s also a great choice for drums and piano, and also makes an excellent choice for vocals, violins, nylon-stringed acoustic guitars, and other stringed instruments. With its highly competitive price point, I’m confident this microphone will prove invaluable to anyone who has ever wanted a Royer ribbon microphone.’

The Royer Labs R-10 ribbon microphone ships in a foam-lined, protective aluminium case and includes a microphone mount and mic sock. Its street price is US$499.


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