Royer Labs R-10 Large Element Mono Ribbon Microphone

Royer brings the ribbon-mic revolution to the masses with this affordable USA-made workhorse. High SPL handling makes the R-10 a natural on loud guitar amps!

The Royer R-10 is a passive mono ribbon microphone designed for use in the studio and on live stages. Hand-built in Royer Labs' Burbank California factory, the R-10's sound, and performance are all-Royer and it handles SPLs of up to 160 dB @ 1 kHz.

The R-10's compact size and mounting system allow for flexible, unobtrusive positioning.

The R-10's 2.5-micron aluminum ribbon element is formed with Royer Labs' patented direct-corrugation process and is protected by a 3-layer windscreen system and internally shock-mounted ribbon transducer. The ribbon transducer is wired for humbucking to reject electromagnetically induced noise.

The R-10's built-in windscreen provides superior protection from air blasts and plosives. It also reduces proximity effect (bass buildup from close miking) so guitar cabinets and acoustic instruments can be close-miked with less bass buildup. The R-10's internally shockmounted ribbon transducer isolates the ribbon element from shocks and vibrations, increasing the ribbon element's durability.

The R-10 utilizes a David Royer custom-designed transformer for high overload threshold, minimizing saturation at even extremely high sound pressure levels. You'll never overload an R-10! The mic's open grill design minimizes standing waves and associated comb-filtering effects and its smooth frequency response, phase linearity and lack of self-distortion make it ideal for all digital recording and live sound formats.

The Sound

Royer ribbon mics are legendary read more on electric guitar and the R-10 shows some of its best stuff on studio and live electrics, capturing all the low end, midrange warmth and punch guitarists and engineers have come to expect from a Royer. If you want more bite in the highs but don't want to multi-mic (particularly on live stages where blending microphones can create phase-related problems), the R-10 takes EQ beautifully and Royer suggest experimenting with your favorite EQ unit or plugin.

The R-10 is excellent on brass and can handle close-miked trumpets, trombones, and other brass instruments. Brass records naturally on an R-10, as bright as the musician plays but without the added sizzle or harshness commonly experienced when condenser mics are used on brass instruments.

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Drums are full-bodied with realistic (not over-hyped) transients response, and the R-10's figure-8 pattern conveys superb ambience and depth when used for room miking applications. A compressed R-10 in front of the kit sounds huge and punchy.

R-10 recordings of violins, ukuleles, steel-stringed and nylon-stringed acoustic guitars, banjos, and other stringed instruments are warmth and natural and fit into mixes easily. "Airing out" the recorded track by opening up a bit of 12K with an EQ often gives surprisingly good results.

Vocals record warm and naturally on an R-10, and the EQ-friendliness of the R-10 allows for dialing in completely different sounds with liberal use of EQ.
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-Acoustic Operating Principle: Electrodynamic pressure gradient
-Polar Pattern: Figure-8
-Generating Element: 2.5-micron aluminum ribbon
-Magnets: Rare Earth Neodymium (Grade 52)
-Frequency Response: 30Hz-15,000Hz +/- 3dB
-Sensitivity: -54dBv (re. 1v/pa)
-Output Impedance: 100 Ohms
-Maximum SPL: 135dB @ 50 Hz, 160dB @ 1kHz
-Recommended Load Impedance: 700 Ohms (or greater)
-Output Connector: Male XLR 3-pin (Pin 2 Hot)
-Length Including Mounting Base: 5 7/8 inches (149 mm)
-Width: 1 3/8 inches (35 mm)
-Weight: 13 oz (368 grams)
-Accessories: RM-10 Microphone Holder, Mic Sock, Carrying Case
-Microphone: Adjustable Swivel Mount (Black)
-Microphone Warranty: Five Year, First Re-ribbon free in first year
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Single Microphone
Shipping Weight: 2.68 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): R-10
Bundle, Single Microphone with dBooster R-DB20
Shipping Weight: 3.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): R-10-dB20-BNDL
Shipping Weight: 4.27 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 9 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): R-10-MP
Bundle, Pair with dBooster2 R-DB22
Shipping Weight: 5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 8 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): R-10-MP-DB22-BNDL

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 818-847-0121

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