OUR PART # R121-LIVE-MP
Royer's studio mic offers flexibility and versatility. The R-121 Live is an R-121 with a thicker ribbon designed for use on the live stage. Like most ribbons, the Royer R-121 Live's pattern is figure 8, its sensitivity is roughly equal to a good dynamic mic, and it exhibits a warm, realistic tone and flat frequency response. But when it came to design time, Royer took a fresh approach to ribbons using advanced materials and cutting edge construction techniques. The R-121 Live redefines ribbon microphones, bringing the Royer sound that's quickly becoming legendary to live stages everywhere.
Royer ribbon mics are figure-8, picking up sound from the front and rear of the microphone, and rejecting sounds approaching from the left and right sides of the mic, the top of the mic, and the bottom of the mic. These are extremely effective dead zones that engineers use to isolate instruments by positioning the mics in such a way that the dead zones face, and cancel, offending sound sources.
There's a lot of sound on a live stage and you can't entirely control for off-axis information getting into microphones, even ribbons. Most microphones color off-axis information in highly unflattering ways, which is why bleed can sound so nasty. Ribbons don't color off-axis information, so any bleed that manages to get into your onstage Royers will sound natural, not harsh or colored.