From left: Tom Schlum, Capitol’s director, head of technology; Capitol staff engineer Steve Genewick; Paula Salvatore, Capitol’s senior director, studio; Al Schmitt; Royer Labs’ VP of sales, John Jennings; and Greg Parkin, Capitol’s director of operations, Studio & Mastering.
Capitol Studios, housed at the famed Capitol Records building in Hollywood, has added four new Royer R-122V vacuum tube ribbon microphones to its microphone locker. Capitol is a full-service facility that handles everything from tracking, scoring and stereo/surround sound mixing.
According to Greg Parkin, senior director of operations for Capitol Studios & Mastering, who oversees the management team and is in charge of equipment procurement, facilities and staff: “We’ve had a longstanding relationship with Royer Labs, and this is a relationship we are proud to be a part of. Many of the leading engineers in our industry, such as Al Schmitt, have been utilizing Royer microphones for years. We’ve also been involved in the testing of Royer’s prototype microphones. Our engineering staff regularly uses Royer microphones in their work, and when the opportunity to acquire additional Royer mics arose, they overwhelmingly requested the R-122Vs.”
“Being ribbon microphones, the Royers tend to add warmth to digital recordings, so they compliment the recording process very nicely,” explains staff engineer Steve Genewick, who frequently assists multiple Grammy Award–winning recording engineer/producer Al Schmitt. “We make every attempt to get the best sound possible on input, and the Royers are a big part of that process. Every Royer mic here at Capitol sounds spectacular. Like our other microphones, the new R-122Vs will be accessible to all our clients in all rooms. We’ve been using Royer mics for years and our clients really love them. We use these mics for a wide range of applications, including miking electric, jazz and acoustic guitars; as room mics for strings; as spot mics for woodwinds; on brass sections in big band sessions; and countless additional applications.”
“They’re working out great,” Genewick says of Capitol Studios’ new R-122Vs. “I just used them on some pre-record materials for the upcoming Rose Parade, and I also used them on a big band session on the trombones. They’re terrific.”
“Ribbon mics are essential in today’s digital recording environment,” says Schmitt, who was nominated twice this year for the Best Engineered Non-Classical Grammy. “I’ve tried them all, and Royers are the ribbons I always end up using. I own pair of R-122Vs, which are very special microphones that seem to add another dimension to the recording process. I’m glad Capitol will have more of them on hand, and I know they will be very well received by everyone who uses them.”