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Jeff Trott Records With Royer Labs R-121 Ribbon Mics

Songwriter/producer/musician Jeff Trott (pictured) used Royer Labs R-121 ribbon mics to capture acoustic and electric guitar tracks for new albums by Broken Halo Records artist Shotgun Honeymoon and Network Records artist Griffin House.

“Both the Shotgun Honeymoon and Griffin House CDs are slated for release in the second or third quarter of 2007,” Trott says. “On both records, I used the Royer R-121 extensively for recording guitar, and I’ve been extremely pleased with its performance. I’ve had tremendous results with the mic by placing it roughly a foot away from the acoustic guitar’s 12th fret. I’ve also used my Royers to capture other string instruments, such as cello and mando-cello, a baritone mandolin with the same tuning as a violoncello. I’ve been close-miking these instruments using a single R-121. I find by working with a mono-channel recording, I get greater clarity and control during mixing.”

For recording the electric guitar, Trott positions the R-121 closer than most engineers typically do to capture a true room sound. “I think this would be best described as more of a quasi-room sound,” Trott says, “as the R-121 is back about a foot from the loudspeaker, with another mic positioned directly at the cone of the amp’s loudspeaker. This is a really nice combination, as the Royer adds more depth to the guitar sound.”

For the Shotgun Honeymoon record, Trott used the R-121 to record the cajón (an Afro-Peruvian hand drum) and other percussion instruments. He says that the R-121 ably handles sharp attack transients. “The R-121 does a great job of filtering some of the nasty high-end artifacts that can sneak in when recording percussion. I find the microphone makes the percussion just a shade darker, and in rounding off the high end, the sound is considerably more pleasing to the ear. The R-121 takes the harshness off the high end, enabling the recording to have a fuller, more musical tone.”

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