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Royer Labs Debuts R-101 Ribbon Microphone

Royer Labs in Burbank, Calif., introduces the R-101 ribbon microphone ($895 MSRP). Offering high SPL (sound pressure level) capabilities and extremely low residual noise, the R-101 is designed for both studio and live sound reinforcement applications.

The R-101 features multi-layered wind screening for superior protection from air blasts and plosives, promising excellent protection for the microphone’s ribbon element. This screening system is said to reduce proximity effect, facilitating closer miking with less bass buildup. Royer Labs states that the ribbon element has a smooth frequency response and phase linearity.

The R-101 incorporates Royer’s patented offset-ribbon technology and a low mass, 2.5-micron aluminum (99.9-percent pure) ribbon element. The ribbon transducer’s flux-frame and rare Earth Neodymium magnets are said to create a powerful magnetic field that increases sensitivity while reducing stray magnetic radiation.

The offset-ribbon design of the new R-101 positions the ribbon element towards the front of the microphone body, allowing for higher SPL handling on the front (logo) side of the microphone and the option of a brighter response when recording lower SPL sound sources on the microphone’s back side. Royer states that the R-101 can withstand 135dB SPL @ 30 Hz.

Royer Labs adds that the R-101 has no internal electronics to overload or produce distortion up to the microphone’s maximum SPL rating and that the ribbon element is not affected by heat or humidity.

The R-101 ships with a heavy-duty protective carrying case, a suspension-type shock-mount, and a mic sock. Royer Labs expects to ship the R-101 in early September 2010.

For more information, visit Royer Labs’ R-101 page.