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Royer Labs R-122 Live

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  • MSRP: $1,895


R-122 Live Documentation

R-122 Live Awards

BidirectionalRoyer Labs R-122 Live

Bidirectional Active Ribbon Microphone

The R-122 Live is an active ribbon microphone. Like the rest of the “Live series,” it is intended for stage use.

The mic is identical to the standard R-122 in every respect but two:

  • The “Live” ribbon element is made of thicker aluminum (4 micron vs. 2.5 micron).
  • The Royer logo badge on the front of the microphone is red, rather than green.

Like the other Royer “R series” ribbons, the R-122 Live uses the company’s patented “offset ribbon” design. The R-122 and R-122 Live share sensitivity and frequency-response specifications.

Curiously, the max SPL rating for the R-122 Live is the same as the standard R-122, despite the use of stronger ribbon material. Both are rated at “>135dB @ 20Hz.” Note that this spec is for the front side of the microphone only.

Royer Labs

[R]ecordings [made with] the rear side [of the microphone] should not exceed 115dB SPL. When tracking loud sounds on the front side, the R-122’s offset-ribbon design allows ample space for rearward excursions of the ribbon element. However, tracking on the back side causes the ribbon to move forward towards the front side of the microphone, where the internal dampening screen is much closer to the ribbon element. Rear-side recordings of loud, low-frequency sounds, or vocalists with no pop filter, can drive the ribbon into the front dampening screen, creating noise and possibly damaging the ribbon element. Limit back side recording on your R-122 to lower SPL sound sources.

Royer’s Live series won the 2008 TEC award in the “Microphone Technology/Sound Reinforcement” category.

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The mic was released in 2008.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Bidirectional (14.1 mV/Pa; 30 - 15,000 Hz)
Ribbon Construction Impedance SPL/Noise
4-micron, 3/16''x1.75'' offset aluminum ribbon 200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 135 dB
Self-noise: 20.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
309g (10.90oz) 206mm (8.11'') 25mm (0.98'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48v

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