Royer Labs R-122V is the first commercially produced vacuum tube ribbon microphone available 04/09/06
Royer Labs have announced the R-122V Vacuum Tube Ribbon Microphone, the companyâ€™s newest addition to the venerable R-Series microphone line, is now shipping. The R-122V is a compact, monaural, bi-directional microphone, and is the first commercially produced vacuum tube ribbon microphone available.
A limited production vacuum tube studio ribbon microphone, the R-122V utilizes the same patented large-ribbon transducer assembly that is found in the R-121 and R-122 Active Ribbon microphonesâ€”providing a familiarity of sonic performance associated with the R-Series microphones. The R-122V exhibits a flat frequency response and a well-balanced soundfield, and provides an output of -37dB, which is approximately 13dB hotter than an R-121. Like its predecessors, the R-122V's ability to withstand high SPL levels makes it well suited for applications that were previously considered off limits to ribbon microphones.
The R-122V's offset-ribbon design positions the ribbon element toward the front of the microphone body. This design enables high SPL handling on the front (logo) side of the instrument, with the option of a slightly brighter response when recording via the microphoneâ€™s back side (3 feet and closer; phase reversed in this position).
The R-122V's active electronics utilize a NOS (new old stock) U.S. built, military 5840 triode-connected vacuum tube and Royer's proprietary toroidal ribbon matching transformer (patent pending). A Jensen 8:1 ratio output transformer provides an electrically isolated, fully-balanced output signal. The R-122V can drive virtually any preamplifier and long cable runs (from power supply to preamp) with ease. The active circuitry provides optimum impedance to the ribbon element at all times, preventing over-damping of the ribbon element and assuring consistent microphone performance. The R-122V receives an extensive burning in procedure to assure proper settling of the vacuum tube.
The R-122V employs a pure (99.99%), low mass, 2.5-micron thick aluminum ribbon. The R122V's unique, patented offset-ribbon transducer assembly incorporates rare earth Neodymium magnets in a specially designed flux frame, which forms a powerful magnetic field while reducing unwanted stray magnetic radiation. Royer say that the smooth frequency response and phase linearity of the R-122V, coupled with its classic triode-connected vacuum tube circuitry, enable the R-122V to deliver a consistent acoustic performance with stunning realism. Frequency response is excellent, regardless of the angle of sound striking the ribbon, and off-axis coloration is negligible.
Standard finish is a satin nickel body and black transducer (18-carat gold finish is optional), and the microphone comes in a camera style case with a dedicated power supply, a shock mount, and the included cable set is equipped with military grade locking type XLR connectors.
John Jennings, Royerâ€™s VP of Sales and Marketing commented on the companyâ€™s new offering, â€œThere is quite a bit of history behind this microphone. We actually developed vacuum tube ribbon microphones, including the R-122V, about a year before the release of the companyâ€™s phantom-powered active series. The vacuum tube ribbon mic designs were created specifically to establish an internal standard to compare the solid-state active mics against. With the introduction of the R-122V, weâ€™ve now come full circle.
The R-122Vâ€™s low end is extended and there is tremendous detail and depth in the midrange. Itâ€™s very lush sounding. It will perform well on a variety of applications, and it has the headroom to handle extremely loud sound sources, but we feel it is best utilized in classical and acoustic applications where capturing the subtleties, nuance, and depth of performances is most desired.â€� Pricing and Availability:
The new R-122V Vacuum Tube Ribbon Microphone carries a suggested retail price of $2,995.00 USD and is available now.