Royer Labs R-122V


Royer R-122V: A Tube Ribbon Microphone for Unrivaled Sonic Excellence

The R-122V stands at the pinnacle of Royer’s R-Series line, offering a world-class tube ribbon microphone that sets new standards for richness, depth, and detail, especially in the midrange frequencies. This microphone delivers an unparalleled sonic experience, marked by lushness and clarity that must be heard to be fully appreciated.

Key Features

  • Tube Technology: Incorporates vacuum tube electronics into the proven transducer system used in the R-121 and R-122, offering exceptional headroom and clarity.
  • Low-Noise Vacuum Tube: Features a low-noise, triode-connected military-grade 5840 vacuum tube that provides superb transient response.
  • Dedicated Power Supply: Comes with a dedicated power supply to ensure optimal performance and drive capabilities.
  • Fully Balanced Output: Electrically isolated with a special-purpose Jensen output transformer to virtually eliminate induced noise.
  • High SPL Handling: Capable of handling high SPLs without distortion, suitable for capturing loud sources.
  • Impedance Matching: Impedance matching circuitry allows versatile use with various mic preamps without gain or impedance concerns.
  • Offset Ribbon Technology: Features Royer’s patented offset ribbon transducer, placing the ribbon element closer to the front side for enhanced SPL handling.


  • Orchestral miking, both close and distant
  • Strings – solo & sections
  • Acoustic Piano, Harp, etc.
  • Electric Guitar
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Vocals, Commercial Broadcast, Voice Over
  • Brass, Horn Sections
  • Drum Overheads, Room Miking
  • Percussion Instruments
  • Acoustic Operating Principle: Electrodynamic pressure gradient with vacuum tube electronics.
  • Vacuum Tube: JAN mil-spec 5840W pentode wired in triode configuration
  • Polar Pattern: Figure-8
  • Generating Element: 2.5-micron aluminum ribbon
  • Magnets: Rare Earth Neodymium
  • Frequency Response: 30 -15,000 Hz +/- 3dB
  • Sensitivity: -36 dB (re. 1v/pa +/- 1 dB)
  • Self-Noise: < 18 dB
  • Output Impedance: 200 Ohms, balanced
  • Rated Load Impedance: 1 K-Ohm
  • Maximum SPL: >135dB SPL @ 20 Hz
  • Power Requirements: Plate supply: 135 VDC @2ma, Filament supply: 6 VDC@ 150ma from dedicated power supply.
  • Dimensions: 206mm L, 25mm W (8 1/8 ” L, 1″ W)
  • Weight: 300g (10.9 oz )
  • Finish: Dull Satin Nickel/Matte Black Chrome (optional)