Royer Vs. AEA Ribbon Mics?

Discussion in 'Microphones & Recording' started by rmccam, Nov 22, 2004.

  • Royer ribbon microphones - Why?

    Simply put, when you put a quality ribbon mic on an instrument, voice, or other sound source, what you hear on playback is closer to real sound in nature than with any other kind of microphone.

  1. rmccam

    rmccam Guest

    Hi,

    I am looking into picking up either a Royer 121 or an AEA R84 ribbon mic to use mainly on electric guitars - but versatility is always good. Has anyone tried the two side by side? Does anyone have any insights on the similarities/differences?

    Thanks!

    Ryan
     
  2. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

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    Go over to http://www.3daudioinc.com and ask over there. There are quite a few owners of both models there.
     
  3. Nathan_Eldred

    Nathan_Eldred Active Member

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    These mics are very different.

    The 121 has what I would describe as a more "modern" sound. More midrange upfront (generally in the 1K area), less lows than the R84 and less extreme highs.

    The R84 has a more mellow and relaxed feel, more low end than the 121, and slightly more air (above 10k) than the 121.

    So it depends on what you want to hear...each one excels in different ways.
     
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    sheet Well-Known Member

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    Nathan. I really like your website. What I like is the fact that you have taken the time to review products in their context. While all reviews can be summed up the same way at the end, yours are a step away from the norm.
     
  • Royer ribbon microphones - Why?

    Simply put, when you put a quality ribbon mic on an instrument, voice, or other sound source, what you hear on playback is closer to real sound in nature than with any other kind of microphone.

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