The new Royer R10

The new Royer R10
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#1

I don’t get excited about getting new gear that often anymore. Mostly I feel non plused by everything coming down the pipe. This is mostly because I feel pretty darn well equipped. I am highly considering getting a pair of the R10’s. Back when I sold off my vintage Neumann KM84’s it was with the intent of getting something else. I really haven’t needed anything else though. I have about three cheap ribbon mics that I use for guitars(in combination with a 57) and room mics. These ribbons are good for vibe but not anything critical. I am also sure the ribbons are getting stretched in them as there are some weird resonant frequencies. Also, I have read that most cheap ribbon mics aren’t tensioned correctly.

The make a long story longer. I have been wanting to get some quality ribbons to replace these al’ cheapos. I couldn’t justify spending money on 121’s or coles because I don’t have that big of a gap in my mic collection and frankly I can live without them. $1000 for two quality ribbons though gets my attention. Anyone else here have the R10?


#2

Just curious Paul, didn’t you go with Shure SM81’s to replace the KM84’s for OH’s? That was a long time ago on RR, but I clearly remember a conversation about it. I think you used them at least for awhile. Do you still use those or did you move on from them at some point?


#3

Good memory Stan Here is how it went. I didn’t buy the sm-81’s to replace the 84’s. I had way too many mics so I sold off a bunch. I sold my 3, 414’s, km84’s, 421’s and a ton of others. I was using the 81’s “in the meantime” and as I’ve used these I’ve been completely happy. With room mic’s and guitar cabs, I am feeling the need to upgrade though.


#4

I wasn’t familiar with the R10, I guess it’s pretty new. Looks like a 5-star rating on Sweetwater:

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/R10--royer-r-10-ribbon-microphone/reviews


#5

Paul,

Do you have a favorite preamp that you pair with your ribbons ? Ribbons usually require a preamp with a fair amount of gain.


#6

I use my console preamps. They have worked out for me just fine. D&R boards are dead quiet. If I decide to get the Royers I will invest in a couple cloud lifters because I would expect to use them on more sources than the cheapos I currently use.