Tim Pierce – Recording Electric Guitar With A Royer R-122V

Tim Pierce has been one of LA’s most prolific and in-demand session guitarists for decades. In this video Tim walks us through his basic home recording techniques (including gear used), builds guitar layers on a track, and demonstrates how he mixes a Royer R-122V and a Shure SM57 to shape and record his guitar tones.


In this video (#2 of 3) Tim digs into some great Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan electric guitar tones, demonstrating how he blends an R-122V and an SM57 to capture all the tone and power his 4×12 cabinet is kicking out.


Tim Pierce – Recording Heavy Rock Electric Guitar with an R-122V and SM57, #3 of 3 video series
In the final video of this 3-video series, Tim plays HEAVY detuned electric guitar and also does some screaming solos. Have some fun and turn this one up loud! Tim shows how he blends an R-122V and an SM57 to capture all the crunch and power of these styles.

FOH Engineer Kevin Madigan using an R-10 & R-121 on live electric guitars

When Lana Del Ray played the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, FOH engineer Kevin Madigan and guitar tech Carl Lewis took us behind the scenes to show us how they’re using R-10 and R-121 ribbons on the electric guitars. In this video they talk about the sonic impact ribbon mics have on the overall FOH sound and the better musical experience ribbons provide for in-ear monitor users.

Royer Factory Tour

Royer Labs President Rick Perrotta gives a video tour of our Burbank CA factory. Come inside and see how we build ribbon microphones!
Thanks to Musician’s Friend for the video.

Maja And David – Fiddles & Foot Percussion

Maja & David – Fiddles & Foot Percussion

Fiddles both miked with SF-2 ribbon microphones.
Foot percussion – Mojave Audio MA-100 microphones

Signal Chain:
All mics to Universal Audio 8p’s using Neve 1073 mic pre plug-ins. A/D conversion done in the 8p. Recorded to Pro Tools. Recorded in a Kansas City hotel room during Folk Alliance.

Engineers: Dan Ankney and Nathan Heironimus

Maja Kjær Jacobsen and David Boulanger lay down some great fiddle and foot percussion. Things really get moving around 1:30 into the video. Hard to believe this is two people playing when you hear it! 

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Andrew Synowiec – Vibey Acoustic Instruments

Session musician Andrew Synowiec recording acoustic instruments in his House of Syn Studio. 

All instruments recorded on a pair of R-122 MKll ribbon mics

1) Acoustic Guitar, Nylon String
2) Bouzouki
3) Dobro
4) Taylor Acoustic Guitar
5) Charango 

6) Ukulele
7) Martin Acoustic Guitar
8) Baritone Acoustic Guitar
9) 12-String Acoustic Guitar

Audio Chain:
Two R-122 MKIIs mounted on a stereo bar, using the rear side of both mics with bass cut switches engaged. Both mics fed into a Manley Force mic preamp (high pass filter at 120hz), into a TK Audio stereo equalizer with 2db of boost at 12k, into a TK Audio stereo compressor set to a 2:1 ratio with very slow attack and release times and less than 2db of gain reduction. Pro Tools AIR Reverb. 

 

In this video, Los Angeles session guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Synowiec demonstrates how he uses two R-122 MKll’s, permanently mounted on a movable stereo bar, to record all of his acoustic instruments in his Los Angeles based George Augspurger-designed House of Syn Studio.

Visit www.andrewsynowiec.com to learn more or to contact Andrew.

Here are 16-bit WAV files of each of the instruments in this video. 

Acoustic Guitar, Nylon String

Bouzouki

Dobro

Taylor Acoustic Guitar

Charango

 

Ukulele

Martin Acoustic Guitar

Baritone Acoustic Guitar

12-String Acoustic Guitar

Greg Wells on Recording With Royer Ribbon Microphones

Producer, mixer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist – Greg Wells has an amazing body of work, with songs on over 85 million units sold to date. In this video Greg explains how he uses ribbon mics in the studio every day and how important they are to his work.

A partial list of artists Greg has produced and written for include Katy Perry, Adele, OneRepublic, Keith Urban, Twenty One Pilots, Mika, Timbaland, Deftones, Celine Dion, Rufus Wainwright, Idina Menzel, Holychild.

Special note:
The music in this video was something Greg wrote, played all instruments on, and recorded one morning (!) to test mics and sounds in his studio. Royer’s John Jennings heard it that day and liked it so much he asked if he could have a copy, so Greg called it “Rawk Out For John” and sent it over. Killer groove and sound – just Greg getting down. Turn it up!

Darlingside

Recorded live at the Folk Alliance Convention, in the Sweetwater/Royer/Mojave Pop-Up Studio

Stereo Room Mic – SF-24
Cello – SF-2
Violin & Violinist Vocal – SF-2
Acoustic Guitar (left, into small guitar amplifier) – R-122V
Foot Taps – Mojave Audio MA-100’s
Acoustic guitar (right) – Mojave MA-300
Vocals – Mojave Audio MA-1000, MA-300, MA-301

Darlingside came into our Pop-Up studio with a few friends and a ton of energy, worked out the final details of the song on the spot, then killed it in this beautiful take.

Engineers: Dan Ankney, Nathan Heironimus
Mixed by Dan Ankney

Recording Chain: Royer Labs and Mojave Audio microphones fed into Universal Audio 8p’s. Recorded to Pro Tools.
Sweetwater Studios, Royer Labs and Mojave Audio set up a portable Pop-Up studio in a hotel conference room at the 2016 Folk Alliance Convention in Kansas City and recorded a number of artists and groups attending.

Darlingside “Birds Say” (© Darlingside)

Camellia City Flute Choir

Flute Ensemble – one SF-24V and four SF-2’s

Produced, engineered and mixed by Frank Bevans. Video by Frank Bevans
Recorded at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Sacramento, CA for the Music at Noon Series.

Recording Chain: One SF-24V (over the conductor’s shoulder) and four SF-2’s (one at each corner of the stage). SF-24V into a Millennia HV-3C preamplifier. SF-2’s into Apogee Ensemble preamplifiers. All mics through Apogee Ensemble D/A converters, recorded to Apple Logic Pro.

Camellia City Flute Choir  –  http://camelliaflutes.com
Frank Bevans  –  http://www.fbphoto.com, Facebook

“Anyone in my position who needs to capture the delicate and beautiful sounds of the silver flutes has no choice but to record them with Royer microphones. Plain and simple. Nothing else comes close.”
-Frank Bevans
(For more of Frank’s comments on the recording process, scroll down to below the videos.)

Prelude from Suite Antique (John Rutter, arrangement by Robert Rainford)

Aria from Suite Antique (John Rutter, arrangement by Robert Rainford)

Waltz from Suite Antique (John Rutter, arrangement by Robert Rainford)

Notes from Frank on the preparation for these recordings:
“I remember that set-up being very gear intensive.
I brought: 3 video cameras. Monitors, lights, tripods, cords, cables, plugs.
Audio gear, laptop, preamp, A/D converter, microphones, stands, audio cords, sand bags.
A rolling table and chairs. Not to mention a camera and lights for a group photo and my black suit.

“The acoustics of this old church were remarkable.
No reverb or enhancing effects were added to this recording.
The beautiful sounds you hear are thanks to the wonderful talents of the musicians and the ability of these Royer microphones to capture the natural voices of the flutes.
It was an honor to record the audio and video of this live performance of the Camellia City Flute Choir.”

-Frank Bevans