Monster Magnet

Drums (Room) – 2 R-121’s
Electric Guitars – R-121

Engineer – Randy Staub. Producer – Matt Hyde
Recorded at Warehouse Studios – Vancouver, B.C.

R-121’s on electric guitars and two R-121’s as drum room mics.

“Heads Explode” (© Dave Wyndorf)

Fab Dupont / Will Knox

Acoustic Guitar – SF-1
Violin – R-121
Banjo – SF-2
Standup Bass – R-122
Drum Overhead – SF-24
Drums, Tom-Toms – R-122
Drums, Kick – R-122V
Drums, Hi-Hat – R-121

Producer: Fab Dupont.  Engineer: Meredith McCandless

When our friend Fab Dupont set out to record singer/songwriter Will Knox’s album “The Matador And The Acrobat” with engineer Meredith McCandless, they decided to track the album entirely with Royer ribbons (except for a condenser on Will’s vocal and a dynamic on the snare). Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the recording process that Fab and company so kindly put together for us.

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Vocals & Guitar: Will Knox
Violin: Clayton Mathews
Banjo: Kyle James Houser
Standup Bass: Chris Anderson
Drums: Timur Yusef

Visit Fab’s website at www.fabulousfab.com. Visit Flux Studios at www.fluxstudios.net.

Puremix.net is an educational website featuring a wide assortment of videos on recording, mixing, mastering and much more. Puremix.net was created by Fab Dupont; his partners in Puremix now include Ben Lindell and Ryan West.

 

Lukas Rossi and Kenny Aronoff

Drum Overhead – SF-24
Drum Rooms – SF-24, R-122V, R-122
Electric Guitar – R-121

Recorded by Ross Hogarth
Recorded at Sweetwater Studios, Ft. Wayne IN

Grammy winning Producer/Engineer Ross Hogarth gives a seminar on his techniques for recording drums and electric guitars with ribbon mics, showing mic placements and letting us hear mixed and isolated ribbon-recorded tracks.

Drums – Kenny Aronoff
Full mix, conversation about drum mic placement, then isolated ribbon-recorded tracks.
“Dreamer” (Lukas Rossi)
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Electric Guitar – Lukas Rossi
Full mix, conversation about electric guitar mic placement, then isolated ribbon-recorded tracks.
“Dreamer” (Lukas Rossi)
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Lily Wilde And Her Jumpin’ Jubilee Orchestra

Brass – R-121
Drums – R-121

Recorded and mixed by Craig Brock. Produced by Tom Royer and Craig Brock.
Recorded at Whitehorse Studios, Portland, OR.

Two R-121’s capturing all the brass and drums in a live room (drums also have a single KM-84 small diaphragm condenser mic blended in, hung four feet above the snare).

From the Lil Tom Tom, Inc. release “Insect Ball”.

“Mister Five By Five” (© D. Raye & G. DePaul)

Cannon

Vocals – R-121
Acoustic Guitar – R-121
Drum overheads – R-121

Producer: Shawn Sullivan. Engineer: Kyle Homme.
Recorded to Pro Tools at World Class Audio, Anaheim, CA.

One backward R-121 on vocals and acoustic guitars. Two R-121’s on drum overheads.

Sean Sullivan was the original discoverer of the backward R-121 recording technique. Due to our patented offset ribbon element, the back side of the microphone is slightly brighter than the front side when placed within 3 ft of any sound source.

“Again” (Dan Sistos & Jevon McGlory)


Roger Wojahn & Scott Wojahn – Commercial Scores

Percussion – R-121
Electric Guitar – R-121
Violin – R-121
Drum Overheads – SF-12

Recorded and mixed by Steve Kempster.

Song 1. R-121’s on all percussion instruments and brass. SF-12 stereo ribbon mic on drum overhead.
Recorded to Sony 4038 (16-bit) at Signet Sound, Hollywood, CA. 

1. Commercial (Roger Wojahn & Scott Wojahn)

 
 

Song 2. R-121’s on all percussion instruments, guitars and violin. SF-12 stereo ribbon mic on drum overhead. 
Recorded on a Sony 3348 (16-bit) at Village Recorders, Los Angeles, CA.

2. Commercial (Roger Wojahn & Scott Wojahn)

Kevin Shepard – Drum Tracks

Kick Drum –  R-121
Drum Overhead – SF-12
Comparison Tracks

Engineer: Roger Summers
Recorded at Royaltone Studios, Burbank, CA

Session drummer Kevin Shepard playing a Gretsch kit in a large iso booth.

Recording chain: all mics through Neve console preamps, recorded directly to DAT.

 
1. Kick Drum/Room – one R-121 three feet from the front head.

 
 

2. SF-12 overhead, lightly EQ’d to open up highs.

 

3.  C-24 overhead (same position as the SF-12, for comparison)

 

4.  SF-1’s overhead, lightly EQ’d.
(The SF-1 is discontinued, but the active SF-2 sounds identical and has higher output.)

 
 

5.  SF-12 overhead (lightly EQ’d) and one R-121 three feet off the kick drum.

 
 

6. SF-12 overhead and one R-121 three feet off the kick drum. Same track as #5, but with no EQ.

Kick Drum

Kick Drum – R-121

R-121 – 10 inches high and 20 inches off the front kick drum head. The microphone was leaned forward 45 degrees to take advance of the mic’s null points and isolate the kick drum from the rest of the kit.

Engineer – Les Camacho.
Recorded at Cornerstone Studios – Chatsworth, CA.

 


Steve Albini

Microphone Comparisons

Saxophone – R-121, Coles 4038
Trumpet – R-121, Neumann U-67, RCA 77DX
Acoustic Guitars (Steel String, Nylon String, 12-String) – R-121, Schoeps 221B
Electric Guitar – R-121, SM-57, Coles 4038 (being overstressed)
Drums – R-121

Recorded by Steve Albini
Recorded at Electrical Audio, Chicago, IL.

In Royer’s early days, when many people didn’t understand ribbon microphones, Steve Albini was kind enough to make a number of educational recordings for us which we included on our first demonstration CD. Steve is a well-known, well-respected engineer who has plenty of experience with ribbon mics and thousands of engineers and producers have learned from these comparison recordings over the years.

Tape Op Magazine reviewed our Demo CD #1 and said this about Steve’s recordings:
“The ‘something special’ though is the Microphone Comparisons with Steve Albini at the end of the CD. Steve goes through and compares the R-121 to other mics (Coles 4038, SM57, etc.) and provides us with his wonderful dry commentary. We love ya Steve! Truly one of our favorite CDs at the studio these days.” -LC

All of Steve’s comparison tracks are here, along with his original commentary.

Saxophone (Coles 4038, R-121, close R-121, distant R-121)


 

Trumpet (Neuman U-67, R-121, RCA 77DX)


 

Acoustic Guitar (Steel string – Schoeps 221B, R-121 / Nylon string – Schoeps
221B, R-121 / 12-string – tube condenser, R-121, condenser and R-121 blended)


 

Electric Guitar (SM-57, R-121 / Coles 4038 being overstressed)


 

Drums


Canaan

Acoustic Guitar (nylon and steel string) – R-121
Drum Overhead – SF-12
Vocals – R-121

Engineer – Kyle Homme. Producer – Shawn Sullivan.
Recorded in Pro Tools at World Class Audio, Anaheim, CA.

Backward R-121 on steel and nylon string acoustic guitars.
SF-12 on drum overheads.
Backward R-121 on vocals.

“Again” (©2000 Dan Sistos & Jevon McGlory)
a) Full Mix part 1 – emphasis on vocals and acoustic guitar


 

 

b) Full Mix part 2 – emphasis on nylon string guitar and drums