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 back side 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)

John Thomas

Acoustic Guitar – SF-12, R-121

Recorded by Dusty Wakeman
Recorded at Mad Dog Studios – Burbank, CA.

First rhythm track recorded on an SF-12 stereo ribbon mic (in mixing, one side was centered and the other was panned to left). Harmony/solo track was recorded on a backward R-121, panned toward the right.
The guitar is a Taylor 512 cutaway.

Recorded to 20-bit ADAT. No EQ, compression or effects.

John Thomas


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

Shawn Sullivan

Acoustic Guitar – R-121

Engineer: Shawn Sullivan
Recorded in Pro Tools at World Class Audio – Anaheim, CA

Two tracks of acoustic guitar, each recorded with a backward R-121.

John March

Acoustic Guitar – R-121
Electric Guitar – Jazz, Blues – R-121

Recorded and performed by John March.
Recorded in Pro Tools at John’s home studio.

1) “Maya’s Other Dance” (©2000 John March)
Martin D-35 with a backward R-121 placed approximately 2 feet from the sound hole, slightly closer to the neck, 20 degrees off-axis.



2) Improv.
Strat through a Line-6 amplifier in a hallway (you hear some natural single-coil hum).
R-121 centered 18-inches from the speaker, 10-degrees off axis.

John Jennings

Comparison tracks
Acoustic Guitar – R-121, Backward R-121

Recorded by Jeff Gross
Recorded in Cubase at Studio 144, Tarzana, CA.

“Give Me A Reason” (John Jennings)
R-121 front side on Taylor 512, 8-inches off the 12th fret


“Give Me A Reason” (John Jennings)
Backward R-121 on Taylor 512, 8-inches off the 12th fret

Robert Cray

Electric Guitar – R-121
Vocals – R-121

Recorded and mixed by Don Smith. Produced by Steve Jordan.
Recorded at Woodland Studios, Nashville, TN
From the Rycodisc, Inc. release “Shoulda Been Home.”

1) “Baby’s Arms” (Robert Cray)
R-121 on electric guitar.


2) “Help Me Forget” (Robert Cray)
Backward R-121 on vocals. R-121 on electric guitars.

Andy Georges

Acoustic Guitar – R-121
Baritone Acoustic Guitar – SF-24
Vocals – R-121
Electric Guitar – R-121
Percussion – R-121

Multi-Instrumental Musician/Engineer/Producer Andy Georges worked at Royer Labs for years and remains a good friend of the company. He created many recordings at home and in Los Angeles studios and you’ll find much of his work in this Library.

1) “My Guitar is on Fire” (Andy Georges)

Recorded and mixed by Andy Georges
Recorded at Andy’s home studio.

SF-24 on an acoustic baritone guitar, ten inches from the 12th fret, blended with a piezo pickup. SF-24 80%, piezo 20% in the mix.

Recording chain: SF-24 into a Royer custom built class A tube preamp. Piezo into a Motu 828 preamp. Compression on both mic and piezo. High shelving roll-off on piezo starting at 4K. Recorded into Digital Performer.


2) “Sleep Easy Hutch R” (Alex Wurman)

Recorded and mixed by Alex Wurman

R-121 turned backwards on an acoustic guitar.


3) “Music Of The Speres” (Andy Georges)
Recorded to Digital Performer and mixed by Andy Georges in his home studio. Vocals and all instruments tracked on a backward R-121.

Jim Lauderdale – Full Mix & Isolated Tracks

Dobro – R-121

Produced, recorded and mixed by Randy Kohrs
Recorded at Slack Key Studio, Nashville TN.

Recording chain: R-121 and Mojave Audio MA-200 through V-72 Telefunken preamps, high passed at 128 (no other eq). Mild 2 to 1 compression with Kjaerhus Gold compressor.  Recorded to Nuendo 3.

“This Is the Last Time (I’m Ever Going to Hurt)” (Blackmon, Lauderdale)

a) Full Mix


b) Isolated Dobro: miked with backward R-121 left position and Mojave Audio MA-200 right position, 8 inches from the guitar for depth.


c) Full Mix, Section 2:


d) Isolated Dobro: miked with backward R-121 left position and Mojave Audio MA-200 right position, 8 inches from the guitar for depth.