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.

Sonny Landreth – Full Mix and Isolated Tracks

Live Electric Guitar – R-121

Engineer: Tony Daigle
Recorded live at Grant Street Dancehall, Lafayette LA.

Recording notes: Neve, UREI, API, Manley, Amek and PreSonus preamps. Recorded to Otari RADAR system with Nyquist converters.

Special thanks to Dave Klausner for getting us this track.

“Wind In Denver” (Sonny Landreth)

a) Live club mix


b) R-121 (close miked) & KM185 (at 3 ft) on a Dumble Overdrive Special amp


c) The R-121 in “b” alone


d) The KM185 in “b” alone


e) R-121 & 421 (both close miked) on Matchless DC30 amp


f) All four microphones combined (R-121 & KM185 on Dumble and R-121 & 421 on Matchless)




Matchbox Twenty in Concert – Live Mix & Isolated Tracks

Live Electric Guitar – R-121 Live

Recorded & mixed by FOH Engineer Jim Ebdon.
Recorded live at Melbourne Entertainment Center, Australia.

Recording chain: R-121’s into Digico preamps, via coax into Euphonix MADI converter into Digi192 Pro Tools. Recorded flat, no compression.

“Push” Live (Matt Serletic, Rob Thomas)

a) Full Mix


b) Electric Guitars: four cabinets (two cabs per guitarist) miked with R-121 Live mics.