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Royer Labs Expands Online Session Photos Archive

Archive provides insight into the art of capturing sound with ribbons (October 14, 2004)

Royer Labs, a leading manufacturer of high quality ribbon microphones, recently expanded its online Session Photos section. This special section of the Royer website not only serves as a valuable educational resource for miking applications, microphone positioning, and related studio techniques, but also sheds light on the fact that ribbon microphones are now being used in major venue live sound reinforcement applications. Site visitors are also treated to a library of downloadable MP3 files of leading engineers discussing their use of ribbon microphones, as well as snippets of ribbon-recorded music.

Among the numerous archives, Session Photos includes a section that details studio icon Bruce Swediens work with Royer R-122s being used as overhead mics for recording drummer Omar Hakim on a Jennifer Lopez recording session at The Hit Factory in New York. Swedien notes that when Hakim first heard all the captured detail of his tracks, ?Omar came into the control room, sat down and listened, and his eyes got as big as saucers. The sound was glorious.

Swedien also discusses his experience using the Royer R-121 in close amp miking applications for recording rock guitar?an application that was considered off limits to ribbon microphones until Royer released their high SPL handling R-121 in 1998. The numerous session photographs of Swedien, Al Schmitt, Ross Hogarth, Jerry Finn and others using Royer microphones for high SPL amp and drum miking to low SPL stand-up bass and piano miking serve as a valuable tool to help recording professionals and enthusiasts alike gain insight as to the best methods for obtaining the sound they want.

Session Photos music snippets are equally compelling. In the section that chronicles jazz guitarist Pat Kellys recording of his In the Moment CD, the MP3 sound files provide the opportunity to hear Kellys performances?both solo and ensemble. Theres an up-tempo clip that delightfully screams guitar and Hammond organ. The sound files are a wonderful sonic treat and provide real insight as to the abilities of Royers ribbon mics.

According to Royer VP of Sales and Marketing John Jennings, ?Session Photos has developed into a very special area of our website, where people can see first-hand how leading engineers and producers use ribbons every day to record all kinds of music. The photographs, along with the MP3s of engineers comments regarding miking applications and positioning, provides real insight into how a recording was produced. Theres tremendous educational value in this section, not to mention that its just plain fun, which in the end, is what this business is all about!

To access the Photo Sessions area of Royers website visit

About Royer Labs
Located in Burbank, California, Royer Labs microphones are a staple of leading recording and broadcast facilities. Additional information on the entire line of Royer microphones can be found at


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