Royer SF-24Item ID: SF24
Phantom-Powered Stereo Ribbon Microphone
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The Phantom Powered Stereo Ribbon Mic!NEWS: Royer Labs has been given a GRAMMY award for their outstanding ribbon mics! In the words of the Academy, these mics "were revolutionary and moved the art of recording forward."
The new SF-24 stereo ribbon microphone is a phantom powered version of the popular Royer SF-12 stereo ribbon microphone, combining the SF-12's high quality audio performance, outstanding stereo separation and imaging with Royer's exclusive active electronics system for ribbon microphones. The SF-24's output of -38 dB is a full 14 dB more sensitive than the non-powered Royer SF-12, putting its sensitivity on par with that of phantom powered condenser microphones. The unique electronics and custom designed FET's used in the SF-24 allow for ultra-quiet operation, with self-noise of lower than 18 dB.
Royer SF-24 at a Glance:
Matched Pair In One
Like an SF-12, the SF-24 is actually two matched ribbon microphones placed one above the other, each aimed 45 degrees from center in the classic Blumlein configuration. The magnet/polepiece structure of each ribbon transducer allows a wide, uniform frequency range with no substantial peaks or dips, and the two 1.8-micron ribbons produce superb transient response. Frequency response is excellent regardless of the angle of sound striking the ribbons and off-axis coloration is negligible. The SF-24's extension cable comes with a Y adapter that splits into separate 3-pin male XLR connectors labeled "Upper" and "Lower" for the upper and lower capsules of the microphone (when held vertically).
More to Gain...
Royer's Active Series ribbon mics (SF-24 and R-122) are as sensitive as phantom powered condenser microphones, allowing you to use almost any mic preamplifier or board pre. Conventional ribbon microphones average 15 to 20dB lower sensitivity than condenser mics, necessitating the use of high-quality, high-gain microphone preamplifiers for recording softer sound sources like acoustic instruments, vocals and room ambiance. The SF-24 contains two fully balanced, discrete head amplifier systems utilizing ultra-low noise FET's, each delivering a sensitivity of -38 dB. This lets you mate an SF-24 to any preamplifier with average gain characteristics. Even with quiet sound sources, you'll have enough gain to drive any recording medium.
The electronics in the SF-24 provide a perfect load to the ribbon elements at all times, allowing the microphone to deliver 100% of its full sonic potential regardless of the input characteristics of the following mic-pre. Due to its low-impedance output, SF-24's can also be used on extremely long cable runs with minimal signal loss.
A good impedance match is critical to ribbon microphones. Impedance mis-matching loads a ribbon improperly, resulting in loss of low end, diminished body, lowered sensitivity and an overall compromised performance. With our Active Series ribbon mics, the ribbon element lives in a perfect world. It sees an optimum impedance match at all times regardless of the following equipment, so its performance will never be compromised by the effects of improper loading. In addition, the ribbon element cannot be damaged by phantom power, electrical glitches or miswired cables.
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Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
One and only.
by Nathanael Davenport from UtahThis mic reminds me of my wife. If I had to only choose one mic to take with me to a mission to Mars, it would be this one.
May 7, 2013
Music Background: Nerd
All cheesiness aside, this mic shines on everything. Guitar,... read more [+] piano, voice, and maintains mono compatibility of course. Weirdly, it actually makes my voice sound (spoken and singing) like it does to me in my head, i.e. via bone conduction. REALLY. I don't understand how that is possible.
If its good enough. For Gary Paczosa, it's good enough for me. Get it. close [-]
Yes! You get what you pay for.
by Tom Schultz from Pittsburgh, PAI agonized over the price of this mic but after talking with folks at Royer and at Sweetwater, I decided to go ahead. I've never found a mic that was just right for the classical guitar, until now. ... read more [+]It's just unbelievable. I honestly can't tell the recording from the live sound, except that the mic puts it in perfect stereo. You get what you pay for. close [-]
December 21, 2011
Music Background: Guitarist
by Phillip Westbrook from DentonThis mic IS the best sounding mic (ribbon or not) I've ever heard. There's a reason for the $4000+ price tag...it's just that good!
August 17, 2007
Music Background: Professional Recording Engineer
Royer's SF24 is the authoritative phantom-powered stereo ribbon microphone. The SF24 produces incredible transparancy at any frequency, and shines through brightest and clearest with acoustic instruments such as guitars and pianos. Placed 10 feet back from a drum kit at floor level, you will be astounded at the presence and snap of the kick. The rosin sings when an SF24 sits a foot or so from the soundboard of a cello. Fantastic!
The debate over drum overhead microphones ends with the Royer SF-24. In addition to being a perfect compliment to piano and acoustic guitar, the SF-24 is unmatched in sound quality and build quality. A legend in the making.
Jon, Cushing, MN