I haven't found a more natural-sounding mic than the Royer SF-12.
a balanced stereo mic
I had AT4050ST for overhead drums miking, it was amazing. but after compare SF-12 with it side by side, I have to say Royer is the winner. I run it with my RME XTC, gain 40 it already rocks, balanced and musical melody. it's all about the mid range, and the low end is just right. try before buy, or you may miss a magic! thanks to my manager Dennis Konicki, he's so patient and never let me down.
Wow! Drum Overhead and Acoustic mic magic!
I wanted a mic that would give me the best possible sound for acoustic instruments and make a great drum overhead. The Royer SF-12 does both with ease. My very first recording with this mic on an acoustic guitar made it obvious I was going to love it! Today I used the SF-12 for a drum overhead, put a MA-200 about 10 inches from the Kick drum port and a SM-57 on the snare. The SF-12 captured a very clean and realistic full bodied drum sound. I dressed up the sound by adding a little of the Kick drum mic and the snare mic, simply amazing.
This ribbon really does take eq wonderfully, the nice thing is that it is easier to get the sound I want now. It is worth the money if you can afford it. You will need a high gain, very clean preamp, but you will like the results.