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.
The Royer SF-12 is a fantastic ribbon microphone!
The SF-12 is actually a stereo microphone, and as some people have put it, actually two SF-1's combined. It is a great value for the money, and is a microphone no studio would want to be without.
In my experience of using it, I have found that it sounds great on a variety of instruments. I have used it on drums and the result is stunning; the captured warmth of the SF-12 translates beautifully even through an Mbox! This mic sounds not only great on drums, but on vocals, and guitar. I did some A/B comparisons between the Royer SF-12 and Audio Technica's AT3035, and while the AT3035 is a decent mic, the SF-12 blew it out of the water! The big difference is that the AT3035 has a slight tendency to sound 'tinny,' while the SF-12 sounds big and warm and nice in the lower end. All in all the Royer SF-12 would be a valued treasure to any home or commercial studio.