The Phantom-powered Stereo Ribbon Mic for the Stage!
The SF-24 Live is a stereo ribbon microphone and is a phantom powered version of the popular Royer stereo ribbon microphone designed for live use, 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 thicker ribbons used in the SF-24 Live are designed to stand up to the rigors of the road. The studio version of the SF-24 is a popular choice for drum overheads, and the SF-24 Live brings that sound to the live stage.Royer SF-24 at a Glance:
- Matched Pair In One
- Off-Axis Coloration
Matched Pair In One
Like an SF-12, the SF-24 Live 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 ribbons produce superb a transient response. Frequency response is excellent regardless of the angle of sound striking the ribbons and off-axis coloration is negligible. The SF-24 Lives'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).
Royer ribbon mics are figure-8, picking up sound from the front and rear of the microphone, and rejecting sounds approaching from a) the left and right sides of the mic, b) the top of the mic, and c) the bottom of the mic. These are extremely effective dead zones that engineers use to isolate instruments by positioning the mics in such a way that the dead zones face, and cancel, offending sound sources.
There's a lot of sound on a live stage and you can't entirely control for off-axis information getting into microphones, even ribbons. Most microphones color off-axis information in highly unflattering ways, which is why bleed can sound so nasty. Ribbons don't color off-axis information, so any bleed that manages to get into your onstage Royers will sound natural, not harsh or colored.
- Designed for Live use
- Thicker Ribbon for durability
- High SPL Capabilities
- Extremely low residual noise
- Ribbon element is not affected by heat or humidity
- Absence of high frequency phase distortion
- Equal sensitivity from front or back of element
- Consistent frequency response regardless of distance
- Matched stereo pair in one mic