There is no doubt that any mic won't be captured to its full potentiel with budget preamps and converters. We got the evident exemple with a 100$ mic like the sm57.Using either the SF12 or 24 is a wonderful experience best realized with the appropriate signal chain. A budget preamp connected to a less than ideal “booster” will not reveal all that the mic captures.
If you have a chance to compare the budget pre setup to a more fitting one (Grace, Millenia, RME, AEA, etc) you will understand the phrase “only as good as the weakest link”.
It's not a preamp yet. just a fet transistor circuit who boost the signal but not to a line level...how do the inbuilt pres of Royer SF-24
It's not a preamp yet. just a fet transistor circuit who boost the signal but not to a line level...
I think it's possible. But there's that pesky little gremlin that pops his head up from time to time...his name is "perception". Lol. He and his twin brother - who's name is "Subjective" - have been known to throw their wrenches into the gears of that theory.And there are some parameters that are not so much a matter of taste: noise (or quietness), transparency and fastness of a mic/buffer pre combination should be possible to be judged independently of liking or not liking, isn't that so?
The SF-24 is an amazing mic. I’ve not compared it to the SF-12 but I’d be happy with either. The SF-24 (condenser) takes pretty much any pre you give it.I wonder how the Royer SF-24 active stereo ribbon would compare to the passive Royer SF-12 run through FetHead or Cloudlifter impedance matching preamps?
Does anybody have experience of comparing first hand? Is SF24 quieter? Better sounding? Or maybe not?
Comments very much appreciated!
...The SF-24 (condenser) takes pretty much any pre you give it....
They are both stereo ribbon microphones with transformers. The SF12 is passive, and the SF24 has an active signal booster that makes it approach a condenser microphone in output signal level and ability to drive long cables.Yes they both are stereo, but if I recall the 24 has a transformer built in and the 12 doesn't.. Am I right ?