Royer Labs SF-12


Royer SF-12: Unparalleled Stereo Coincident Ribbon Microphone

The Royer SF-12 is a stereo coincident ribbon microphone that seamlessly blends high-quality audio performance with exceptional stereo separation and imaging. This modern ribbon design eliminates audible diffraction effects and cavity resonance, delivering a pristine audio experience. The SF-12 essentially comprises two matched ribbon microphones strategically positioned in a Blumlein configuration, providing optimal stereo performance. Each ribbon is aimed 45 degrees from the center, ensuring outstanding frequency response and negligible off-axis coloration.

The Royer SF-12 stands as a versatile and powerful tool for stereo and mono recording applications, delivering exceptional audio quality and flexibility.

Key Features

  • Stereo Coincident Design: Features two matched ribbon microphones arranged in a Blumlein configuration, capturing stereo audio with remarkable separation and imaging.
  • No Diffraction Effects: Modern ribbon design eliminates audible diffraction effects and cavity resonance, contributing to transparent and natural sound reproduction.
  • Dual 1.8-Micron Ribbons: Incorporates two 1.8-micron ribbons, each weighing approximately 1/3 milligram, offering superb transient response and accurate audio capture.
  • Magnet/Pole Piece Structures: Employs magnet/pole piece structures that produce a wide, uniform frequency response without substantial peaks or dips.
  • Ingot Iron Case: Crafted from ingot iron, forming part of the magnetic return circuit, minimizing leakage flux and enhancing sensitivity.
  • Y Adapter with Separate XLR Connectors: Comes with an extension cable featuring a Y adapter that splits into separate 3-pin male XLR connectors for each capsule.
  • True stereophonic (Blumlein and M-S) recording capabilities from one microphone.
  • High SPL capabilities and extremely low residual noise.
  • Consistent frequency response regardless of distance.

Recording Applications

  • Natural Stereo Recordings: Excels in creating “you-are-there” stereo recordings, ideal for orchestras and ensembles.
  • Drum Overheads: Delivers powerful and dynamic drum tracks with exceptional stereo imaging and realism.
  • Jazz and Rock Recordings: Provides natural sound for jazz and flexibility for rock and pop, allowing for EQ adjustments without distortion.
  • Various acoustic and ambient recordings, including choirs, string sections, and orchestras.
  • Acoustic Operating Principle: Electrodynamic pressure gradient.
  • Polar Pattern: Symmetrical figure-8.
  • Generating Element: 1.8-micron aluminum ribbon.
  • Frequency Response: 30-15,000 Hz +/- 3dB.
  • Sensitivity: > -52 dBv Re. 1v/pa.
  • Output Impedance: 300 Ohms @ 1K (nominal).
  • Rated Load Impedance: >1500 Ohms @ 300 nominal impedance.
  • Maximum SPL: >130dB.
  • Output Connector: Male XLR 5 pin (stereo*).
  • Dimensions: 206 mm L X 25 mm W (8″ L X 1″ W).
  • Weight: 369 Grams (13 Oz).
  • Finish: Matte Black Chrome, Dull Satin Nickel (optional).