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Royer SF-12 + Cloudlifter CL-2, vs Royer SF-24V Dual-Channel Preamps
Old 24th February 2017
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Royer SF-12 + Cloudlifter CL-2, vs Royer SF-24V


I am going to spring on one of these stereo mics, but I am wondering whether it will be worth the extra approximately $1500 USD for the phantom-powered 24V, vs. using the SF-12 with a Cloudlifter CL-2.

Presumably, using the CL-2 would boost noise performance to levels close to the 24V, right? But how about frequency response, overall performance, etc.? Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance.
Old 24th February 2017
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I thought the 24v has a tube? I'm curious about your general question too
Old 24th February 2017
Gear Nut
There's is more to the story with the 24. It keeps the ribbon in the ideal impedance which helps with noise floor. I doubt the lifter will replace all that tec. If you can get there go big. People rave about that mike. I read sailing to phillidelphia drum sound was mostly the 24 and some kick. No phaze problems . Done deal. Sigh.... one fine day.
Old 24th February 2017
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I bought a second Royer SF-12 after hearing one placed 6 feet in front of a drum kit.
Up to that time, I never heard the drums in my room reproduced so perfectly.

So one is usually designated to stereo room, and the other as a overhead for the kit.
And if the music allows, I will often just use the SF-12 and a kick mic on drums with amazing results.

I also have the stereo Cloud lifter, and use it with one of the SF-12's when recording delicate acoustic guitars. It's a fabulous combination!
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