I have always used clear 1 ply top drum skins on my studio kit. I found that I could really control the decay well and attack rarely seems to be a problem. The down side is that I went through a ton of skins I also noticed that drummers really had to hit them right to get them to resonate well. Too light they sound bad to heavy same issue. I had so many drummers coming through the studio with coated skins that were tuned so dead that I hated them. A nice clear one ply resonant head with a clear ambassador or emperor. I am currently favoring emperors a little more then ambassadors because they last a little longer and I can get a better sweet larger sweet spot for tuning. They are less resonant but a good mic on the resonant side of the head has been solving this nicely.
What do others like in the studio for drum skins.