Neumann U 87 Ai (Nickel)Item ID: U87Ai
Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone with 3 Switchable Polar Patterns
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A Well-Deserved Reputation as the Best!Arguably the best known and most widely used studio microphone in the world (for good reason), the easy-to-recognize U 87 is a classic! A distinctive design and legendary Neumann sound make this mic a must-have for pro studios. The U 87 is known for its unique frequency and transient response characteristics which deliver a smooth natural sound with a variety of source material.
The U 87 Ai condenser microphone is a large diaphragm microphone with three polar patterns and a unique frequency and transient response characteristic. Users recognize the microphone immediately by its distinctive design. It is a good choice for most general purpose applications in studios, for broadcasting, film and television.
The U 87 Ai is used as a main microphone for orchestra recordings, as a spot mic for single instruments, and extensively as a vocal microphone for all types of music and speech.
The U 87 Ai is addressed from the front, marked with the Neumann logo. The frequency response of the cardioid and figure-8 directional characteristics are very flat for frontal sound incidence, even in the upper frequency range. The microphone can be used very close to a sound source without the sound becoming unnaturally harsh. By means of a highpass filter interferences through subsonic and low frequencies are reduced remarkebly.
The dual-diaphragm capsule is elastically mounted and protected by a large headgrille. A switch below the headgrille selects the three directional patterns: omnidirectional, cardioid and figure-8. A window above this switch shows the symbol of the selected characteristic.
The letter A in the name indicates a more recent generation, as compared to the U 87 i microphones that were built from 1967 to 1986. Modifications apply to the electronic components of the microphone only; the capsule remained unchanged.
The present-day circuitry increases the operational headroom of the U 87 Ai by supplying the bias voltages for the capsule through a reduced resistance. The result is a higher sensitivity of 10dB for identical sound pressure levels, and an improved S/N ratio of 3dB.
Filter and attenuation
A switch located at the rear attenuates the sensitivity by 10dB. When this switch is activated, the microphone accepts sound pressure levels up to 127dB (equivalent to a sound pressure of 45 Pa) without distortion. An additional switch at the rear allows to change the microphone's cutoff frequency. This reduces low frequency interference directly at the input of the microphone amplifier.
This setting also compensates for the unavoidable bass boost that occurs with all pressure gradient transducers when they are used at close distance (proximity effect). The cardioid characteristic maintains a smooth frequency response at a distance of 30 to 40 cm, the figure-8 characteristic even at a distance of 15 to 20 cm.
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Brandy, Upper Sandusky, OH
Reviewsbased on 3 reviews
An amazing microphone
by Aaron Fry from Sacramento,CAI had a cheaper mic that was still a very good mic around the $500 range. There is no comparison. This mic sounds just perfect. It doesn't pick up back ground noises like other mics, it's like it has ... read more [+]it's own built in noise gate. Every other mic I've ever used sound too hissy on the high ends. This mic has such a perfect EQ spectrum. Through an SSL channel strip it just sounds unbelievable! I've always wanted this mic but price wise couldn't pull the trigger. I finally did and you certainly get what you pay for! - Thanks Paul Allen for your continued support ! close [-]
December 2, 2012
Music Background: Music composer
Neumann lives up to its legendary name.
by Grant Johnson from Houston, Tx USAI wouldn't say that I was "blown away" by the sound of this microphone. Be that as it may... It is an awesome piece of gear. A very accurate reproduction of the source sound. Isn't that the idea? Ther... read more [+]e is a reason why it is the standard for serious studios. close [-]
April 8, 2013
Music Background: Pro Musician, Recording Engineer
Clear to a fault!
by Bill from Chesterfield, MiThis is an excellent mic for singers who have more than complete control of their voice. It is also excellent for acoustic instrument recording. However, it is so clear that it will make an average si... read more [+]nger sound worse than they are and you can get better mics (like a used Oktava MK-319) for much less and sound better in these cases. Certainly it is the top of the line mic when recording top of the line musicians and singers but it is too perfect for average performers. close [-]
March 13, 2009
Music Background: Recording Engineer, Producer, Studio Owner, Musican
painted by a master
by mark obrien from Boston, MALike a fine, classic painting, this mic has been copied, even forged especially lately. The magic of this baby is in the details. My voice-overs never sound better than through a U-87 and I've be... read more [+]en recorded through them all. I love my C-1 for the project studio and we use it for production plenty but it aint a Neuman. Of course it also costs 10 times less. When I see this baby in the booth I always get a little more excited. close [-]
October 1, 2004