Neumann U 87 Ai Condenser Microphone (Nickel)

Neumann U 87 Ai Condenser Microphone (Nickel)

Neumann U 87 Ai Condenser Microphone (Nickel)

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Neumann U 87 Ai Condenser Microphone (Nickel)

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Neumann U 87 Ai overview

  • 1Description

The nickel U 87 Ai Condenser Microphone from Neumann is a large dual-diaphragm condenser microphone. It features three directional patterns, including omnidirectional, cardioid and figure-8. These are selectable with a switch below the head grille and the window above this switch shows the symbol of the selected characteristic. A 10 dB attenuation switch is located on the rear. It enables the microphone to handle sound pressure levels up to 127 dB without distortion. The low frequency response can be reduced to compensate for proximity effect.

The U 87 Ai is used as a main microphone for orchestra recordings, as a spot microphone 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. 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 high-pass filter, interference through subsonic and low frequencies are reduced.

The circuitry increases 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 10 dB for identical sound pressure levels, and an improved S/N ratio of 3 dB.

A switch located at the rear attenuates the sensitivity by 10 dB. When this switch is activated, the microphone accepts sound pressure levels up to 127 dB (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, and the figure-8 characteristic at a distance of 15 to 20 cm.

Variable large diaphragm microphone
Pressure-gradient transducer with double membrane capsule
Omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-8 characteristics
Switchable low frequency roll-off
Switchable 10 dB pre-attenuation
Great as a main or as a support microphone
UPC: 615104070226
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Neumann U 87 Ai Condenser Microphone (Nickel)
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  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Neumann U 87 Ai specs

    Analog Performance
    Operating Principle Pressure Gradient
    Transducer Condenser
    Polar Pattern Cardioid, Figure-8, Omnidirectional
    Pattern Selection Switched
    Frequency Range 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Signal to Noise Ratio 71 dB CCIR
    69 dB CCIR
    68 dB CCIR
    82 dB A-Weighted
    80 dB A-Weighted
    79 dB A-Weighted
    Equivalent Noise Level 23 dB CCIR
    25 dB CCIR
    26 dB CCIR
    12 dB A-Weighted
    14 dB A-Weighted
    15 dB A-Weighted
    Maximum SPL 117 dB SPL
    Pad -10 dB
    THD 0.5%
    Impedance 200 Ohms
    Load Impedance 1000 Ohms
    Sensitivity 28 mV/Pa at 1 kHz into 1 kOhms
    22 mV/Pa at 1 kHz into 1 kOhms
    20 mV/Pa at 1 kHz into 1 kOhms
    General
    Output Connectors 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    Operating Current Consumption 0.8 µA
    Operating Voltage 48 V ± 4 V
    Length 7.87" / 200 mm
    Diameter 2.20" / 56 mm
    Weight 1.10 lbs / 500 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.16 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.1 x 4.75 x 4.0"

    Neumann U 87 Ai reviews

    U 87 Ai Condenser Microphone (Nickel) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expensive - but You're Worth It! Many of us have been hypnotized by the endless sea of microphones that physically look like and sonically aspire to be like the U87. After wrestling with imitations for years, I finally learned an important lesson. SAVE UP and BUY THE REAL THING. You deserve to sound excellent! No matter what your gear is, I feel the most important aspect of recording is a GREAT MICROPHONE. I've used this microphone with inexpensive and top of the line mixers... Neve, Studer, Art TUBE MP's... Wow... Guess what? this mic sounds amazing through anything. From sensitive close proximity spoken word to the slap of moroccan goat skin drums to distorted guitar thru noisy tube amps to quiet, snooty booty cello solos, this mic captures ALL the magic. It captures something inexplicable. You can use it on anything! My only advice is keep it extremely clean, store it in a safe place. :) If you have a home studio, do yourself a grand favor. Get one. You won't be sorry - and you'll perform better as this microphone has a way of inspiring the best performances. Cheers Friends. David
    Date published: 2014-10-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good It's great for a rich sound.
    Date published: 2008-04-10
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