Neumann U 87 Ai Condenser Microphone (Studio Set,<sp> </sp>Nickel)

Neumann U 87 Ai Condenser Microphone (Studio Set, Nickel)

Neumann U 87 Ai Condenser Microphone (Studio Set, Nickel)

Neumann U 87 Ai Condenser Microphone (Studio Set,<sp> </sp>Nickel)


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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
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Neumann U 87 Ai Condenser Microphone (Studio Set, Nickel)
  • U 87 Ai Condenser Microphone (Nickel)
  • EA87 - U87 Shock Mount for U87 Microphones (Nickle)
  • Wooden Box
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Neumann U87 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
    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 lb / 500 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.339 x 11.0 x 6.299"

    Neumann U87 Reviews

    U 87 Ai Condenser Microphone (Studio Set, Nickel) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from a classic that still pleases If you can afford one of these you probably do not need to read a review to say why you should have one! It is simply a great studio microphone. There are few situations in which this would be a bad choice, and for voice recording it is a de facto standard. It is not perfect, though, no microphone is, but it sounds warm and big with Neumanns classic presence boost. I have used a U87 alongside many others throughout my 30 year career and it has never disappointed me, even when it was not the best choice. This ai model is a winner. The only reason I give it 4 instead of 5 stars is because it is so sensitive to mounting vibrations. Any physical vibration to the microphone is translated into a nasty 47hz tone, like a drum, with a very slight higher harmonic. This is a problem with many of the older Neumann models and was carried through to the U87. Some more recent Neumanns are improved in this regard, and I had hoped they included those improvements into this newer version of the classic. They did not. Anyway, the 47hz tone is low enough to be filtered out most of the time and is completely absent when using an omni pattern. The EA87 elastic suspension helps a little. I have not heard the higher harmonic tone (370hz?) unless I tap directly on the mic body. Take steps to reduce floor vibrations through the mic stand! The other thing I do not like is the U87s low frequency roll-off. It is so severe that it removes all the lovely warmth you pay dearly for. The microphone sounds great when flat, but rumble and breath pops can be a problem. You MUST use a pop filter for vocal work, or you may find that a big pop will distort the electronics. Speaking of electronics, they are what were upgraded from the original U87 design. I like the upgrade! It is cleaner sounding to me (the old ones sometimes were just a wee bit fuzzy), and definitely quieter. In fact, this microphone puts out a very hot signal, way more than the original model and more than most of my other microphones. I wouldnt use this to record tom toms, the way we used to do with the original model. For voice work, this sets the standard by which all others are judged.
    Date published: 2009-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest! NEUMANN U 87Ai Studio Condenser Microphone The NEUMANN U 87Ai is a studio microphone with outstanding performance and an attractive shape. NEUMANN microphones are the best. This company has almost 90 (ninety) years of experience in the manufacture of microphones. Truly amazing.
    Date published: 2017-03-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT MIC its the best i use.great warmthness,really.
    Date published: 2008-04-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neumann U87 ai The U87 is now the centerpiece in my studio! Combined with the Grace Pre, this mic really adds a new dimension to vocals. Acoustics guitars have a fuller sound. The detail surpasses my 414. Definately a great deal from B&H!
    Date published: 2013-11-17
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