Neumann U 87 Ai Microphone/Grace Design Preamp Bundle

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Neumann U 87 Ai Microphone/Grace Design Preamp Bundle
Key Features
  • Neumann U 87 Ai Microphone
  • Grace Design m101 Preamp
  • Shockmount
  • Cable
The Neumann U 87 Ai Microphone/Grace Design Preamp Bundle is a B&H Kit designed for anyone who desires crystal clear vocal and instrument recording. The U 87 Ai condenser microphone is a long established workhorse, suitable for pretty much any type of vocal, and comes with its own shockmount.
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Neumann U87 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Neumann U 87 Ai Condenser Microphone (Studio Set,<sp> </sp>Nickel)
  • 3Grace Design m101 - Microphone Preamp
  • 4Mogami Gold Studio XLR Female to XLR Male Microphone Cable (Black, 15')

The Neumann U 87 Ai Microphone/Grace Design Preamp Bundle is a B&H Kit designed for anyone who desires crystal clear vocal and instrument recording. The U 87 Ai condenser microphone is a long established workhorse, suitable for pretty much any type of vocal, and comes with its own shockmount.

The Grace Design m101 is a transformerless, single-channel preamp that delivers remarkably natural, musical and detailed results due to its fast, musical transimpedance amplifier architecture. Along with the included microphone cable, the bundle will happily fit into any studio, voice-over, or broadcast situation.

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

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

Grace Design m101 - Microphone Preamp

The m101 from Grace Design is a single-channel microphone preamplifier that uses the same fast, musical transimpedance amplifier architecture as the model 801 and model 201, but packaged and priced to be within the reach of any recording engineer, musician or studio. The preamp now employs 0.5% precision metal film resistors.

An upgrade from the model 101, the unit still employs fully balanced, transformerless circuit topology and has no electrolytic capacitors in the signal path. With incredible bandwidth, headroom and resolution, the unit is remarkably natural, musical and detailed. A universal power supply is internally mounted.

The m101 features a ribbon microphone mode which provides additional gain that is usually required by that type of microphone. Pushing the dedicated ribbon switch does three things. Phantom power is locked-out to prevent potential damage to ribbon microphones, the impedance of the microphone input is raised from 8.1kΩ to 20kΩ, and the 48V DC blocking input capacitors are bypassed with sealed gold contact relays.

The included instrument DI input is designed to accommodate a wide variety of high impedance input sources, making the unit an excellent choice as a DI box which will flawlessly preserve the sound of any plugged-in instrument while imparting lackluster sounding instrument pickups with clarity and detail.

Key Features

Fully balanced, transformerless, single-channel microphone preamp with optimized DI instrument input
Fast, musical transimpedance amplifier architecture
Updated audio path with 0.5% precision metal film resistors
Built-in switchable 75Hz, 12dB/8ve high pass filter
Precision 12-position, gold contact, rotary switch gain control
10 to 75dB gain range
10dB output trim controls for fine level adjustment
Switchable 48V phantom power
Ribbon microphone mode with an optimized signal path
Input impedance, and 48V lockout
No electrolytic capacitors in the signal path
Enhanced RFI interference suppression
Sealed gold contact relays for all signal switching
Minimal internal signal wiring
Three output connectors: XLR balanced, TRS balanced and 1/4" unbalanced
Two color, bi-phase LED peak indicator
Internal, universal power supply
Made in the USA
UPC: 823821110105

Mogami Gold Studio XLR Female to XLR Male Microphone Cable (Black, 15')

The black, 15' Mogami Gold Studio XLR Female to XLR Male Microphone Cable is a high-quality, 4-conductor cable engineered for maximum rejection of RFI and EMI, accurate signal transmission with low noise, and durability. It uses the company's Neglex twisted, double-conductor quad cable with a spiral, bare copper shield, which is effective in maintaining signal integrity, even when used with unbalanced equipment, in professional or home studios suffering from wiring and grounding problems.

The cable is terminated with black-body, gold-plated XLR connectors, and features a 0.236" diameter jacket, ideal for applications where a small-diameter quad mic cable is required.

Key Features

Studio and broadcast-quality microphone cable wired with Mogami 2534 Neglex twisted quad-conductor cable
Ideal for home studios suffering from wiring and grounding problems—maintains signal quality when used with unbalanced equipment
Served (spiral) bare copper shield for long-lasting protection against RFI and EMI
XLPE (Cross-Linked Polyethylene) conductor insulation
Terminated with black-body, 3-pin XLR connectors (XLR female to XLR male)
Gold-plated contacts to prevent corrosion
0.236" jacket diameter—for use where a small-diameter quad mic cable is required
Limited lifetime warranty
UPC: 801813075830

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

Microphone
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleCondenser
Polar PatternCardioid, Figure-8, Omnidirectional
Pattern SelectionSwitched
Pad-10 dB
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL117 dB SPL
Impedance200 Ohms
Load Impedance1000 Ohms
Sensitivity28 mV/Pa at 1 kHz into 1 Kilohms
22 mV/Pa at 1 kHz into 1 Kilohms
20 mV/Pa at 1 kHz into 1 Kilohms
Signal-to-Noise Ratio71 dB CCIR
69 dB CCIR
68 dB CCIR
82 dB A-Weighted
80 dB A-Weighted
79 dB A-Weighted
Equivalent Noise Level23 dB CCIR
25 dB CCIR
26 dB CCIR
12 dB A-Weighted
14 dB A-Weighted
15 dB A-Weighted
THD0.5%
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin
Power
Operating Voltage48 V ± 4 V
Operating Current Consumption0.8 µA
Physical
Dimensionsø: 2.2 x L: 7.87" / ø: 55.88 x L: 199.9 mm
Weight1.1 lb / 500 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.495 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.55 x 11.5 x 6.75"

Grace Design m101 - Microphone Preamp Specs

Physical
Number of ChannelsSingle
Inputs1 x XLR Microphone (rear panel)
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Instrument (front panel)
Output1 x XLR
1 x 1/4" TRS phone
1 x 1/4" TS phone
Phantom PowerYes
Multi FunctionNo
Gain Range10dB to 65dB, in 5dB steps
Output trim control adds 0dB to +10dB
Maximum Output Level+25dBu, 100kΩ load, 0.1% THD
Frequency ResponseMic Input: 4.5Hz to 390kHz, -3dB @ 40dB gain
Hi-Z Input: 2.5Hz to 195kHz, -3dB @ 20dB gain
Noise<-124dB, 600Ω source
Power Requirements100~240VAC
Dimensions (WxDxH)8.5 x 9.0 x 1.7" (216 x 228 x 43mm)
Weight2.4 lbs (1.09 kg)
SpecialtiesPeak LED meter
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)16.4 x 14.2 x 4.7"

Mogami Gold Studio XLR Female to XLR Male Microphone Cable (Black, 15') Specs

Physical
Connector 13-Pin XLR Male
Connector 23-Pin XLR Female
Cable Length15' / 4.6 m
Outer Diameter0.236" / 6 mm
ShieldingBare Copper Spiral
Conductor MaterialOxygen-Free Copper (OFC)
Number of Conductors4
Wire Gauge24 AWG
Contact PlatingGold
Jacket TypePolyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
Insulation TypePolyethylene
Conductor Capacitance29.6 pF/ft at 1 kHz
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.76 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.65 x 7.95 x 1"
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is 48v pre amp box? included for this item..thank ...

is 48v pre amp box? included for this item..thank you
Asked by: Ruben
No
Answered by: David
Date published: 2019-04-08

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What is difference between this mike and the plain old U87? Which is better for voice over work (no instruments; no music; no singing)?
Asked by: Alan G.
The U87 AI is the currently available version of the U87. According to Neumann The major difference occur in the electronics and effectively improve the sensitivity and signal to noise ratio. Tonally are very similar as the capsule has not changed.
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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