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

Neumann U 87 Ai Microphone/Grace Design Preamp Bundle

Neumann U 87 Ai Microphone/Grace Design Preamp Bundle

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

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  • Neumann U 87 Ai Microphone
  • Grace Design m101 Preamp
  • Shockmount
  • Cable

Color: Nickel

Neumann U 87 Ai Microphone/Grace Design Preamp Bundle Neumann U 87 Ai Condenser Microphone (Studio Set,<sp> </sp>Black)

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Configuration: With Grace m101 Preamp & XLR Cable

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Neumann U87 overview

  • 1Description

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, 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.

    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
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Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • Neumann U 87 Ai Condenser Microphone (Studio Set, Nickel)
    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
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.339 x 11.0 x 6.299"
  • Grace Design m101 - Microphone Preamp
    Number of Channels Single
    Inputs 1 x XLR Microphone (rear panel)
    1 x 1/4" TRS phone Instrument (front panel)
    Output 1 x XLR
    1 x 1/4" TRS phone
    1 x 1/4" TS phone
    Phantom Power Yes
    Multi Function No
    Gain Range 10dB to 65dB, in 5dB steps
    Output trim control adds 0dB to +10dB
    Maximum Output Level +25dBu, 100kΩ load, 0.1% THD
    Frequency Response Mic Input: 4.5Hz to 390kHz, -3dB @ 40dB gain
    Hi-Z Input: 2.5Hz to 195kHz, -3dB @ 20dB gain
    Noise <-124dB, 600Ω source
    Power Requirements 100~240VAC
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 8.5 x 9.0 x 1.7" (216 x 228 x 43mm)
    Weight 2.4 lbs (1.09 kg)
    Specialties Peak LED meter
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.4 x 14.2 x 4.7"
  • Mogami Gold Studio XLR Female to XLR Male Microphone Cable (Black, 15')
    Connector 1 3-Pin XLR Male
    Connector 2 3-Pin XLR Female
    Cable Length 15' / 4.6 m
    Outer Diameter 0.236" / 6 mm
    Shielding Bare Copper Spiral
    Conductor Material Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC)
    Number of Conductors 4
    Wire Gauge 24 AWG
    Contact Plating Gold
    Jacket Type Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
    Insulation Type Polyethylene
    Conductor Capacitance 29.6 pF/ft at 1 kHz
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.37 x 7.165 x 0.787"

Neumann U87 reviews

U 87 Ai Microphone/Grace Design Preamp Bundle is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Accurate I purchased the Neumann U87Ai for accurate voice recording. I have used this same mic when I did volunteer recording for the blind some years back and was impressed. I am very satisfied with its sound and my purchase. I have only tried it on voice so far. The B&H video demonstrating this mic with several others was helpful in making up my mind. The mic is being used initially with a Sound Devices 633.
Date published: 2018-09-13
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