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Neumann U 87 Ai Microphone/Grace Design Preamp Bundle

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 Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone (Studio Set, Nickel)
  • 3Grace Design m101 - Microphone Preamp
  • 4Warm Audio Premier Series Balanced XLR Cable (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 Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone (Studio Set, Nickel)

A definitive legend for decades, the nickel Neumann U 87 Ai Studio Set is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone offering the timeless and special sound that remains highly coveted for singers, voice-over artists, announcers, producers, and recording engineers to this day. By combining the same dual-diaphragm capsule design as the heralded U 67 with FET circuitry and a transformer-balanced output, the U 87 Ai retains the voicing that made the U 87 famous while ensuring low-noise performance and optimal signal purity.

The U 87 Ai's dual-diaphragm capsule, which is elastically suspended, affords the selection of three polar patterns (omni, cardioid, and figure-8) to enhance versatility in the studio. Additionally, the mic provides a switchable -10 dB pad that allows it to capture SPLs up to 127 dB without distortion, and a low-cut filter for controlling buildup of low-frequency content. Whether it is used for broadcast, stage, or studio applications, the U 87 Ai presents the sought-after look, sound, and reputation of a true classic.

The Gold Standard

The Neumann U 87 Ai may be the best-known and most frequently used studio microphone the world over. Its smooth and refined sound is as iconic as its elegant exterior design. The U 87 Ai is the standard microphone for speech and vocals. Three polar patterns plus pad and low-cut options make it adaptable to a wide range of applications.

Omnipresent and Special

The Neumann U 87 Ai is a true legend. Introduced in 1967, it has shaped the sound of countless hit records for the past 50 years. And when those hits were announced on the radio, many a DJ sat before a U 87 Ai.

The U 87 Ai is the epitome of a large-diaphragm condenser microphone. Its tapered body and iconic design have become part of the collective consciousness—this is what a studio microphone looks like. The same is true of its sound; the U 87 Ai represents studio quality and has become the gold standard by which other microphones are measured.

What sets the U 87 Ai apart is its special combination of linearity and character. Although its on-axis frequency response is remarkably flat, it does exert certain charisma, making the U 87 Ai both versatile and instantly recognizable.

Classic Neumann Engineering

Technically speaking, the U 87 Ai is a traditional design whose timeless formula has remained unchanged for decades. The U 87 Ai uses the same dual-diaphragm condenser capsule design as its predecessor, the no less legendary U 67 of the early 1960s. Its head amplifier, too, is based on the same design principles as its tube-driven predecessor, but the U 87 Ai realizes them by means of an FET circuit with a minimal signal path and a transformer-balanced output, ensuring maximum signal integrity and high common mode rejection.

Versatile Applications

The result is a studio microphone of unmatched clarity. Its natural sound and midrange presence make the U 87 Ai the ultimate vocal microphone, praised by singers and engineers alike as well as the prime choice for speech applications, such as voice-over, dubbing, and audio books. Due to its balanced response in each of its three directional patterns, the U 87 Ai is also a versatile microphone for anything from acoustic guitar to drums overheads. Due to its solid bass response and excellent midrange detail, it is often seen in front of bass and guitar cabinets. For classical recordings, the U 87 Ai is frequently used as a spot mic for soloists, e.g. cello. A stereo pair of U 87 Ai mics is the preferred choice of many engineers for recording piano in virtually any genre from pop and jazz to classical music.

Features at a Glance

  • The world’s most famous studio microphone
  • Classic sound, instantly recognizable and versatile
  • Balanced frequency response
  • Elastically suspended dual-diaphragm capsule
  • Omni, cardioid, and figure-8 polar patterns
  • Switchable low-cut filter and -10 dB pad
  • Low self-noise
  • XLR 3-pin output
  • 48V phantom powered
  • Includes color-matched shockmount and wooden box

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

Warm Audio Premier Series Balanced XLR Cable (15')

Presented here with a cable length of 15'', this Warm Audio Premier Series XLR Cable is designed to provide a high-end connection between balanced gear with XLR jacks, such as microphones, outboard equipment, and interface-to-monitoring connections. If you care about the details of your sound onstage and in the studio, use this cable to preserve your signal.

This XLR cable is chock-full of features that enable a top-of-the-line performance, such as gold-plated connectors and a star-quad wiring scheme for superior RFI rejection in the balancing process. Double-Ruessen shielding helps protect against EMI, and a braided outer wrap fights against tangling. To guarantee an optimal performance, Warm Audio partnered with Gotham AG, one of Switzerland's best producers of premium cable.

The Premier Touch

Warm's Premier cables go above and beyond, adding features like gold-plated connectors, a braided outer wrap, four-conductor star-quad construction (helping aid in giving you powerful rejection of RFI), and double-Ruessen shielding (also for increased rejection of EMI).

Braided Premier Wrap

This braided wrap removes the friction that occurs when rubber or PVC rub together, so it's much easier to handle and wrap the cable. No more fighting with a rat's nest of cable spaghetti. The braided wrap also adds an element of strength and reliability, as it helps to protect the cable's PVC jacket from damage due to pinching or binding.

Star Quad Explained

A traditional balanced cable uses three cores of wire to carry audio signals—one shielded core for the positive leg, one shielded core for the negative leg, and a plain outer wrap that functions as the ground. The idea is this: a fully balanced system flips the phase of the signal, merges the positive and negative signals together, and effectively cancels out interference encountered along the cable's length by throwing it out of phase with the audio.

Star-quad construction takes that concept even further by using five cores instead of three. Two cores are provided each for the positive and negative legs, as well as a single ground. This helps to further shield the audio from RFI (radio frequency interference), ensuring an even better performance.

Double-Ruessen Shielding Explained

Most cable construction techniques use an outer wrap of wire to act as the ground. Some manufacturers braid this wire, while others simply wrap the wires in a highly uniform way to shield the interior wires from electromagnetic interference.

Double-Ruessen shielding goes further than more traditional techniques in two ways: First, the cable is wrapped with two separate shields. Secondly, the outer shield is wrapped in a contrary direction to the inner shield, creating a stronger and more complete barrier from EMI for the internal cores.

Gold-Plated Connectors

Precious metals aren't famous for their looks alone, some also have characteristics that are advantageous for signal transfer. These gold connectors provide such characteristics, as well as one other one: gold offers more resistance to corrosion than other precious metals do, making it well-suited for cable connectors.
UPC: 850016400055

Neumann U 87 Ai Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone (Studio Set, Nickel) Specs

Primary ApplicationsStudio Recording, Broadcast
Form FactorLarge Diaphragm Mic / Stand/Boom Mount
Intended Sound SourcesVocals, Speech/Voice Over, Instrument
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
Polar PatternCardioid, Figure-8, Omnidirectional
Pattern SelectionSwitched (Adjustable on Mic)
OrientationSide Address
CircuitrySolid-State (FET)
Pad-10 dB
High-Pass FilterYes
Tone AdjustmentNone
Gain AdjustmentNone
On-Board ControlsHigh-Pass Filter, Pad, Polar Pattern
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPLCardioid: 117 dB SPL (1 kHz, .5% THD)
Cardioid: 127 dB SPL (1 kHz, .5% THD, with Pad)
Impedance200 Ohms
Load Impedance1000 Ohms
SensitivityOmnidirectional: 20 mV/Pa at 1 kHz into 1 Kilohms
Cardioid: 28 mV/Pa at 1 kHz into 1 Kilohms
Figure-8: 22 mV/Pa at 1 kHz into 1 Kilohms
Output Level-6 dBu (Max)
Signal-to-Noise RatioOmnidirectional: 79 dB A-Weighted
Cardioid: 82 dB A-Weighted
Figure-8: 80 dB A-Weighted
Omnidirectional: 68 dB CCIR
Cardioid: 71 dB CCIR
Figure-8: 69 dB CCIR
Equivalent Noise LevelOmnidirectional: 15 dB A-Weighted
Cardioid: 12 dB A-Weighted
Figure-8: 14 dB A-Weighted
Omnidirectional: 26 dB CCIR
Cardioid: 23 dB CCIR
Figure-8: 25 dB CCIR
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (on Mic)
Headphone ConnectorNone
Bus PowerNone
Operating Voltage48 V ± 4 V (Phantom Power)
Operating Current Consumption0.8 mA
MountingShockmount (Included)
Included CaseHard Case
Included FiltersNone
Dimensionsø: 2.2 x L: 7.9" / ø: 5.6 x L: 20.1 cm
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

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
Dimensions8.5 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"

Warm Audio Premier Series Balanced XLR Cable (15') Specs

Connector 11 x XLR 3-Pin Male Straight
Connector 21 x XLR 3-Pin Female
Contact PlatingGold
Cable Length15' / 4.6 m
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.65 x 8.55 x 2.5"

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