The Industry-standard Large-diaphragm Condenser:
The Neumann U 87 Ai is the modern incarnation of a classic microphone. Introduced in 1967, the U 87 gained instant favor with engineers, producers, and their clients; by the mid ’70s it was a staple in every world-class recording studio. And it still is. Walk into a session, and you’ll see 87s everywhere. On pianos, vocals, toms, overheads, guitar cabs, brass, strings, congas — you name it. The mic’s popularity is easy to understand: it ushered in a new era of audio fidelity and reliability, and with three selectable polar patterns (cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-8), plus a switchable highpass filter and 10dB pre-attenuation pad, the mic is incredibly versatile, and an ideal choice for a broad range of recording techniques. The Neumann U 87 Ai is the industry-standard large-diaphragm condenser mic. Read on to find out what it can do for you.
A great choice for most any source:
When you’re striving for fidelity, clarity, and authoritative presence, the U 87 Ai — with its ruler-flat midrange and gentle presence boost — is your go-to mic. We all need vocals to shine in the mix, and the 87 was born for this. It’s not right for every vocalist, but you will find it the vocal microphone of choice on innumerable iconic recordings. Piano? Grand or upright, when you need an acoustic piano to sit pretty in a thick track, a couple of 87s will get the job done.
Switchable polar patterns:
Offering a choice of three switchable polar patterns (omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-8), the U 87 Ai gives you impressive flexibility when it comes to exploring different recording techniques. With two 87s, you can implement stereo techniques such as spaced pair (A/B), X-Y (including Blumlein), ORTF array, and mid-side (M-S). For full orchestra, add a third 87 for the minimalist — and highly effective — Mercury Living Presence technique: three spaced omni 87s across the orchestral soundstage, centered above the conductor’s podium.
– Large-diaphragm FET condenser microphone
– Pressure-gradient transducer with double-membrane capsule
– The studio microphone classic
– Three directional characteristics: omni, cardioid, figure-8
– Switchable low-frequency roll-off
– Switchable 10dB pre-attenuation
– Ideal as main and support microphone in practically all recording situations
– Requires +48-volt phantom power
– Includes shockmount, pop filter, mic cable, and wooden storage box
Microphone Type: Condenser
Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Omni, Figure-8
Diaphragm Size: 1″ (25.4mm)
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL: 117dB (cardioid)
Output Impedance: 200 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio: 82dB (cardioid), 79dB (omni), 80dB (figure-8)
Self Noise: 12dB (cardioid), 15dB (omni), 14dB (figure-8)
Low Cut Filter: Yes
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Included Accessories: Shock Mount, Windscreen, Wood Box