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Neumann U 87 Ai Switchable Studio Microphone - Nickel Color
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- 3 selectable directional patterns: omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-810dB attenuation switch127dB SPL handling 20Hz to 20kHz response Impedance rated at 200 ohms.
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Arguably the best known and most widely used studio microphone in the world (for good reason), the easy-to-recognize U 87 is a classic! A distinctive design and mythical Neumann sound make this microphone a must-have for pro studios. The U 87 is known for its one-of-a-kind frequency and transient response characteristics which deliver a smooth natural sound with a bunch of source material.
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It comes boxed in a beautiful rosewood box. It rests perfectly in the foam shaped to fit the microphone inside the box. This and the AKGC414, in my opinion, is the most well packaged microphone on the market, and I would have no reservations about having it shipped. Rest assured it will arrive safe and sound.
Now, on to the microphone. This microphone is simply the best microphone available. It is a classic microphone and has been used for decades in countless hit records. It is one of my most valued tools in my studio, and any studio I visit, I expect them to have it. The signal is perhaps one of the cleanest signals I've ever heard. Its amazing, and produces the highest quality audio I have ever seen. The U87 and the AKGC414 are my two favorite microphones. It doesn't necessarily "blow the competition out of the water", but it is a noticeable upgrade from the C414. I think this is the best investment I have made in my studio besides my Avalon vt 737sp. I have never had such ease at mastering projects before the U87. It brings out the full character of the voice you are looking to record. It is ideal for nearly any recording situation, close miking a vocalist, or even recording an entire orchestra ensemble: this microphone truly delivers. Even though it only has 3 cardioid patterns, they are the three most useful, and I doubt the others will be mixed. If I truly need a different pattern, I just switch to the C414. I breeze through projects now that I have this microphone, sometimes I have to do hardly any EQing to achieve the sound that satisfies me.
You will not be disappointed in this microphone. Please be sure you know what you're doing before making an investment in a microphone like this. You can't just plug this into your computer and get professional results. You will need a high quality preamp (i use the Avalon vt 737sp) and a high quality ADC (analog to digital converter). If you don't have these things, don't come crying to Amazon saying that it can be compared to much cheaper microphones (like a certain Amazon reviewer who will go unnamed). If you are a professional audio engineer, or just someone with a project studio that truly wants the best sound available, this is the microphone with you.
Just get it, you'll never look back.
BUT. I purchased this mic with shock mount for a pretty much unheard of deal of $1399 used in good condition. I would hesitate to buy this for full price. Honestly, I probably wouldn't spend more than about $2000-$2100 on this mic. Not that I think it isn't worth the price, I just know that prices go up exponentially when you reach the upper echelons of quality. Does the mic live up to its reputation? In my opinion yes. It really is good, don't kid yourself. My advice would be to buy a used one and save a good chunk of change.
Also, you better have a good preamp and a decent room to record it in, otherwise it will show and won't sound as good as it ought to. This is not a beginner's mic. Get good analog preamps first and a good room/booth to match. I'm using a 4-710d with a host of UAD plug-ins like the 1176 and Pultec EQ and it sounds amazing. I would like to pick up a vintage Neve 1081 but that'll run into the 5 figures for a pair. As long as your preamp is professional quality it should do the trick.
TL;DR it's amazing but there's no good reason to pay for a new one when a decent or better condition used unit sounds the same.