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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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The U 87 has been the standard of the recording industry since 1967. This microphone is famous for its warm sound and well-balanced characteristics. The current U 87A yields a 6dB improvement in signal-to-noise over its predecessor. Includes EA87 Shockmount, windscreen, cable and a wooden jewelers box. The Neumann U87 studio Microphone is famous for its warm sound and well-balanced characteristics. Equipped with a large dual-diaphragm capsule with 3 selectable directional patterns: omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-8, it offers a 6dB improvement in signal-to-noise over its predecessor. A 10dB attenuation switch enables the U87 to handle sound levels up to 127dB without distortion; and the low frequency response can be reduced to compensate for proximity effect. The preferred studio vocal mic for decades, the Neumann U87 also makes a great main mic for band or home studio recordings, as well as a spot mic for single instruments. Frequency range: 20Hz to 20kHz; impedance rated at 200 ohms. The Shockmount includes a windscreen, cable, EA87 elastic suspension and comes in a wooden jeweler's box. Requires phantom power.
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It will sound GREAT on MOST voices. It sounds incredible in the mix. Hands down, a studio favorite.
Don't be fooled by the haters who wish they had a real U87 AI. It's a shame that people can leave reviews here that have never even HEARD the mic or understand the art of professional audio engineering.
I tried every clone in the book trying to convince myself they would be close enough to a real U87 AI. They aren't close.
Pareto principle in full effect. You can pay 20% the cost of the U87 for a clone, and get 80% of the sound quality of a U87 AI. But you truly must pay the extra 80% to get that last finishing touch Grammy Record last 20% magic that ONLY a REAL Neuman U87 AI will give you.
It brings out all the nuances in my voice and truly gives me more confidence as a singer. It captures unique qualities in my voice that no other mic is able to capture. Pair it with a Vintech X73i for a little extra grit and character. Or you can dial it into a Great River MP-500NV for the best of both worlds, but providing a tad more smooth buttery softness. Ad an API 512C, and you'll enjoy a nice punchy, aggressive quality to this mic. Sure, these pre-amps are great, but the point is this microphone ROCKS and I don't have to wonder anymore. I own it, and it performs incredibly. End of story. Buy this microphone if you can afford it, or heck...maybe even if you can't afford. You won't be sorry. There is a reason these mics retain their value.
You get what you pay for.
In Summary. Yes. It's all that.
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.