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Neumann U87 Ai Nickel Large Diaphragm Microphone

Product Code: 416040

Still the most prestigious and respected microphone in any studio.

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Neumann U87 Condenser Microphone - Single

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.

The U 87 Ai is the epitome of a large diaphragm condenser microphone. Its tapered body and iconic headgrille 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; it has become the gold standard by which other microphones are measured.

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 Ais is the preferred choice of many engineers for recording piano in virtually any genre from pop and jazz to classical music.




  • The world’s most famous studio microphone
  • Classic sound, instantly recognizable yet versatile
  • Balanced frequency response
  • Three polar patterns: omni, cardioid
  • Switchable low cut and pad
  • Very low self-noise

Technical Data: 

* Acoustical operating principle: Pressure gradient transducer
* Directional pattern: Omnidirectional, cardioid, figure-8 plus
* Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
* Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm: 20-28 mV/Pa
* Rated impedance: 200 ohms
* Rated load impedance: 1 kohms
* Equivalent noise level, A-weighted2: 15/12/14 dB-A (Omni/cardioid/8)
* Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR (rel. 94 dB SPL): 68-71 dB
* Signal-to- noise ratio, A-weighted (rel. 94 dB SPL): 79-82 dB
* Maximum SPL for THD 0.5% 117 dB (cardioid)
* Maximum SPL for THD 0.5% with preattenuation 127 dB
* Maximum output voltage 390 mV
*Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938) 48 V ± 4 V
* Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938) 0.8 mA
* Matching connectors XLR3F
* Weight 500 g
* Diameter 56 mm
* Length 200 mm

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Magazine Reviews, 2008 "The Neumann U87 is probably the best known and most widely used studio condenser microphone. Originally releas" "The Neumann U 87 has been a standard of the recording industry since 1967"
Customer Reviews
  • Verified Customer
    on 25 August 2015
    This microphone really is a different kind of animal. While I cannot promise it will be the perfect microphone for every voice, the people that shine with a U87 will be taken to the next level. This microphone does more than vocals, but really isn't quite the same work horse microphone that you can expect from a C414. I didn't own the U87 that I used, but I had plenty of opportunities to use it and did so.
  • Verified Customer
    on 11 August 2011
    If, like me, you've struggled for years to get a good vocal sound with cheaper microphones, it was lovely to be able to plug this in say "oh, good, it wasn't me, it was the mic".
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