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Neumann U87 Nickel

Product Code: 416040

Still the most prestigious and respected microphone in any studio.

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Neumann U87 Condenser Microphone - Single

The U87 presents a wide range of features and versatility that make it to one of the most desirable mics available. Our users are recognising the microphone immediately by its distinctive design. Well-known for its warm and well balanced characteristics - your perfect choice as vocal microphone for all types of music and speech. The usage as main microphone for orchestra recordings or as spot mic for single instruments make it the most general-purpose microphone - in studios, for broadcasting, film and television.

The U87 is equipped with a large dual-diaphragm capsule with three directional patterns: omnidirectional, cardioid and figure-8. These are selectable with a switch below the headgrille.

A 10 dB attenuation switch is located on the rear. It enables the microphone to handle sound pressure levels up to 127 dB without distortion. Furthermore, the low frequency response can be reduced to compensate for proximity effect.



The U 87 Ai condenser microphone is a large diaphragm microphone with three polar patterns and a unique frequency and transient response characteristic.

Users recognize the microphone immediately by its distinctive design. It is a good choice for most general purpose applications in studios, for broadcasting, film and television.

The U 87 Ai is used as a main microphone for orchestra recordings, as a spot mic for single instruments, and extensively as a vocal microphone for all types of music and speech.


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Microphones: The Basics

Home Studio Vocal Recording

Microphone Capsule: 26mm Diaphragm
Microphone Response: 20 Hz ... 20 kHz
Microphone Impedance: 200 ohms
Microphone Maximum SPL: 117 dB (cardioid) (for THD 0.5%)
Microphone Dynamic Range: 105 dB
Microphone Signal-to-Noise: 68/71/69 dB (A-weighted 79/82/80 dB)
Microphone Sensitivity: 20/28/22 mV/Pa (1 kHz into 1 Ohm)
Microphone Self Noise: 12.0 dB(A)
Microphone Connector: XLR3F
Microphone Diameter: 56 mm
Microphone Pad Switches: -10 dB
Microphone Powering: 48V +/- 4V, 0.8 mA
Physical Weight: 500g
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Magazine Reviews
Recording-Microphones.co.uk, 2008 "The Neumann U87 is probably the best known and most widely used studio condenser microphone. Originally releas" http://www.recording-microphones.co.uk/Neumann-U87-microphone.shtml MicrophoneReviews.com "The Neumann U 87 has been a standard of the recording industry since 1967" http://www.microphonereviews.com/product-reviews/microphones-product-reviews/neumann-u-87-ai.html
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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