Neumann U87Ai Rhodium Limited Edition Condenser Microphone
NEUMANN – THE ORIGIN OF ALL STUDIO MICROPHONES
Many products introduced in the history of the company have become milestones of professional audio technology. It is no accident that when listing their equipment, audio studios almost always put Neumann microphones at the top of the list – they are a recognized sign of a highly professional operation.
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Neumann U 87 - The Neumann classic
The Neumann U 87 presents a wide range of features and versatility that make it to one of the most desirable mics available. Neumann users are recognizing 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. Until today the U 87 sets the mark in the microphone industry by which all others are measured.
Neumann U87 Rhodium Edition Includes:
- U 87 Ai Microphone - Rhodium Edition
- EA 87 Elastic Suspension - Rhodium Edition
- Neumann Aluminum Case - Rhodium Edition
- Numbered certificate of authenticity signed by Wolfgang Fraissinet President - Neumann Headquarters, Berlin
- 1 Pair of black gloves
Neumann U87 Rhodium Limited Edition Studio Set, condenser studio microphone, omnidirectional/cardioid/figure-8, 10dB attenuation switch, classic mic for vocals/overhead use, incl.shockmount EA87, gloves, carry bag and flightcase.
The Neumann U87Ai Rhodium Limited Edition condenser microphone is a large diaphragm microphone with three polar patterns and a unique frequency and transient response characteristic.
In a word: The Neumann classic. Three directional characteristics and switchable pre-attenuation ensure suitability for a wide range of applications.
The Neumann U87Ai is probably the best known and most widely used Neumann studio microphone. It 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.
Neumann U87Ai Rhodium Edition Applications:
- For universal use
- The classical studio mic for vocalists (soloists and background vocalists)
- Announcer's mic for broadcasting, dubbing, voice-over
- Spot mic for wind instruments, strings (especially cello and double bass), piano, percussion
Note: To record instruments with very high sound pressure levels we recommend mics with TLM circuitry
These are just some of the most common applications. We recommend additional experimentation to gain maximum use from this microphone.
Acoustic features of the Neumann U87Ai:
The U 87 Ai is addressed from the front, marked with the Neumann logo. The frequency response of the cardioid and figure-8 directional characteristics are very flat for frontal sound incidence, even in the upper frequency range. The microphone can be used very close to a sound source without the sound becoming unnaturally harsh. By means of a high-pass filter interferences through subsonic and low frequencies are reduced remarkably.
Filter and attenuation
A switch located at the rear attenuates the sensitivity by 10 dB. When this switch is activated, the microphone accepts sound pressure levels up to 127 dB (equivalent to a sound pressure of 45 Pa) without distortion.
An additional switch at the rear allows to change the microphone's cutoff frequency. This reduces low frequency interference directly at the input of the microphone amplifier.
This setting also compensates for the unavoidable bass boost that occurs with all pressure gradient transducers when they are used at close distance (proximity effect).
The cardioid characteristic maintains a smooth frequency response at a distance of 30 to 40 cm, the figure-8 characteristic even at a distance of 15 to 20 cm.