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Neumann U87 Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box

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The standard of the recording industry since 1967.

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.

FEATURES
  • 3 selectable directional patterns: omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-8
  • 10dB attenuation switch
  • 127dB SPL handling
  • 20Hz to 20kHz response
  • Impedance rated at 200 ohms. I
  • Includes a windscreen, cable, EA87 elastic suspension, and wooden jeweler's box.

Own the mic that set the standard for vocal and instrument recording since 1967.

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NeumannU87 Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box
 
4.4

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

pre-amps are KEY

this mic is absolutely the clearest mic i've heard in my life. in the studio, we use these coupled with 5k preamps and the sound is out of this world. you can't hope...Read complete review

this mic is absolutely the clearest mic i've heard in my life. in the studio, we use these coupled with 5k preamps and the sound is out of this world. you can't hope to get a good sound out of something this immaculate without the proper goods. only reason i gave an average review on this mic is because i, myself, can't afford the hefty price tag. that, and this mic isn't for the weak-voiced. if you stutter in your MIND this mic will hear it and deliver in full. but when you hit the studio this is the mic you'll want to make them setup. end of story.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Its An OK Mic I Guess

Its ok but not for the price they sell it for,i have a few mics thats under a grand that sound close to and better than this one tho i know mics are different

Its ok but not for the price they sell it for,i have a few mics thats under a grand that sound close to and better than this one tho i know mics are different

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(11 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

u87 review

By New york musician

from new york

Comments about Neumann U87 Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box:

It should be kept in mind that this mic is a historical gear, it's a design which act as a benchmark for a lot of new name large diaghram condenser mic this day, therefore,it is over priced when compared to its quality and value. No doubt a good mic, i bought it used and it have a unique warm, vintage sort of sonic character and its a very versatile workhorse mic which can be used on almost anything. However,we have to admitt to ourself that alot of new mic out this days are really good quality, there are no such thing as you only can get a professional condensor mic for $2000 plus, i tried alot of mic, and for sold the neumann u87ai to get myself this mic. AKG C414 BXL II,RODE K2, pair of Neumann km-184.and this mic gave me more value than a u87ai.I am a singer songwriter, and this is all i need to record tracks i use for commercial release in my studio recording booth.A pair of km-184 is much better than u-87ai in accuracy sonic capture for acoustic guitar, i can do it in stereo, or just space, xy, whatever i want, so therefore its a winner. Akg c414,5 polar pattern, great on vox,acoustic guitar,and almost suit anything due to its polar pattern.I use it on background vox singer, and rode k2 is a big winwin for my vocal,is a high quality tube mic, and really add that big warm sonic character to vocal recording, not good on acoustic guitar, but great on amping bass,cello, and gtr amp.Overall my point here is not to say u87sucks, is a damn good mic, it got a sonic character of its own, but so does other mic like c414, rode k2.if one day i got the money,i wouldnt mine buying a u87ai,its like having more color to choose from for my recording. However, if you comparing the quality between other high end mic, its way over priced, and its priced more based on its historic value, than quality it can produce. I record through pair of avalon 737sp, apogee ros.200, into protools hd and often just sent off my track than to my enginner to mix. Hope this review helps.

(7 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Highly Overated

By Rents

from Atlanta, GA

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Comments about Neumann U87 Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box:

Don't buy into hype or name brands. It's just like name brand groceries. Nine times out of ten you can get the same great taste from off-brand foods. Same thing with the Neumann. When it comes to Voice over work, an EV RE-20 or even an SM57 Believe it or not will give you an amazing sound. In some applications "SOME" it will give you a better sound than the Neumann. Try it for yourself, plug up an SM57 next time you go to cut some voice overs, step back and let your monitors do the talking. Oh and did I mention you can buy 35 SM57's for the price of one Neumann? Or 10 RE-20's? Don't waste your money, and do some research.

(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Compare and learn

By tom682

from Mesquite, TX

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Comments about Neumann U87 Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box:

I own lots of mics, and not one of them has the clarity and body equaling my U87. From the first day I recorded a vocal with my U87 until now, there is no decision to make, no apologizing, no compromise. This is the best mic. Anybody that says "Xxx microphone is just as good as a U87" simply can't afford one. If they sold U87 microphones for $ 100 each, we'd all own a dozen. So, this bitterness is about money, and I can't make that easier for you. But let's get one thing straight - this is the mic you want. It sounds perfect.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Neumann u87 v All Others

By VO Artist

from Dallas, Texas

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Comments about Neumann U87 Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box:

I have 2 U87a mics in my studio. I've used them for voice overs in my commercials for over 15 years and they still sound as good as the day I bought them. Nothing else compares to these fine instruments of audio. Those who believe a cheaper substitute is the answer, just can't afford them.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply the best

By griz

from montana

Comments about Neumann U87 Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box:

The best microphone I have ever owned - period. The only problem with this microphone is that it hears all of the deficiencies in your recording environment. Most recordings can be handled nicely by many modern microphones, but I have not yet worked with any microphone that even comes close the sonic marvel that is the U87.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The bomb!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Neumann U87 Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box:

This is simply one of the best mics ever made. This will always be my go to mic for vocals. Neumann got it right with this one. While the U47 and U67 are classics, the U87 will always be known as an engineer's number one choice for amazing sound and "workhorse" like reliability.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

There are some things you need to remember...

By Yoda117

from West Chester, PA

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Comments about Neumann U87 Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box:

I've owned a U87 for nearly 10 years now. At the moment, I've got several of them, both "A" series and the newer "AI". Both are great mics, but I don't recommend them for the timid, especially not for voice.The reason is simple... they're very accurate. That's a good thing, but (and I find myself telling VO folks this a lot), if you're not ready to use a mic like this, if you don't have a good area to record in, it'll show.I've got less expensive mics that also sound nice, but usually they're not as accurate, or don't stand out as nicely once dynamic processing is tossed in.Don't get me wrong, the "magic" of this mic is often over-hyped, but it's been a major part of recording for 40 years, and that's because it delivers the goods as advertised.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

pre-amps are KEY

By chris-rgyTW

from D.C.

Comments about Neumann U87 Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box:

this mic is absolutely the clearest mic i've heard in my life. in the studio, we use these coupled with 5k preamps and the sound is out of this world. you can't hope to get a good sound out of something this immaculate without the proper goods. only reason i gave an average review on this mic is because i, myself, can't afford the hefty price tag. that, and this mic isn't for the weak-voiced. if you stutter in your MIND this mic will hear it and deliver in full. but when you hit the studio this is the mic you'll want to make them setup. end of story.

(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Mic ever made.

By Shagnasty

from New Concord,Ky

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Comments about Neumann U87 Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box:

People that give this Mic a bad review need to look at how they are using it. This is a vocal Mic that can be used on other things but as for vocal it can't be beat.There have been countless # 1 hit songs using this Mic on vocal's the only draw back is the price and yes I have owned one and wish I still had it but it was misused when taken out of my studio with out my permission.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Neumann vs. Soudelux

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Neumann U87 Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box:

Much of the equipments in the recording business are ver over rated. For 3,000 you wuold expect to hear a much better diifference than from a $500 mic. There is a difference but not one that it is worth $2500 more. If you have the money to pruchase a microphone of this price go for the soundelux u99, or soundelux u95s

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great vocal mic

By John

from LA

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Neumann U87 Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box:

Replaced a U87 Ai copy with a new Neumann U87 Ai. I'm glad I upgraded -I'm very happy with the clear sound of this mic. This mic doesn't have a vintage type vibe, just a clean and high quality sound. It's expensive, but this mic is a gift to engineers and good singers; it allows you to hear nuances in the voice that other mics simply can't display as clearly. It has a lift in the highs that will pop out in a dense track. A well thought out, proven design. I highly recommend the U87Ai.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent

By CLG

from Pittsburgh, PA

Comments about Neumann U87 Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box:

This microphone has performed in the most detailed degree of vocal/instrument response, and is one if not the top recording microphone on the market. However, I have to agree that with voice over work, it is slightly lacking the bottom, that most voice over projects require (mainly radio). This microphone isn't designed for radio broadcast applications, it's designed for recording studio intimacy.Nuemann U87 + Avalon 737 = HeavenInvest people!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Neumann Microphones Are The Best

By Jim Reynolds

from Minneapolis, Minnesota

Comments about Neumann U87 Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box:

I have been in the recording biz full time for almost 40 years now.I have been using Neumann U-87's & U-67's since 1975.If you dont have these microphones I would not even consider you to be a studio.I have recorded over 1,000 albums and they all feature the unmistakable sound of Neumann.Often imitated but never duplicated.If my Neumann U-87's were stolen I would go out and buy at least 4 of them without even thinking about it.They are that important to the survival in the real world of recording studios.

 
1.0

Its An OK Mic I Guess

By Knockout Ent

from Oklahoma City

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Pricey / Poor Value

Best Uses

  • Professional Recording

Comments about Neumann U87 Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box:

Its ok but not for the price they sell it for,i have a few mics thats under a grand that sound close to and better than this one tho i know mics are different

 
5.0

Don't Be Fooled, It DOES Matter if it's a Neumann

By Rick In TX

from Southeast Texas

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile
  • Well Made

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Neumann U87 Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box:

    I own a lot of microphones for an individual (not a studio), from SM57-58 types, up to the AKG 414 XLII and a bunch in between. As I prepared to move to a greater focus on writing and recording, I decided it was time to purchase a couple of microphones that were the type I have used in a professional recording studio. The first of those that came to mind was the Neumann U87. It was one of two mics (the other being the AKG 414, mentioned above) that I have seen in literally every professional studio I have ever walked into. To say it is a recording industry standard is quite the understatement.

    Let's talk cost: yes, it costs more than many others. In the world of professional microphones, it's actually on the cheaper end of the spectrum when compared with tube microphones, and it costs many times less than vintage originals. But is it expensive? NO, IT IS NOT. Expensive is a relative term, and refers to the amount of money an item costs... relative to what it is. When what it is happens to be one of the most meticulously built, most heavily copied, and highest performing microphones out there (that is in the estimation of the top-tier professionals in the business, not Joe Equipment-reviewer on your local forum) , the cost is reasonable, and as mentioned, low in comparison to others in its peer group.

    And how does it sound? Clear and honest. If you sound bad or ameteurish, you will get a very clear rendition of a bad and ametuerish sound. Don't blame the mic. If you put great sound into it, you get incredibly great sound out, and you can hear every nuance. In testing at home, it was sometimes shocking how much more revealing the U87 was. I can only compare it to my experience with any other top of the line equipment. It just keeps surprising you with "oh yeah" moments.

    Ultimately, nothing is for everyone. And if you don't have the ears to hear the difference, don't waste your money. But if you're up to it, I promise you this mic is up to it as well.

     
    5.0

    Wow!

    By L. Pass. Professor of guitar Berklee College

    from Boston, MA

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Neumann U87 Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box:

    Ever since I heard this mic I've been deeply amazed. The sound is absolutely stunning. Some things really are hype or association with a big Artist name. But this Neumann U87 is truely a gem & has been a classic mic for all the best musical reasons. I LOVE mine.

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