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EXPERT VIEWS: Axel Reinemer on the U 87play button

EXPERT VIEWS: Axel Reinemer on the U 87


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Brought to you by Neumann, the U 87 Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone with Box is the latest incarnation of an audio icon. First introduced in 1967, the U 87 microphone gained instant acclaim for its pristine sonic quality, versatility, and roadworthiness—and it has since become standard equipment in professional recording studios worldwide. Now, five decades later, Neumann has updated this classic mic with state-of-the-art components while retaining its signature sound. The result is the U 87 Ai, a microphone that combines vintage character with modern performance.

Three Selectable Polar Patterns for Ultimate Flexibility

With the flip of a switch, the U 87 Ai can be set to omnidirectional, cardioid, or figure-8 polar patterns. This allows the mic to capture sound from all directions, focus on the front, or pick up from both front and rear—ideal for any recording application from orchestras and choirs to vocals, drums and guitar amps. And no matter the polar pattern selected, the U 87 Ai delivers the beautifully balanced, natural sound that has made the U 87 a legend.

Attenuation and Low-Cut Switches Provide Precise Control

For situations that require a bit of attenuation to prevent overloading, the U 87 Ai includes a -10 dB pad that can handle sound pressure levels up to 127 dB. A low-cut filter at 80 Hz helps reduce unwanted rumble from proximity effect. Engauge these switches as needed to precisely tailor the U 87 Ai's output level and frequency response for any source.

Rugged Build Quality You Can Depend On

Like all Neumann microphones, the U 87 Ai is handcrafted in Germany to the highest standards. Its double-mesh headgrille, durable metal housing, and internal shockmount provide excellent protection. And with proper care, the U 87 Ai will deliver pristine audio quality for decades—just like its legendary predecessor. For professional recording engineers and home studio owners alike, the Neumann U 87 Ai is an investment in excellence that will pay off for years to come.

Includes Essential Accessories

The U 87 Ai Shockmount Set ships complete with an SG 87 elastic suspension shockmount to prevent unwanted vibrations, a windscreen for outdoor recording, a 3 m (9.8') cable, and a wooden storage box to keep all components safe when not in use. Simply provide 48V phantom power and plug the U 87 Ai into your mixer or audio interface to start recording.

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

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, and Lead, which is known to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to

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1 year warranty.

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