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For over 50 years, the Neumann U87AI large diaphragm condenser microphone has been the studio standard for capturing high-quality recordings. This flagship microphone from Neumann combines a balanced, natural tone with a rugged build to produce pristine recordings of vocals, acoustic instruments, drum overheads and more.

Pristine, Natural Sound Quality

The U87AI delivers a balanced, natural tone for an authentic capture of any sound source. Its wide, flat frequency response captures all the details and nuances in a recording. The transformerless circuitry reduces low-frequency distortion for a clean signal even at high sound pressure levels. Hear why top studios rely on the U87AI to capture lead vocals, choirs, acoustic guitars and piano.

Reliable, Heavy-Duty Build

Neumann is renowned for build quality and the U87AI lives up to this reputation. Its double-layer mesh grille, metal housing and high-quality components are built to last through decades of heavy studio use. The U87AI's capsule is mounted elastically to reduce handling and structure-borne noise for a quiet operation. This microphone is a long-term investment that delivers consistent performance and sound quality over its lifetime.

Versatile Polar Patterns

The U87AI features three polar patterns: omnidirectional, cardioid and figure-8. Select the pattern that suits your recording needs. The cardioid pattern is ideal for vocalists, as it picks up sound from the front while rejecting noise from the sides and rear. Engage the omnidirectional pattern to capture the ambient room sound along with the direct signal. Use figure-8 mode for instrument or vocal overdubs where sound is picked up equally from the front and rear of the mic.

Iconic Design

With its distinctive champagne color and grille, the U87AI is instantly recognizable. This iconic design has remained largely unchanged since 1967, reflecting Neumann's timeless philosophy of building microphones that deliver consistent world-class performance and sound quality that stands the test of time. The U87AI is a modern studio classic that helps capture legendary recordings.

Neumann U 87 Ai Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone Nickel

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  • Classic sound, instantly recognizable yet versatile
  • Balanced frequency response
  • Three polar patterns: omni, cardioid, figure-8
  • Switchable low cut and pad, with very low self-noise

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  • Mic Type: Pressure-gradient transducer
  • Directional Pattern: Omnidirectional, cardioid, figure-8
  • Frequency Range; 20Hz–20kHz
  • Sensitivity at 1kHz into 1 kohm: 20/28/22 mV/Pa ± 1dB (Omni/cardioid/8)
  • Rated Impedance: 200 ohms
  • Rated load impedance: 1 kohms
  • Equivalent noise level, CCIR: 1 26/23/25dB (Omni/cardioid/8)
  • Equivalent noise level, A-weighted: 2 15/12/14 dB-A (Omni/cardioid/8)
  • Maximum SPL for THD: 0.5% 3 117dB (cardioid)
  • Maximum SPL for THD: 0.5% with preattenuation 4 127dB
  • Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR (re. 94 dB SPL): 5 68/71/69dB (Omni/cardioid/8)
  • Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted (re. 94 dB SPL): 6 79/82/80dB (Omni/cardioid/8)
  • Maximum output voltage: -6 dBu
  • Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938): 48V ± 4V
  • Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938): 0.8 mA
  • Matching connector XLR 3 F
  • Weight: 500 g
  • Diameter: 56 mm
  • Length: 200 mm

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1 year warranty.

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