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A staple of professional recording studios worldwide, the Neumann U 87 Ai large-diaphragm condenser microphone has been brought into the modern age. The U 87 Ai provides three directional patterns—omni, cardioid and figure-8—to capture any instrument or vocal with stunning realism. Its flat frequency response and natural midrange are perfect for lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitars, drum overheads and more.

Industry-Standard Sound and Reliability

Neumann has been making the world's finest microphones for over 90 years, and the U 87 Ai continues this tradition of excellence. Its large diaphragm condenser capsule offers a balanced sound with articulate highs, rich lows and an open midrange that flatters any source. The U 87 Ai provides the warmth and character that has made it a go-to for major studios, along with switchable 10 dB pad and low-cut filter for ultimate versatility. Built to rigorous standards in Germany, the U 87 Ai will deliver pristine recordings for decades thanks to premium components and Neumann's meticulous quality control.

Capture Any Instrument or Vocal

With its three directional patterns and extended 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response, the U 87 Ai excels on a wide range of sources. Engaging the cardioid pattern reduces room ambience for intimate vocals and acoustic instruments. Switch to omni for drum overheads, piano or ensemble recording. The figure-8 pattern is ideal for recording two sources at once, like a duet or interview. No matter the application, the U 87 Ai captures audio with stunning depth, detail and realism.

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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

collapse expand iconWarranty

1 year warranty.

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