Studio Microphone

U 87 Ai mt Stereo Set

The ultimate studio standard all over the world. For 50 years!

  • The most widely used studio microphone for 50 years
  • Balanced frequency response in three polar patterns
  • Very low self-noise
  • Classic sound

COLORS AND VARIANTS

Suited for:

Max. SPL
127 dB
S/N Ratio
82 dB
Sensitivity
28 mV/Pa

The Gold Standard

The Neumann U 87 Ai is probably the best-known and most frequently used studio microphone the world over. Its smooth and refined sound is as iconic as its elegant exterior design. The U 87 Ai is the standard microphone for speech and vocals. Three polar patterns plus pad and low cut options make it adaptable to a wide range of applications.

Dealer Description

Omnipresent Yet Unique

The Neumann U 87 Ai is a true legend. Introduced in 1967, it has shaped the sound of countless hit records for the past 50 years. And when those hits were announced on the radio, many a DJ sat before a U 87 Ai. The legend continues: To this day, no professional recording studio is complete without a Neumann U 87 Ai.

The U 87 Ai is the epitome of a large diaphragm condenser microphone. Its tapered body and iconic headgrille design have become part of the collective consciousness: This is what a studio microphone looks like. The same is true of its sound: The U 87 Ai represents studio quality; it has become the gold standard by which other microphones are measured.

What sets the U 87 Ai apart is its unique combination of linearity and character. Although its on-axis frequency response is remarkably flat, it does exert certain charisma. It just sounds right! This makes the U 87 Ai both versatile and instantly recognizable.

Classic Neumann Engineering

Technically speaking, the U 87 Ai is a traditional design whose timeless formula has remained unchanged for decades. The U 87 Ai uses the same dual diaphragm condenser capsule design as its predecessor, the no less legendary U 67 of the early 1960s. Its head amplifier, too, is based on the same design principles as its tube driven predecessor, but the U 87 Ai realizes them by means of a unique FET circuit with a minimal signal path and a transformer balanced output, ensuring maximum signal integrity and high common mode rejection.

The result is a studio microphone of unmatched clarity. Its natural sound and unique midrange presence make the U 87 Ai the ultimate vocal microphone, praised by singers and engineers alike, as well the prime choice for speech applications, such as voice over, dubbing, and audio books. Due to its balanced response in each of its three directional patterns, the U 87 Ai is also a versatile microphone for anything from acoustic guitar to drums overheads. Due to its solid bass response and excellent midrange detail, it is often seen in front of bass and guitar cabinets. For classical recordings, the U 87 Ai is frequently used as a spot mic for soloists, e.g. cello. A stereo pair of U 87 Ais is the preferred choice of many engineers for recording piano in virtually any genre from pop and jazz to classical music.

  • The world’s most famous studio microphone
  • Classic sound, instantly recognizable yet versatile
  • Balanced frequency response
  • Three polar patterns: omni, cardioid, figure-8
  • Switchable low cut and pad
  • Very low self-noise
Acoustical operating principle Pressure gradient transducer
Directional Pattern Omnidirectional, cardioid, figure-8
Frequency Range 20 Hz ... 20 kHz
Sensitivity at 1 kHz into 1 kohm 20/28/22 mV/Pa ± 1 dB (Omni/cardioid/8)
Rated Impedance 200 ohms
Rated load impedance 1 kohms
Equivalent noise level, CCIR¹⁾ 26/23/25 dB (Omni/cardioid/8)
Equivalent noise level, A-weighted¹⁾ 15/12/14 dB-A (Omni/cardioid/8)
Maximum SPL for THD 0.5%²⁾ 117 dB (cardioid)
Maximum SPL for THD 0.5% with preattenuation²⁾ 127 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio, CCIR (re. 94 dB SPL)¹⁾ 68/71/69 dB (Omni/cardioid/8)
Signal-to-noise ratio, A-weighted (re. 94 dB SPL)¹⁾ 79/82/80 dB (Omni/cardioid/8)
Maximum output voltage -6 dBu
Supply voltage (P48, IEC 61938) 48 V ± 4 V
Current consumption (P48, IEC 61938) 0.8 mA
Matching connector XLR 3 F
Weight 500 g
Diameter 56 mm
Length 200 mm

1) according to IEC 60268-1; CCIR-weighting acccording to CCIR 468-3, quasi peak; A-weighting according to IEC 61672-1, RMS

3) measured as equivalent el. input signal

Diagrams

Figure 8 U 87 Ai

Figure 8 U 87 Ai Figure 8 U 87 Ai

Cardioid U 87 Ai

Cardioid U 87 Ai Cardioid U 87 Ai

Omni U 87 Ai

Omni U 87 Ai Omni U 87 Ai
TLM 49 Set

EA 87

Shock Mount

EA 87
TLM 49 Set

Z 48

Shock Mount

Z 48
TLM 49 Set

PS 15

Popscreen

PS 15
TLM 49 Set

PS 20 a

Popscreen

PS 20 a
TLM 49 Set

WS 87

Windscreen

WS 87
TLM 49 Set

N 248

Power Supply

N 248
TLM 49 Set

MF 3

Table Stand

MF 3
TLM 49 Set

MF 4

Floor Stand

MF 4
TLM 49 Set

MF 5

Floor Stand

MF 5
TLM 49 Set

STV 4

Stand Extension

STV 4
TLM 49 Set

STV 20

Stand Extension

STV 20
TLM 49 Set

STV 40

Stand Extension

STV 40
TLM 49 Set

STV 60

Stand Extension

STV 60
TLM 49 Set

Z 26 mt

Shock mount

Z 26 mt
TLM 49 Set

MNV 87

Auditorium Hanger

MNV 87
TLM 49 Set

DS 120

Double Mount

DS 120
TLM 49 Set

SG 287

Stand Mount

SG 287
TLM 49 Set

IC 3 mt

Microphone Cable

IC 3 mt
TLM 49 Set

IC 4

Microphone Cable

IC 4

U 87 Ai

Color nickel

CAT. NO. 007022

U 87 Ai
  • U 87 Ai Microphone
  • Wooden Box

U 87 Ai mt

Color black

CAT. NO. 007023

U 87 Ai mt
  • U 87 Ai mt Microphone
  • Wooden Box

U 87 Ai Studio Set

Color nickel

CAT. NO. 008660

U 87 Ai Studio Set
  • U 87 Ai Microphone
  • EA 87 Shock Mount
  • EA 87 Ai Wooden Box
  • Package: Cardboard Box

U 87 Ai mt Studio Set

Color black

CAT. NO. 008661

U 87 Ai mt Studio Set
  • U 87 Ai mt Microphone
  • EA 87 mt Shock Mount
  • EA 87 Ai Wooden Box
  • Package: Cardboard Box

U 87 Ai Stereo Set

Color nickel

CAT. NO. 008505

U 87 Ai Stereo Set
  • 2 x U 87 Ai Microphone
  • 2 x EA 87 Shock Mount
  • 2 x Dust Cover
  • Aluminium Case

U 87 Ai mt Stereo Set

Color black

CAT. NO. 008506

U 87 Ai mt Stereo Set
  • 2 x U 87 Ai mt Microphone
  • 2 x EA 87 mt Shock Mount
  • 2 x Dust Cover
  • Aluminium Case

Suited for:

Max. SPL
127 dB
S/N Ratio
82 dB
Sensitivity
28 mV/Pa

WHAT OTHERS SAY

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"The bottom line is that the TLM 103 is a phenomenal microphone. Five stars go to Neumann on this one... it's a keeper!"

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Jack Garzonio Shows You the Legendary Neumann Microphone Collection at Studios 301!

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