A Unbeatable Large-Diaphragm Mic The Neumann U87Ai is equipped with a large pressure-gradient transducer with a dual double membrane capsule. Operationally, it features 3 switchable directional patterns: omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-8. These are toggled with the switch located below the head grille.
The omnidirectional pattern on the U87 is often used for situations in which you want an even 360 degrees of recording within a given space. In omni mode, the U87 is a no-brainer for getting super-transparent room tone with exceptional transient response. It's a particularly awesome setting for large acoustic ensemble settings. U87s are often used as the central conductor's-eye-view microphone in orchestral recordings.
The cardioid setting picks up sound in a heart-shaped pattern, facing forward. This is probably the most common setting for the U87, given its longstanding fame as the end-all-be-all vocal microphone. However, you can also use this setting to excellent effect with acoustic guitars and in front of some guitar or keyboard amplifiers. The frequency response on the cardioid pattern maintains a super-smooth frequency response at a distance of 10 to 15 inches.
The figure-8 configuration on the U87 picks up sound from either side of the capsule, but avoids becoming overdriven by powerful sounds up front. It is perfect when you need to get a clear but less direct sound from acoustic instruments like drums or upright bass. Its frequency response remains consistent even at a distance of 6 to 8 inches. Two U87 microphones in figure-8 mode make a killer Blumlein stereo pair for recording acoustic piano, room ensembles, and just about anything else you can imagine.
Further Adjustments to Make it Perfect The Neumann U87 also features a 10 dB attenuation switch, located on the rear, that allows the microphone to continue working under sound pressure levels up to 127 dB without the slightest amount of distortion. The low frequency response can also be reduced, which gives you more flexibility when compensating for the low-frequency spikes that occur in all pressure gradient transducers, as a result of "proximity effect" on vocals or instruments in the studio.
Neumann U87Ai Large-Diaphragm Microphone Features - Variable large-diaphragm microphone
- Pressure-gradient transducer with double membrane capsule
- 3 direction patterns: omni, cardioid, figure-8
- Low frequency roll-off switch
- 10 dB pre-attenuation switch
- Case, shock mount, windscreen, and cable included with this package
This venerable large-diaphragm condenser is a classic for a reason! You'll turn to it time and time again for voiceover, vocals, acoustic instruments and amps.
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