If you’re in the market for a more in-depth sound quality, an added sparkle and the highest versatility in a microphone then look no further than the Neumann U 87 AI MT. Anyone who suspects the capabilities of the Neumann U87 has questionable credibility seeing that it is the go-to microphone for any seasoned music or film sound producer.
Here is why every sound engineer or quality noise fanatic loves the Neumann U87.
The Neumann U87 Ai MT is a multi-patterned, large dual-diaphragm condenser microphone known for its extremely balanced and warm characteristics making it the first choice for a vocal microphone for every type of speech and music.
The Neumann U87 takes the prize hands down on build quality. Every caricature of German engineering comes to mind, with the flawless machining design and impressively lightweight. In addition, the switches and selectors feel pretty solid and displays the pinnacle of craftsmanship.
Next off, the Neumann U87 has a large dual-diaphragm with three choices for frequency pickup patterns through a switch located in the head basket: bi-directional, cardioid and omnidirectional.
The bi-directional setting enables the mic to pick up and record anything around it, the cardioid setting receives sounds from the front and cancel out any from the back making it ideal for a single speaker and the bi-directional setting picks up sounds from the rear and front canceling out sounds from the sides.
It also features a 10db pre-attenuation switch, which means it can handle pressure levels of sound of up to 127db without causing any distortions. Additionally, responses for low frequencies can be effectively minimized to make up for the proximity effect.
Also, under the hood is an additional switch behind which allows you to adjust the microphone’s cutoff frequency. This works to minimize the interference by low frequencies directly on the input of the microphone’s amplifier.
This feature also helps to make up for the inevitable bass boost which usually occurs due to the pressure gradient transducer usually in close proximity—the proximity effect.
What we liked
- It handles the brutality and catcalls of upper frequencies quite smoothly
- The large dual diaphragm gives us three pick up patterns at the switch of a button.
- Especially capable of handling high sound pressure levels thanks to its 10db pre-attenuation switch.
What we didn’t like
- It’s far too pricey for a regular microphone user.
Neumann U 87 AI MT Review – Test
Neumann U 87 AI MT Review
Quality - 98%
Durability - 92%
Features - 92%
Sound - 97%
The U87 quite possibly captures sound with an astounding level of clear-cut detail that is very musical and has a lot of fidelity. The Neumann U87 represents the gold standards in a microphone, equipped with a variety of features and diversity making it one of the most attractive microphones on the market.
Investing in this little bad boy is a costly affair—almost as much as a car, but one that we leave you the envy of everyone in your audio production circle.