Neumann U87 Microphone Review | The Legendary MIC

Neumann U87The Investment But a Great Quality!

The Neumann U67 was a microphone famous for its tube sound during the 1960s.

With large dual-diaphragm condenser microphone with three directional patterns, you had lots of variations and great sound for the price of one.

However, as valve parts tend to be done away with come the late 70s…

Neumann needed to step up the pace. So they released the U87, a solid-state version of the U67.

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Neumann on the standA sleek Design & Multi Pattern

The Neumann U87 is a multi-directional condenser microphone that still has its three direction patterns of Omni, Cardioid and Figure-8.

The mode can be set below the head of the grille.

Behind the microphone is a 10 db attenuation switch and a low-frequency roll-off, making it versatile for instrument recording.

But where it excels in sound is what it was meant for, the vocals.

nuemann-u87The microphone comes in a beautiful rosewood box. Its case is dedicated to make sure the microphone fits inside the box perfectly.

It has no DC-DC converter, meaning that it is polarized at about 46V.

Its onboard battery pack can provide the power. This is a sign that it was especially made to work with a good preamp.

Good microphones can sound bad if the preamps aren’t as useful as they were meant to be.
How does a mic like this Sound?

Neumann microphones have been known to be pricey (this is priced around $3,500) but are also well-known for their sound quality. Recording with this microphone for the first time, it brings out the full character of the voice you are looking to record.

Its three-direction patterns allow you to adjust to any kind of recording situation. Engineers can use it to close-mic a singing artist or recording an entire orchestra ensemble with multiple microphones.

Neumann U87It has a singing midrange, which gives life and breadth to vocals and acoustic instruments.

Clarity is further suspended upwards the high-mids to almost-treble frequencies.

However, this might be because of my preamp. Having a good pre-amp that has a clear, powerful quality is highly important to successfully bring out great sound from the Neumann U87.

Sometimes, I leave some frequencies of the microphones recorded with the Neumann U87 as is. They’re too good to be tied down by digital-sounding plugins.

I’ve also tried to use it on drum overheads. Sometimes, they can get the frequencies out of focus. It’s also quite bad to use with electric guitar micing because they lack this particular discipline for certain frequencies.

It is worth noting that the BBC had considered them to be mainstays in their department because of clear voice over quality for their radio and television programs. They’ve even appeared in some iconic big pop-star photos during the early 60s-70s.

Final Words

For the price, you’ve got to be right. If you’re wanting to invest in a sure-fire microphone that can adapt to any audio situation, you’ve got the Neumann U87.

And I must admit, paying a whopping $$$$ is some serious money, but you are paying for years of design and build.

It’s a fairly-packed device as well. It would suffer one or three falls before you see some dent and scratches in your microphone. Comment and Share if you like!