Few microphones are more ubiquitous and beloved than the Neumann U 87 Ai, found in recording and broadcast studios in every corner of the planet and heard on hundreds of thousands of recordings and arguably the benchmark by which other FET microphones are judged. Originally released in 1967 and wholly unchanged since 1987, the U 87 Ai is a phenomenal do-it-all condenser microphone that's equally at home in front of a singer, hanging above a drum kit, or peeking into a grand piano.

Product Specs

  • U 87 Ai
  • Nickel
  • 2010s
Made In
  • Germany

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Reviews for the Neumann U 87 Ai
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  • Neumann U87

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    Excellent service and exactly as advertised. Bottom line, this is one of the definitive vocal mics, period. Save your money and buy this one.

  • Legendary

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    It's a u87, everyone and their mothers know what this is, and how it sounds. You don't need to hear it from me.

  • 50 Years Later And The U87 Is Still In The Mix

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    Most interested people probably look upon the U87 as the industry standard vocal mic. I bought mine for the application of recording acoustic and electric guitar. A couple years ago I bought a U47-FET and I really love that mic. I found it sounds fantastic on guitar amps, vocals, and other applicati…

  • wow this mic!

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    Amazing mic, now I understand why so many people talk wonders about it.

  • So beautiful , so real , audio silk

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    I have listened to many microphones that people have custom made to sound like a U87 , but nothing ( just my opinion ) sounds like a U87. The depth of clarity and subtle sound nuances it captures are as realistic to the natural sound as I have ever heard. Sure there is better , but for what price . But just as bad as a lays potato chip , ya can't just have one. D

More Information

Founded in 1928, Neumann ranks as one of the premier makers of professional microphones in the world. The U 87 is a classic Neumann design that was based on the earlier tube-based U 67. The U 87 has seen just a few changes over the years, and remains an extremely common pro-level studio mic. For many, the U 87 stands with the Shure SM57 as one of the most iconic mics of all time. 

Years of Production: 1967 - present

Type: Large diaphragm condenser