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I've ever used. I was going to joke that
the U 87 Ai has "no personality," but
actually it's true!
This is not a mic you use because it
has a sound, you use it because of how
it captures a sound. It's not bass-heavy,
it's not bright and modern, it doesn't add
air, and it will not make something sound
exciting. It does have a slight upper-mid
push, but it is not forceful in any way.
This may be counterintuitive in today's
world of "finding the perfect mic for the
perfect source in the perfect phase of the
moon," but the U 87 Ai's lack of character
is its character, and is exactly what's so
exciting about it. It... just... works.
Its controlled low end, balanced with
a lack of upper end tizziness, is great on
acoustic guitars. It has the right amount
of proximity effect for voiceover work
and intimate vocals. It's great for taming piercing guitar amps and brass instruments, thanks to its pad and mid-forward
nature. This same little upper-mid boost and

controlled low end also make it a great
mic on toms, congas, cajon, and djembe.
It's very clean and quiet, and its
off-axis rejection is wonderful-the way
it grabs and focuses on a source in a
close-miking situation is almost surreal.
You truly just hear the source, making it
great for use in small vocal booths or
poorly-treated rooms.

"Oh, that's the sound!" and "This is why
this is a classic." It wouldn't surprise me
if the U 87 Ai remained the solid-state
large-diaphragm condenser mic to beat
for another 50 years.

Someone has a crush!

Am I crushing on this mic right now?
You bet. Putting up a real German-made
U 87 Ai, with the same unmatched
quality that's been its hallmark for 50
years, is pretty inspiring.
It's like the first time you use a real
classic compressor, preamp, or EQ after
only trying clones, alternate choices, or
plug-ins for years. All of those can be
great and you can make good music
with them all, but when you get to use
the real deal, there is a moment when
your brain and ears click and you realize:

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