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Please help me decide...

Discussion in 'Recording' started by jroberts, Sep 5, 2003.

  1. jroberts

    jroberts Guest

    I've been looking for a good all-purpose large-diaphragm condensor and I just found a good deal on a used U87Ai locally. It was purchased new and never used, so it's pretty-much brand new. I can get it for $1,450, which seems like a pretty good deal. But then I think to myself that I could get a Shure KSM44 for less than half that price or an AT4050 for less than a third of that price. Is the U87 worth the extra, or would I just be paying extra for the Neumann name? I'm really torn.

    Someone please talk me through this decision!
  2. RandomGuest

    RandomGuest Guest

    Feb 10, 2001
    what are you looking to record? nothing beats simply listening to them for yourself and letting your ears be the judge
  3. Treena Foster

    Treena Foster Active Member

    Jul 4, 2003
    The U87Ai is a very versatile mic. If you have the funds and this paticular mic sounds good I would go for it.

    :h: Treena
  4. jroberts

    jroberts Guest

    Everything, but most often vocals and acoustic guitars.

    If I could get them all in my studio together for a few weeks, that would be a great strategy. But I can't, so I'm just looking for some outside opinions to help me with my choice.
  5. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Distinguished Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    This was very recently covered. Read through these...

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  6. jroberts

    jroberts Guest

    Well, I'm not really asking "Which is the best vocal mic" or "Is the U87 the only mic worth having". But I take it from those threads that you find the U87 to be significantly (i.e. 15% - 25%) "better" or "more useful" than a 4050 and that overall you feel it is a good investment. Consider that noted.
  7. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Thats a decent price for a very decent mic.Its one of those mics tht 'may' work on a lot of sources.It also may not.If you are planning on using it for your own vocals then I would give it a very detailed listen.If you are getting it as a purposed vocal mic for an array of vocalists I would think twice about it.For the same amount of money you can buy three really decent mics and cover a larger pallette of sounds.The U87ai is not my favorite, though it is a Neumann.
  8. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Distinguished Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    Someone told me that new U87´s are completly different from those manufactured pre-Sennheiser age.
    I compared an At4050 with a U87, for vocals and accordion:
    1)U87 is fuller under 240Hz. Vocals sounded deeper
    2)At4050 has a slight bump around 8k/12k, which can provide sibilant tracks with some vocalists. So verify mic placement.
    3)At4050 had more gain than the U87 vintage model.
    However, for 1/3 of the price and as Roger Nichols mentioned at a past EQ issue, this microphone rules, could be more expensive.
  9. jfavela

    jfavela Guest

    Hi ever looked in to RODE mics? Check em out!

    I LOVE the NT1000.
  10. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    At that price, I know where you can get a used Rode NT1, a used AT 4047, and still have quite a bit of cash left to buy a new ADK Area51 TT.These should cover ANY recording situations you might have come up.They're all different and all really good quality in build and sound.
  11. Neo

    Neo Guest

    I'm not totally sure of the price,
    but so a search on a mic called "Mouse" by "Blue".
    Some friends of mine used it for vocals when they recorded they're demo. Producer "Pete Thornton" suggested they use the mic I think.
    He just called it the "Blue Mouse".
    It's a truly wonderful mic.
  12. Neo

    Neo Guest

    heres a link to a pic and description of it.
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  13. Ras Judah

    Ras Judah Guest

    Greetings J,

    Couldn't you hire them all for a week or two? I know it'll cost money but, as has already been mentioned, nothing beats evaluating them for yourself.


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