Please help me decide...

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jroberts

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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!
 

anonymous

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what are you looking to record? nothing beats simply listening to them for yourself and letting your ears be the judge
 

Treena Foster

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I've been looking for a good all-purpose large-diaphragm condensor and I just found a good deal on a used U87Ai locally.
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
 
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jroberts

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Originally posted by scenaria:
...what are you looking to record?
Everything, but most often vocals and acoustic guitars.

...nothing beats simply listening to them for yourself and letting your ears be the judge
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.
 
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jroberts

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Originally posted by AudioGaff:
This was very recently covered.
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.
 

Davedog

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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.
 
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Alécio Costa - Brazil

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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.
 
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Davedog

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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.
 
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Neo

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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.
 
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Ras Judah

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Greetings J,

Originally posted by jroberts:
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.
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.

HTH
 
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