my Neumann :( please help...

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by sushifish, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. sushifish

    sushifish Guest

    My pride and joy (U87 w/ Klause Heynes mod) is distorting any time it's being pushed with loud vocals. I've tried different pre's, cables, and other mics and everything is pointing to my Neumann. (my other mics sound great) Is there a certain way I should try the switches / configuration on the U87. Right now both switches on the back of the mic are "Open". Not sure... Any help would be great. -matt
  2. baslotto

    baslotto Active Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    There is no way you can distort singing in a microphone unless the input gain is set on "very loud". It could be a problem with the mic itself. Set the gain of the preamp lower and see if it helps. The switches in the back modify the sound, not the gain into it.

    Hope this helps.

  3. ghellquist

    ghellquist Member

    May 25, 2004
    Do contact Klaus directly. He is a true expert.

  4. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    I agree with Gunnar and
    Klaus is gonna want to know about anything he's modded.
  5. sushifish

    sushifish Guest

    Thanks, I will contact the master.
  6. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    You can overload a U87 with vocals! That's what they make that little switch for that says " -10 DB". Try it, you'll like it!

    Ms. Remy Ann David
  7. baslotto

    baslotto Active Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    I didn't know that. Thanks for the info.
  8. sushifish

    sushifish Guest

    I tried the "-10 db" and it made it much better but not to par. Should I take off the "cutoff" (opposite of the -10) switch or leave it open.

    Thanx, matt
  9. iznogood

    iznogood Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    you could step away from the mic too.....
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