Mic #1 Answer
Yes, the ubiquitous Neumann u87 was the correct answer to Name That Mic #1. The microphone supports three polar patterns: omni, cardioid, and bidirectional. There’s a low rolloff (that doesn’t sound very good), and a -10dB pad (that doesn’t sound very good). Stephen Paul told me that a u87 likes to see a transformer input. I thought he was full of crap, but I’ve learned from experience he was right: a microphone preamp with a transformer input tends to sound better than a transformerless input on this mic. Sure, a u87 costs a lot of money, but it sounds good on almost anything.
Enjoy some more glamour shots of the u87. Click any image to enlarge.
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