Berlin/Anaheim, January 25, 2018 – It was the microphone that defined the sound of the sixties: The U 67 tube microphone, introduced in 1960, was the quintessential studio workhorse throughout the formative years of modern music. To this day, many top-level engineers would choose the U 67 as their “desert island” microphone for its inimitably smooth sound and extraordinary versatility. This universal studio microphone has acquired a legendary status, and with it a large and passionate community of fans: Now Neumann has incredible news for lovers of the U 67: for the first time in decades, the iconic tube microphone is back in production and built to the original specifications.
"The sound and technical design of the U 67 are truly timeless," said Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann.Berlin. "Its cone-shaped body and the tapered headgrille have become iconic for the Neumann brand. The re-issue has been meticulously reproduced to original specifications, and we are very proud to re-launch this superb tube microphone at NAMM."
Suitable for any recording task
With three selectable polar patterns – omni-directional, cardioid, and figure-of-8 – and advanced tube circuitry, including low-cut and pad switches, the Neumann U 67 is well-equipped for virtually any recording task. Its smooth top-end with a subtle tube shimmer makes the U 67 an outstanding vocal microphone for both male and female voices. Due to its essentially linear response in the three polar patterns, the U 67 is also a very versatile microphone for all kinds of instruments such as strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, drums, acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar and upright bass.
Return of a legend
On its launch in 1960, the U 67 was quickly adopted as the new studio standard because of its extraordinary versatility and sound quality. The U 67 was the first microphone equipped with the famous K 67 capsule, which has since become associated with "the Neumann sound" and continues to be used in its successor, the U 87 A. No less important is the U 67's masterful tube circuit, which features a clever pre-emphasis/de-emphasis scheme to minimize tube hiss. The U 67 was also the first microphone to address modern recording techniques such as close miking, with its switchable low-cut filter compensating for the proximity effect occurring at short recording distances. Using its pre-attenuation, the U 67 can handle high sound pressure levels of up to 124 dB without distortion – and much more if users do not mind a bit of "tube grit"…
Sonically, the current re-issue is identical to the U 67 made from 1960–1971. It uses the same capsule and electronic design. Key parts, such as the BV 12 output transformer, have been meticulously reproduced according to original documentation. Its EF86 tubes have been carefully selected in a dedicated measurement facility for optimal characteristics and lowest noise.
U 67 Set
The U 67 comes in a vintage case that is – just like the U 67 re-issue – hand-made in Germany. Besides the microphone, it includes an elastic suspension, a microphone cable and the NU 67 V power supply. The power supply was redesigned to meet today's strict safety requirements and to accommodate the slightly higher filament current of newer premium-grade tubes. The new NU 67 V is fully compatible with older U 67 microphones, and automatically adapts to the local mains voltage.
The U 67 Set will be available from March 2018
THE U 87 RHODIUM EDITION
NEUMANN CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF THE LEGENDARY MICROPHONE
WITH THE ULTIMATE LIMITED EDITION
Berlin/Amsterdam, 15 September 2017 – There is an elite category of products that exist outside of the march of time – transcending their moment to become timeless icons. In the world of recording, the Neumann U 87 is one such legend. For 50 years this professional studio microphone has been setting standards in the field of audio recording. Now, Neumann celebrates the anniversary of this studio legend with the U 87 Rhodium Edition – a spectacular creation that gives the beautiful U 87 an extra special look to celebrate its timeless achievement.
The U 87 has gained its cherished status thanks to the incredible universality and versatility that has made it a vital part of recording for a half century. Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann.Berlin, explains that this is why something very special was needed to mark the 50-year anniversary – a rhodium-plated edition of the acclaimed U 87: “This extraordinary combination is the ideal way to celebrate the 50th birthday of the U 87. The exclusivity and beauty of rhodium powerfully expresses the timeless quality of this microphone. The Rhodium Edition truly embodies the high standards of Neumann.”
Alongside its technical accomplishments, the mythic status of the U 87 is as much about the fabric of memories and history woven around the microphone itself. Almost all the great names in the music industry have recorded with the U 87. This peerless history influenced the choice of rhodium. Far rarer than gold, it reflects light more than any other metal, which is why it is used for the mirrors of high-performance telescopes that study the farthest reaches of the universe. This transcendent quality sets it above other precious metals.
Exclusive, limited and made to order
Neumann is offering the U 87 Rhodium Edition only once, made to order and limited to only 500 units worldwide. Each of the meticulously crafted microphones is individually numbered with a certificate of authenticity hand signed by Wolfgang Fraissinet, President, Neumann.Berlin.
Every U 87 Rhodium Edition is supplied with a Neumann aluminum case and a special Rhodium Edition EA 87 elastic suspension. A pair of black gloves is also included for keeping the limited-edition microphone in pristine condition.
The U 87 Rhodium Edition is exclusively available via select dealers with orders starting from September 2017. To learn more and to enquire as to availability, please visit the special microsite celebrating 50 years of the U 87, which provides an up-to-date list of dealers with available special editions. www.neumann.com/50YEARS-U87