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"He also used a Fender Bassman on about four songs and a Vox AC30 for some clean tracks. Four microphones were used to mic Kurt's speaker cabinet (he would pick which mic he liked best for each song and its signal was sent through the Neve console at Sound City): a Shure SM57, an AKG 414, a Neumann U87, and occasionally a Sennheiser 421."more
[This article](http://www.emusician.com/gear/1332/school-of-seven-bells/40652) from *Electronic Musician* on the recording of SVIIB's debut album explains, "The twins were recorded either together or separately into a Neumann U87, [Universal Audio SOLO/610 preamp](http://equipboard.com/items/universal-audio-solo-610-tube-preamp), a Focusrite interface and [MacBook Pro](http://equipboard.com/items/apple-macbook-pro) running [Logic](http://equipboard.com/items/apple-logic-pro-9). 'A lot of times we'll record the vocals before doing anything else,' Curtis explains."more
This Sound On Sound article states: "When I first worked with Jeff, he sang into a U87 because he was used to that, and then I used an AKG 414, while always employing a little slap delay. I really like that microphone and I've used it on a lot of people, such as Freddie Mercury. It just has something special, whereas the Neumann had a honk in it that I didn't like.more
"We recorded three different versions of the song, though the vocal remained the same throughout each incarnation, and we built the track around that. I had recorded demos of all the songs for the album at my studio, recording her vocals with my vintage Neumann U87, which I ran through an API 3124M mic pre or my Audio Upgrades Class A custom-built stereo mic pre, a GML 8200 EQ, and a Teletronix LA2A compressor, straight into Pro Tools," says Eric Rosse, about recording Sara Bareilles, in [this article](http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/sep08/articles/itrosse.htm).more
In an interview with *Sound On Sound*, Paul Tingen interviews Paul. When asking about Swamp Miking Paul says, "I also have a Neumann U87 in the lounge area next to the living room, which gives a very natural reverb. There's so much energy in that room that we often stick the U87 there when recording guitar, claps or piano." "How do I spot a great singer, who can bring that fleeting but most important quality, feel, into focus? I've been in the studio for the last 32 years, and I can only judge a singer by how they sound when they get on the mic, which is always an 87!"more
In [this interview](http://www.felderfans.com/guitar-q-a-with-don/2/), Don Felder mentions his Neumann U87: "'You specifically mention your solo in the “Sad Cafe” as a personal fave…What set up did you use on that song to get such a beautiful tone and feel?' 'It was my 1964 D-35 Martin with a U87 microphone.'"more
The author of [this article](http://www.bluefat.com/1007/Deftones.htm) interview of Deftness says, "If Moreno wanted to use a hand-held mike, Raskulinecz and his engineer Paul Fig assembled a U87 with one of those old radio-broadcast windscreens on it, with a lot of duct tape and a large piece of foam around it."more
[This article](http://www.sonicscoop.com/2012/02/26/behind-the-release-school-of-seven-bells-recombine-for-ghostory/) notes that during the making of SVIIB's album "Ghostory," "Curtis’ signal path for Deheza was the aforementioned Nuemann U87 running through an Avalon 737 mic pre, then on into a Sparrow two channel interface from Black Lion Audio."more
" "I've got a beat-up old [Neumann U]87 that sounded good on her,” explains Tokic. "And just through talking to her, I just knew what that mic sounded like and how it would sound on her. It's not necessarily my go-to vocal mic at all, but I was like, 'All right, this is it!' I used that a bunch on her, but it did also depend on how much noise there was. Sometimes, we'd put up something like a dynamic mic that might be more directional. I also used a relatively cheap few-hundred-dollar TL Audio preamp on her. I just knew that it was the right tone for her voice, especially when she was riffing real hard and singing loud. Paired with [the U87], that worked real good for her. A lot of [vocal mic selection], too, was just about the mix. I was capturing things so they could carry the sound that needs to be there in the end, but also so things were flexible enough to still be able to have some fun mixing it.”more
This is a workhorse mic and I really love how it sounds on acoustic guitars, female vocals, and drum overheads. I combine this with a UA-610 mic pre and it has a silkyness to it that is reminiscent of Frank Sinatra.
The best known studio condenser microphone. People love it so much for good reason. If you can I'd recommend tracking down a vintage model over a newer AI. Also might consider a tube retrofit from Innertube Audio.