Solid State Large Diaphragm Condenser

The P-87 is styled after the legendary 1970's Neumann U87i.
Versatile and reliable with warm well-balanced character, the '87 is perfect for a wide range of recording applications. In the 1960's as Neumann began employing phantom power, and FET transistors in place of vacuum tube circuits, they released the U 87i. The P-87 captures the sound and magic of this, perhaps the most popular microphone ever made. The P-87 comes with three on-board polar patterns, -10 dB pad, and low-end roll-off switches. We achieve balanced output with a generously sized output transformer, eliminating interference and distortion. This is a faithful tribute to the cornerstone of any well equipped studio microphone locker.
  • Large Diaphragm Condenser
  • Center Terminated Capsule
  • Solid State Amplifier Stage
  • Custom Wound Output Transformer
  • 3-Polar Patterns
  • 10dB Pad
  • Low-End Roll-Off

MSRP $1,528 USD

Microphone kit comes as a complete system including:

  • P-87 Microphone
  • Shock Mount
  • Hard Mount
  • Foam Wind Screen
  • Locking Padded Flight Case
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P-87 Gallery

A closer look

P-87 Front
P-87 Side
P-87 Back
P-87 Inside Split
P-87 Open Front
P-87 Shock Mounted
P-87 Hard Mount
P-87 Full Kit
    P-87 Front
    P-87 Side
    P-87 Back
    P-87 Inside Split
    P-87 Open Front
    P-87 Shock Mounted
    P-87 Hard Mount
    P-87 Full Kit


      A few details that make the P-87 so special

      P-87 Patterns
      The P-87 has three polar patterns; cardioid, omni-directional, and bi-directional.
      P-87 Pad
      The P-87 has has a 10dB pad switch.
      P-87 Roll-Off
      The P-87 has a low end roll-off switch.
      P-87 Capsule
      34mm Center-terminated condenser capsule
      P-87 Board
      Hand-built through-hole soldered circuit board.
      P-87 Transformer
      Custom wound output transformer
      P-87 Inside Case
      The microphone kit comes packaged safely inside a locking flight case with custom laser cut foam to securely hold all of your components.
      P-87 Connector
      A standard 3-pin XLR to connect to your cable.
      3-Pin XLR Cable
      Our 3-pin XLR cable can be purchased here: in purple-green P-G XLR Cable; or here in black-red B-R XLR Cable
      P-87 Vintage Pop
      The P-87 Pop Filter is a popular accessory with this microphone.  A good pop filter will keep the capsule clean and reduce plosives.
      P-87 Wind Foam
      The P-87 comes with a generous sized wind foam preventing wind noise and plosives while protecting your capsule.

        P-87 Technical Info

        Detailed specifications

        P-87 Frequency Response

        P-87 Frequency Response Graph

        P-87 Technical Data

        • Capsule Type: Condenser Pressure Gradient w/ 34mm, center terminated
        • Frequency Range: 20Hz/20Khz
        • Polar Pattern: 3 - omni, bi-directional, & cardioid
        • Sensitivity: 10 mv/pa
        • Impedance: 200 ohms
        • SPL: 152 dB w/pad
        • Equivalent Noise: 14 dB(A)
        • Power Requirements: 48V Phantom Power
        • Connection: 3-pin XLR
        • Size: 56mm x 228mm
        • Weight: 584g


        Our community of artists, engineers, and reviewers have been busy putting the P-87 through its paces. We present the following content to help you better understand the unique nature of this microphone.

        P-87 YouTube Playlist

        The Peluso P-87 was used on the following sources in this playlist:  Lake Street Dive - Bridget's vocals; Glen Phillips - male vocals; In Studio - SG guitar amp; Birds of Chicago - J.T. male vocal; Heather Maloney - backing male vocal; Austin Plaine - guitar & male vocal; Forlorn Strangers - guitar & male backing vocals; Taarka - male & female vocal, violin, octave mandolin; Glow - keyboard; Water Seed - male vocal !!; Mary Jean - female vocal; Kaia Kater - female vocal; AHI - male soul vocal; Sidewalk Chalk - male rap vocal
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        Playlist: Peluso P-87

        Soundcloud Content Samples

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        These SoundCloud samples provided here are intended to provide examples of the selected microphone in use on specific sources and vocals. Some samples are provided both inside a mix and as isolated raw tracks. These samples are available for high resolution download to be experienced within your own listening environment and signal chain. We give credit and thanks to the artists who have provided these! If you find this helpful and have a sample you'd like to include please contact us!

        SoundCloud P-87 vs P-49

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        Thanks to ETSU Professor Dan for this side by side comparison of the P-87 and P-49. Feel free to download these samples to listen through your own signal chain.


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        The sound character has a full low end, especially if used close to a source, with a clear and detailed mid range. It sounds cleaner and more neutral than the P-67, but it still has an involving and well-focused sound which is quite U87-like.
        -Hugh Robjohns, Sound On Sound 5-2016


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        On vocals it offers a tight and immedi- ate sound. It is a great and versatile drum mic, whether used on toms, mono front of kit, or overheads. It’s well suited to acoustic guitar, percussion, and winds. It is one of the few large diaphragm mics I would reach for on electric guitar cabinet, with or without a dynamic mic like a Shure SM57 or Audix i5. I especially like it on its own as a room/distance mic on electric gui- tar cab.
        -Paul Vnuk Jr. RECording Magazine 7-2016

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