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The Neumann U 67 has been out of production since 1971, can Neumann bring it back to life? Mike Hillier goes in search of the elixir…


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Designed in 1960 with the fairly lofty intention of replacing the revered U 47, the Neumann U 67 is for many (including this author) one of the greatest microphones ever made. The U 67 was designed with three polar patterns and a low-pass filter – a new feature at the time designed to accommodate for the new-fangled technique of close mic’ing. The K 67 capsule used on the U 67 would go on to be the centrepiece around which the U 87 was built and for many helped define the tone of Neumann mics.

Manufacturing of the U 67 ceased in 1971 (replaced by the U 87), and since then these vintage microphones have become real icons of recording: used by a plethora of hitmakers and defining the sound of countless universally loved records. No other microphone has been as copied as often as the U 67.

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