Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Another Microphone Manufacturing Video

This one just popped up while I was searching for something else online, but since I had just shared the video on how the gorgeous AEA Ribbon Microphone went together, it seemed that seeing how the coveted Neumann U-87 large diaphragm condenser mic goes together might be interesting.

Now I will say that the video and voiceover seems a bit "intro" level and slightly dated (cleanroom? cotton gloves? At least cleaned fingernails?)  But, they probably couldn't really shoot where they are truly assembled.

It was interesting to watch the curve being drawn during the computer/anechoic chamber test.  Within the stringent Neumann tolerances, there's definitely a unique arc to the test mic.  Not outside the +/- to be sure, but it has a slight character which will probably be unique to that mic.

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