Scan code: LN136417 Manufacturer code: UN-TWIN87

United Studio Tech UT Twin87 Twin-Circuit Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

United Studio Tech UT Twin87 Dual Circuit Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

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Twin-Circuit Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
United Studio Tech - UT Twin87

United Studio Tech UT Twin87

THE DEFINITIVE VOCAL MICROPHONEThe United Studio Tech UT Twin87 captures the essence of both the original classic and modern incarnations of the “87-style” microphone design. For the first time ever, United has created a microphone that duplicates both circuits, and can reconfigure itself on the fly for an exceptional reproduction of the sonic capabilities of both microphones.

The UT Twin87 features our own large-core, custom-wound, US-made output transformer, our own custom made 24k gold sputtered dual diaphragm/dual backplate K87 style capsule, and a whole assortment of selected, premium components such as polystyrene, tantalum, multilayer ceramic, WIMA film capacitors, metal and carbon film resistors, and hand-selected transistors.

27 ΩImpedance

20 Hz - 20 kHzFrequency Response

117 dB SPL

Amazing Features • Best of both worlds with two legendary circuits in one microphone
• Omnidirectional, cardioid and figure-of-eight polar patterns
• Nickel electroplated, solid milled brass construction
• Elastic suspension shock mount included
• Switchable vintage and modern modes

Authentic Sonic Capabilities

United Studio Tech UT Twin87

Best of bothThe UT Twin87 gives you the authentic sonic capabilities of both “87-style” microphones in one. United extensively measured component values and types, and circuit differences between ‘golden reference’ elements of the very earliest available microphones of this style, along with some of the final revisions produced. These variations were studied, documented, and their audible differences were carefully phased out. No mere ‘EQ/boost’ circuit or digital gimmick would cut it — the UT Twin87 literally toggles between two discrete ‘87 style circuit topologies, separated by almost half a century.

Vintage modeIn Vintage mode, the UT Twin87 polarizes its capsule directly by phantom power voltages, taking advantage of an insulated, dual backplate capsule design — just like the earliest "87-style" microphones did. The high-Z and de-emphasis circuitry use all of the same component choices as the original. This offers a slightly warmer, softer and forgiving sound.

Modern modeIn Modern mode, the capsule is polarized at a higher voltage using an FET oscillator circuit as found on later revisions of the classic mic, with a higher capsule sensitivity and feeding a hotter signal into the amplifier circuitry. Its high-Z and de-emphasis circuitry likewise use all of the same component choices as much later “87-style” designs. This provides a louder, slightly brighter and more articulate response, with an extended top end reach and a more ‘up-front’ character.

A Custom United UT K87 Capsule

United Studio Tech UT Twin87

Carefully CraftedThe UT Twin87 features United's own custom-made K87 style, dual diaphragm/dual backplate capsule. The UT-K87 capsule is precision made from brass, skinned with 6 micron Japanese PET film (mylar), and has 24k gold sputtered membrane. The capsules are skinned in a laboratory clean-room environment.

In Vintage Mode, the capsule is polarized simply by normal phantom power voltages (+48v, optimal), and usses an insulated backplate design to polarize the front and back sides separately. In Modern Mode, the capsule backplates are connected, and the polarization voltage is raised (slowly, and gently) up to about 63 volts using a specially designed boost circuit.

Custom United Transformers

United Studio Tech UT Twin87

No compromise designUnited looked at several iterations of the original German output transformer used in this type of microphone, taking inspiration mainly from some of the older, larger frame designs. Knowing that the size of a transformer can sometimes be a limiting factor, United developed their own custom-wound part which has almost four times the metal mass found in any “87-style” microphones.

This part truly ensures that there are no cut corners in the design, and that nothing is lost in translation as the signal is passed out of the microphone and down long cable runs. Their transformer sounds open, with high headroom, and clear, three dimensional sound — and will never impede low frequencies.

United's custom-wound, US made transformer is built with large, all nickel laminations. Even though they could have used a smaller or less expensive transformer; they simply refused to compromise.

Not Just Another Mic

United Studio Tech UT Twin87

Modern & Vintage In OneModern “87-style” microphones use an output filter designed to block RF and EM interference — much debate has taken place over the years as to whether this filter enhances or harms the sonics of the microphone. The UT Twin87 has also closed this debate, as the filter can be engaged/disengaged at any time, in either Vintage or Modern mode!

When the UT Twin87 is set to cardioid, another boutique modification is quietly engaged: the “true-cardioid mod”. Rather than operate in active (switched) cardioid mode like the standard design, the UT Twin87 will disengage the pattern select circuitry altogether and decouple from the rear diaphragm of the capsule. This features a cardioid function that is slightly hotter, more pure, and boasts a better signal to noise ratio.

With all of the extra features and high-end components, the UT Twin87 is truly an incredible microphone — but it’s real strength is it’s accuracy in providing the same sound engineers have grown to love in every variation of the “87-style” circuit.

Introducing: The United UT Twin87
Twin-Circuit Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

The Tech Spec

Features Specification
Type Condenser Microphone
Capsule UT Series, 34mm brass, insulated dual backplate K87
Diaphragm Dual-diaphragm, 6 micron, 24k gold sputtered Mylar (PET film)
Power Supply +48v Phantom Power (via XLR)
Ground Pin 1 XLR (required)
Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz
Polar Pattern Cardioid, Figure 8, Omni
SPL 117 dB (127 dB w/ Pad) @ <.5% THD
Output Impedance 27 Ω
Amplifier Type Field Effect Transistor
Self Noise <10 dB (cardioid setting, no pad, no HPF)
Output Custom-wound UT Series transformer, made in USA
Body Nickel electroplated, solid milled brass
High pass filter 80hZ (12dB down point)
Pad -10dB
Connector 24k gold plated XLR, pin 2 HOT, pin 1 GND
Mount Suspension type shock mount (included)
Dimensions Height: 220mm / 8.6 in.
Diameter: 55mm / 2.2 in.
Shockmount Depth: 190mm / 7.5 in.
Specifications
Type Condenser
Polar Pattern (Direction)
  • Bi-directional (Figure 8)
  • Cardioid
  • Omnidirectional
Wired / Wireless Wired
Connectors 1 x 3 Pin XLR
Weight  
Including Shock Mount Yes
Including Pop Shield No
Including Mic Clip No
Powered By Phantom
Form Factor Stand Mount
Additional Information
Scan Code LN136417
Model Number UN-TWIN87
GTIN 000
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Details
Duration:
24 months
Type:
Direct
DOA Period:
30 days
RTB Period:
12 months
Manufacturer Contact Details
Manufacturer:
Focal Professional
United Studio Tech UT Twin87 Twin-Circuit Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
United Studio Tech UT Twin87 Twin-Circuit Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone