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Stam Audio SA-87

Stam Audio SA-87

4.95 4.95 out of 5, based on 16 Reviews

Recreation of the Neumann U87 vintage microphone.


3rd February 2017

Stam Audio SA-87 by IzzyRock

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA-87

I had the chance to test the SA-87 at my studio a few weeks ago against my Neumaunn U87ai and Neumann TLM 103 with a great singer through my 1073 preamps. The SA-87 I got from Stam Audio had the Heiserman capsule and a Sowter output transformer

I can honestly say I am very impressed with how this mic performs.

The first most obvious difference was that the Stam did not have that painful energy around the 3 to 5k area that I always try to cut on my 87ai, it sounded fuller in the low end and smoother in the top end which is in line with my experiences with a vintage 87 which is what the SA-87 is based on.

We did a few takes on all 3 mics and after processing both mics with the same EQ I liked it even more, it reacted beautifully to EQ and both me and my singer preferred the SA-87 on top of a 4 times more expensive U87ai!, quite a surprise.

The story with the TLM 103 was similar but even more drastic, at least on male vocals these two mics were in a different league, the SA-87 sounded bigger, with nicer mids and overall more expensive sounding than my TLM 103 which sounded thin and harsh in comparison.

I can seriously recommend this microphone. While there are other clones most of them have chinesse made capsules, I truly believe the capsule itself justifies the price difference from other similar offerings and the output transformer makes a nice impact on the low end as well. The mic sounds like the best vintage 87 I have heard and for only 790.00, it is a no brainer

  • 7
9th April 2017

Stam Audio SA-87 by MarkGuerraM

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA-87

This mic has a nice, warm and unique sound that most of new young producer or engineer hadn't has the chance to taste. The response of this mic gave you a great deal of low and mid low without taking the clarity and quality of the voice. Also, the mid range is not painfull. It's just right. And when you boost the high range, the voice get a fully, beautiful and smooth tone.

I have to say that StamAudio take this job to the next level and their job doesn't end until you get what you pay for. A vintage super cool mic.

I recommend the SA-87 for everyone that is looking for a new sound away from what we hear constantly. And StamAudio for everyone who take their sound as a very own one.

  • 4
14th July 2017

Stam Audio SA-87 by LRC

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA-87

I received my 87 2 days ago. My first impression was as I have come to expect from Stam Audio. The build quality is superb! The mic feels solid right down to the quality click of the switches. It also comes in a sturdy aluminium case with a strong shock mount included.

Luckily we had a vocal session booked in so we could put the mic through it paces straight away. Our chain was SA87 - SA73 - SA2A - EQP wa - WA76. The first thing that jumped out was the clarity of the vocal, so much so that we removed the EQ from the chain and just used the HPF. There was plenty of richness in the low mids and a very smooth top end with no discernible harshness in the hi mids. All in all the vocal sounded wonderful. We are tracking acoustic guitars on Monday and I am really looking forward trying the SA87 on those. I also think it will perform exceptionally well as a mono room mic for drums. I'll keep you posted. AJM, Leith Recording Company.

  • 2
17th July 2017

Stam Audio SA-87 by Nu-tra

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA-87

I'm very happy with my pair of Stam 87's. These microphones are built like tanks. The microphones are gorgeous and surprisingly heavier than I thought they would be (in a good way). The switches and shockmounts are solid. The Stam 87 has a nice thick sound with really smooth mids and top end. The mics react really well when EQ'ed I've had a hard time finding a microphone that really compliments my voice until now. I used the stam 87 to record group back up vocals in blumlein which gave a fantastic stereo image. The heiserman capsule and sowter transformers separates this mic from other clones. I compared this to my friends warm 87 and he was disappointed with his purchase. The warm was not as full and had slightly harsh upper mids in comparison. I'm looking forward to the Stam 47 and fet. The wait is worth it folks!

  • 1
18th July 2017

Stam Audio SA-87 by thejook

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA-87

I got a pair of SA87s and they far exceeded my expectations. This is the real deal, folks, and everything Joshua has made thus far has been amazing. Sounds like a vintage U87 that's been well maintained, what more can I say.

  • 2
19th August 2017

Stam Audio SA-87 by Madaraz

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA-87

I love my new SA-87 microphone.

I am particularly pleased with the results of using this microphone on the vocal recordings of an artist that I have worked with for years using a Neumann TLM-103.

The TLM-103 always had real problems with her plosives and sibilants – falling apart in the 8 – 10K range. The SA-87 is warm and clean across the full spectrum, making her recordings so much easier to mix.

I recently purchased a Neumann U-47 for the studio, and everybody was gaga over this well known studio workhorse - so I just had to run a comparison of the two. I wound up liking the SA-87 on her voice better than the U-47 on pushy passages – exactly the opposite of what everyone expected.

Stam has met and exceeded my expectations with this microphone.

  • 3
20th September 2017

Stam Audio SA-87 by davydoo

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
Stam Audio SA-87

The Stam SA-87 is the finest large condenser tube microphone I have had the opportunity to use and own. I purchased mine with the high quality Heiserman HK87 capsule. Like the Neumann U87, I will venture to say this microphone is able to capture just about anything well, especially most vocalists. So far I have had it for just two weeks and have only used it on my own (baritone) voice. I am using it with the Metric Halo ULN-2 (not early version) interface with built-in preamps.

The response of this mic is well balanced across the frequency spectrum. There are no problem frequencies that plague so many lesser mics. It has a goldilocks kind of balance between warmth and clarity. It has no harsh or peaky resonances to grate on your ears. The low end is full but not boomy. There is a nice lower midrange warmth, though it is not muddy. The mids are present, but not peaky, with very satisfying punchy dynamics if you feed it that. There is no harshness in the upper mids. The sibilance frequencies are just right, they don't poke out, but are still present and not at all lispy sounding. The high frequencies sound smooth, perhaps a bit subdued, and just fine to me. (However at those higher frequencies, my Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro headphones, as well as my own ears, become less reliable.) Unlike so many lesser mics, the Stam SA-87 is just not hyped anywhere. It's just well balanced across the entire spectrum.

It is also quite a forgiving microphone to use. While it seems to have a sweet spot for my own voice at around 3 inches from the grill to fine tune the proximity effect, it is not overbearing with me nearly kissing the grill. I have not needed to use a pop filter with this mic either. I don't perceive any funky grill or body resonances. I imagine this has to do with the beefy high quality design, large body diameter and geometry of the grill. This is a physically large and hefty microphone, which can only help inspire the talent. The large transformer I'm sure makes this a necessity.

So you may ask, are there any negatives or tradeoffs with this mic? Sure. The size and weight makes it less user friendly than smaller microphones such as the AKG P420, particularly when mounting on a boom unless it is exceptionally sturdy. Coming from a small shop in Chile, this can be classified as a boutique microphone, and made with the option of a $250 high end boutique capsule, it may take a month or so to receive the mic. If the Stam SA-87 is out of your budget and you can deal with a minor bit of upper midrange harshness, and you are also especially careful with proximity effect, the $200 AKG P420 may get you quite close to the sound of the Stam SA-87. However with the Stam SA-87, you are buying a superior product that is much more forgiving of placement and just simply "works". The Stam SA-87 is the kind of mic that gives you the confidence that, other considerations aside, it's just going to sound great no matter what.

All in all I am incredibly pleased with the sound, quality, aesthetics, and ease of use of this microphone, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a fully professional-quality microphone. There is a reason the U87 has been considered the studio work-horse go-to microphone for so long. Recording my voice through the Stam SA-87 makes me realize the many reasons this is so. It is essentially a vintage style U87 -- same sound, usability, and build quality -- yet for a fraction of the price.

28th November 2017

Stam Audio SA-87 by MrGalaxy

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA-87

First and foremost.. Please change the "bang for buck" to 10 out of 5


Ok, so I found out about Joshua and his biz like half a year ago... Searching for the best clones on the net and I must say that you don't have to look further! This is as good as it gets peeps!!!! I received my sa87 1 week ago and I immediately hooked it up to my isa two preamp - eqp-1 clone - apogee symphony mk2 and all I can say is WOW! I've tried vintage u67's, u87's etc etc and if you've tried them too you know what I mean when I say... MIDRANGE!!! The beautiful midrange Neumann capsules delivers is really hard to come close to BUT to be honest... The sa87 I've got right beside me at this very moment delivers the exact same midrange! It's crazy really... Did I just pay 999$ for this mic? I can't believe it!
Can't wait for the sa2a, sa76, sa47 and sa67 to be delivered! Great times to be alive


Best Regards,
Galaxy

12th February 2018

Stam Audio SA-87 by Sgt. Walrus

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA-87

This is a superb microphone and a fantastic deal.

Stam were excellent with their customer support and speed of reply.
The mic arrived well packaged and in perfect condition.

First quick test showed it was functioning as expected and just plugging direct into a RME Fireface it sounded fantastic.

I cannot claim to be a vintage mic expert, and have no mics on hand of this calibre to shoot it out against, I'll leave that to the chaps who have already done so here, but what I can discern with the very small amount of time I have had to play with my new SA87 is this:

The physical build quality is superb.

It's heavy and the switches seem very solid.

The frequency response is beautiful and flat and suits my baritone voice very well.

It takes EQ like a champion.

There are no nasty, edgy highs, nor any wobbly low end to scour out.

...and the kicker....the price!!!
It is an amazing deal for what you get, which is essentially a brand new vintage U87...something I could never dream to own.

I can't see how you could possibly make a mistake by purchasing this mic.
I'd love to have two...but first, I'm looking to get the Stam 1073MPA.
I'm sure it will be amazing with the SA87...I can't wait.

Thanks to Joshua and the team at Stam Audio.
May they continue to bring these very well made and affordable mics and units into our community for a long time yet.
Hurrah!

...and yes...this is my first post here. I don't generally join sites, I just lurk and soak in the info, but in this case, I just had to join so I could add my voice to this positive chorus.

Happy Music Fun Times to All!

11th April 2018

Stam Audio SA-87 by tkmike123

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA-87

I second everything everyone says here about this mic. Sounds already mixed when tracking and has a beautiful balanced tone. It has a great full low end and smooth top end with a strong mid range. It's what everyone wants in a mic and works great on many different genres and sources. Feels solid and looks great which is important to me as well. Best of all is the price!

Michael

12th May 2018

Stam Audio SA-87 by Makinmuzic2

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA-87

This is a review of the Stam SA-87. My background would be that of an
singer-songwriter/artist with pro audio engineering experience and I
used the SA-87 on one of my recent songs. The signal flow was SA-87,
Chameleon labs 7603 XMOD or UTA mpeq-1 and a Tube Tech Vocals- Let me start
with saying that the U87 never sounded good on my vocals. I have a U47
that matches my voice well but I wanted to try the SA-87 on my
background vocals in which I'm singing the higher harmonies. The SA-87
is the first 87ish mic that I actually sounded good thru. The midrange
is much more tamer than the other 87's. My U47 is still the clear
winner on my lead vocals but the SA-87 was perfect for my harmonies in
my upper range as when I mixed the song, the harmonies cut thru in a
pleasant sort of way.

Acoustic- I did 4
separate tracks using the SA-87, Royer 122, U47 and the AEA 88. The
U47 was the worst sounding, which surprised me but it was close
between the Royer 122 and SA-87. I ended up liking the Royer over the
Stam only because it had a little more body but I blended the Royer,
Stam & AEA and it created a brilliant sound.

Electric Guitar- I
used the SA-87, Royer 122 and Royer 10. I close miked with the Royers
and the SA-87 was at about 3 feet from the speakers. I didn't like the
Royer 122 as it was to thin for my taste. Maybe, I should have used it
as a distance mic? The Royer 10 sounded amazing as did the SA-87 so I
used that combo. There were times when I just used the Royer 10 but I
can't help to think how the SA-87 would have sounded at close micing.
Still impressing.

12 String
Bass- SA-87 far and Royer 10 close. Very impressed with the SA-87
here. A full bodied sound and great combo with the Royer 10.

Conclusion- As I said
earlier, I wasn't a fan of the 87ish microphones but I was very
impressed with the Stam SA-87. It seems to have nailed the old 87s and
then some. Definitely, not a one trick pony kind of mic and built like
a tank. Yes, you have to be patient and wait for your order but it's
worth the wait. My first intensions were to get this mic for a female
vocalist that I'm singing a duet with but with the versatility of the
SA-87, I had no idea what a bargain I was getting. Bravo Stam!!


Shawn

8th July 2019

Stam Audio SA-87 by prugelknaben

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA-87

I have a little studio where I mostly record my own projects - music for dance and theatre, voice over work, vocals. From before I have a couple of good mics, aBrauner VM1, a Schoeps stereo pair, but I was looking for a typical all round work horse stereo pair to add to my tool kit. I have used the U87 pair on a few projects now and I have to say I am extremely happy with them. Have recorded voice, viola and trumpet, all sounding great. Highly recommended - if you have time to wait once you have ordered them

3 weeks ago

Stam Audio SA-87 by Michael Harmon

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 3 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
Stam Audio SA-87

To start with, I Love the sound of this microphone.

I've been a professional audio engineer my entire adult life and I've worked in a number of great studios with Neumann U87 and U89 microphones. Since starting my own studio almost 20 years ago, I've been wanting to get a U87, but couldn't justify the price considering I already owned an equal caliber mic in the TLM170. I didn't really need one.

Then I heard about Stam Audio. I looked them up and listened to some online material and mic shoot-outs of this SA-87 against a Neumann U-87, Peluso P-87, and a Warm Audio WA-87. The SA-87 and P-87 were both so close to the U87 it seemed silly to spend the money on the Neumann. When comparing the P-87 to the SA-87 I kind of liked the SA-87 a little more and it was a slightly lower price, so I pulled the trigger and bought it. Then I waited. I waited, and waited, and waited. Then I waited some more. It took them 11 months and probably 20 emails to finally ship this microphone after I put down the deposit. That was very frustrating. Also, they no longer use the Heiserman capsules I ordered. They're now getting them from an Italian company called Braingasm. I wasn't happy about the switch after I paid my deposit, but apparently the Heiserman capsules were the reason behind the ridiculously long wait time. Hopefully that issue has been resolved.

Then I finally got it and tried it out in person here in the studio. It's great that it includes a pretty heavy duty elastic suspension shock mount, but I'm not a fan of this particular shock-mount. It's not the type to screw on the bottom of the mic. It uses tightening knobs that are hard to reach under the bands, and hard to turn by hand (had to pull out a screwdriver), and there isn't much padding there to prevent damage to the body. It's like the old (pre ai) U87 shock mounts before they started using the type that screw in at the bottom, but the vertical beams are inside the horizontal squeeze bands, not outside them, causing an uneven surface against the mic. Thankfully there's a (thin) band of felt padding inside that surface that connects to the mic body.

Sorry to harp about the mount even more, but I bought a third party Neumann compatible elastic suspension shock mount to replace this one, but the threads on the bottom of the SA-87 are not the same as what Neumann uses, so it doesn't fit! Stam Audio may have matched the sound and look of a U87 to a scary accuracy, but it's not exactly like buying a replica if the parts don't fit. Luckily I can use it for one of my other Neumann microphones. It does fit them.

Anyway I ran it through some API, Universal Audio, and Millennia mic preamps. This thing sounds amazing!

Again, This microphone sounds excellent!
The top end is nice and smooth and clear. It seems brighter than I remember a U87 sounding, but it's not harsh at all. It's noticeably brighter than my TLM170 and slightly more velvety textured, which I'd assume is a factor of the transformer. It does seem to lack that lower mid-range bump the U87 used to have, but that's probably a good thing. It does have that direct, clear, punchy, and very natural, unfiltered sound I remember. I really can't complain at all about the sound. I love it.

To sum up:

Pros:
1. Sound: It's "THE" pro sound you need on a lead vocal. Excellent.
2. Price: Fantastic bang for the buck
3. Build quality: Very sturdy, high quality. Switches feel solid.
4. Extras: It comes with a shock mount.

Cons:
1. Crazy long wait after ordering
2. The shock mount
3. The label at the bottom is a sticker that's already peeling off.

Would I recommend it to a friend? If they can ship it in a reasonable time frame, yes I would recommend it. The sound is what really matters, and the sound of this microphone is fantastic.

  • 1
2 weeks ago

Stam Audio SA-87 by executrex

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA-87

The new Stam audio 87 (neuman U87 clone) mic is working out well. I’m so glad I bought it.

It was a hassle getting it here - it took 10 months, and for a while i was wondering if I had been conned. But in the end I realized that it was a quality issue they were working on changing suppliers of the main component.

In the end it was worth it.

1 week ago

Stam Audio SA-87 by trenchferret

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA-87

I came across the SA-87 in my search for reasonably priced studio vocal condenser mics. My search inevitably led me to “great U87 clones”. I’m typically not one for “clones” but I’m also not in the market to drop over $3K for a Neumann U87. In any case, I was thoroughly impressed with several write-ups about this microphone. Different reviewers on the web claim that this is the closest sounding U87 clone out there and after getting my hands on one, I agree. I encourage everybody to do a search to try and find some recording sample shootouts to hear for yourself. The version that I have comes with the Pizzolante Labs K87 capsule and the Sowter 1303f output transformer.
Here’s the part that was really impressive that I wanted to share. There have been a lot of bad reviews on the web about Stam’s customer service and not receiving their purchases in a timely manner. I got freaked out and I hastily asked Stam to cancel my order. Josh personally emailed me to talk me off the ledge. Even though I wasn’t the nicest in my email, he was nothing but professional and courteous, never closing the door on me as a customer. He assured me not to believe all the negative reviews on the web about him and he promised that he would send out my purchase order that very week, AND HE DID! I received my microphone in a week’s worth of time. The packaging is beautiful. The workmanship on the mic is handcrafted and a solid quality build. The shockmount that comes with it is also of the highest quality and one of the best shockmounts I own. I don’t know many business owners in this industry that would take the time to personally write emails and take the time that he did with me. I can’t speak for others, but I would like to share that Josh now knows me personally by name and I have 100% confidence in ordering from Stam Audio.

 
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