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DPA Microphones Introduces d:dicate Recording Microphone Series

DPA says new series combines the company's best capsules with its best preamplifiers in a new product line designed for recording or critical live sound applications.

By CP Staff
May 8, 2013 1:06 pm EST

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Tags: drum mics, live sound, microphone, recording,

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DPA Microphones will launch the d:dicate Recording Microphone range at InfoComm 2013. DPA says it combines the company's best capsules with its best preamplifiers in a new product line that delivers superior sound for all applications where high-quality audio is required.

The d:dicate range includes DPA’s new modular MMC4018 Supercardioid Capsule, the counterpart to the MMC4018V capsule used in the company’s new d:facto Vocal Microphone. DPA says this microphone is ideally suited for applications where clarity and audio quality are critical. d:dicate is also comprised of the well-known MMC4007 High-SPL Omnidirectional Capsule, a modular version of the company’s 4007 microphone. Widely used for measurement purposes, this capsule is designed to deliver unbeatable dynamic range, and can handle extremely high sound pressure levels. Both capsules are entirely compatible with other d:dicate preamplifiers and are built for capturing sound from percussion and brass instruments, as well as for audio measurement purposes.

Rounding out the d:dicate line are microphones from DPA’s Reference Standard series, which has been absorbed into the d:dicate range. These include the modular 4000 and 2000 Series, which are manufactured to perform within very narrow tolerances and offer exceptional linear frequency responses, high SPL and superior gain before feedback. Included in the d:dicate range are a wide variety of 4000 Series capsules, including the new 4018 Supercardiod, 4017 Shotgun, 4015 Wide Cardioid, 4011 Cardioid and 4006 Omnidirectional. 2000 Series Microphones that are in the line consist of two twin diaphragm capsules - the 2011 Cardioid and the 2006 Omnidirectional. Both of these microphones are rooted in the design technology of DPA’s classic miniature capsules. All of the former Reference Standard capsules can be combined with the company’s state-of-the-art preamps, including the A, which is transformerless; the B, a low-cut and high-boost filter version; and the compact C option for discreet mic’ing.

According to DPA, every variant in the d:dicate range delivers clear, transparent and precise sound, along with the robustness and versatility that are the hallmarks of DPA Microphones’s high-standard engineering techniques. These quality microphones are increasingly employed in harsh live sound environments, particularly on drum kits where there is a demand for exceptional sound quality in a robust and sturdy casing for continuous use and abuse, according to a company announcement.

“Our new d:dicate Recording Microphone range gives customers the ultimate in flexibility,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of DPA Microphones. “Any microphone in the range can easily be transformed into a new variant simply by choosing a different capsule or preamplifier. Customers will also find that owning several capsules is more cost effective than purchasing a completely new microphone. By gathering these microphones into a specific group known as d:dicate Recording Microphones, the solutions now join our other established product groups: d:fine Headset Microphones, d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones and d:facto Vocal Microphones.”

New accessories have also been developed for the d:dicate Recording Microphone range, including modular active cables (MMP-ER with rear cable entry and MMP-ES with side cable entry) plus modular active booms (MMP-F) that are compatible with all d:dicate capsules. These new microphone solutions can be used in many different situations; as a podium microphone on a desktop or podium, as a high-end capture microphone suspended above a theater, or as an elegant recording setup on stage stands. The active booms come in several lengths and configurations, with flexible gooseneck and XLR termination. A new active cable only adds a less than one-half inch to the capsule, making it even more discreet than the compact C pre-amp, while still giving comparable performance.

“It was difficult to split the preamplifier construction and make an ultra-compact head without sacrificing the sound quality, but we succeeded,” adds Poulsen. “Now customers can have DPA’s renowned sound quality across many applications where the microphones have not been widely used before, such as live sound applications for touring and installation purposes.”

The new capsules and accessories in DPA’s d:dicate Recording Microphones range will be available from August 2013. Former Reference Standard capsules and preamplifiers included in the d:dicate range are now available. link)

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