MICROPHONES FOR THEATRE

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Although the actors on stage are the focal points of a theatrical production, much more goes in to the performance than what you see and hear on the stage. To properly mic a play or musical, you need to make sure the actors are heard, as well as the music and any other background or ambient sounds that enhance the experience. From lavaliers and headsets for the actors, pencil and instrument mics for the pit and even hanging and plant mics for ambience, DPA has microphones to support all audio applications found in a theatre production.


NEW! 3 mm CORE technology

DPA's newest series, based on tiny 3 mm subminiature capsule technology, contains CORE by DPA technology and is perfect for bodyworn theatre applications.

Hidden bodyworn mics for theatre

The d:screet™ Series of miniature and subminiature microphones can be used as virtually invisible hidden mics on stage actors. These versatile mics can be easily positioned anywhere on the body to capture the best possible sound for your specific assignment.

Both the 4060 Series Miniatures (5 mm/.20 in) and the 6060 Series Subminiatures (3 mm/.12 in) allow you to ensure repeatable, superior sound quality, unseen by the audience. They come in a range of variants that can meet your special needs, but common to all of them is their excellence at functioning at high or low SPL, and in humidity, heat and dusty conditions. They can be relied upon to deliver high-quality output with pristine detail and low noise.

d:screet™

6060 CORE Subminiature Series

NEW! A 3 mm subminiature microphone, which is perfect for hidden bodyworn theatre applications. These tiny mics pack the audio power of larger,  award-winning DPA mics.

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d:screet™

4060 Series Omni Miniature Mic

This entire series of miniature microphones is based on the original d:screet™ 4060; the very first miniature microphone developed by DPA from the best technology previously only used in hearing aids and measurement microphones.
 

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d:screet™

4660 Heavy Duty Omni Mic

Made for situations where you require maximum security and where the visual size of the mic is less important. This robust series features a stainless steel housing, a heavy-duty cable relief and a thick 2.2 mm (0.09 in) cable.
 

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Headsets for the theatre stage

d:fine™ Headset Microphones (both miniature and even more so subminiature) are small and elegant in design. They are lightweight and flexible, ideal for productions that  place more emphasis on accurate voice reproduction, comfort and easy setup, than concealment. These microphones benefit from being placed extremely close to the mouth, which is the perfect position to get the best sound.
 

d:fine™

6066 CORE Subminiature Headset Mic

Beyond this minimized size and maximized sound potential, the d:screet™ 6066 CORE Headset sports a completely redesigned, lightweight headset frame.

 

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d:fine™

4066 Omni Headset Mic

This mic offers clean and transparent sound quality with lots of headroom. For years, this has been the chosen headset mic for broadcasters as well as theaters on Broadway and London's West End.
 

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d:fine™

4166/4266 Omni Flex Headset Mics

These earset and headset mics combine the legendary sound of the 4066 with the lightweight and flexible d:fine™ Headset system. This condenser mic is easy and fast to adjust and it offers clean and transparent sound quality.
 

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d:fine™

4188/4288 Directional Flex Headset Mics

Combining the legendary sound of the 4088 Directional Capsule with the lightweight and flexible d:fine™ Headset system (also available as an earset), these mics are ideal for both spoken word and vocal performance applications.
 

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d:fine™

4088 Directional Headset Mic

This is the industry standard in professional headset mics. It offers an open and natural sound making it ideal for both spoken word and vocal performance applications.
 

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Microphones for the orchestra pit

Often containing a number of different instruments in a small space, the orchestra pit is a notoriously difficult area to mic up correctly. Both close-miking solutions as well as "a less is more" ambient solution with overheads can be valuable. The trick is to pick the correct microphones for your particular situation – this includes pit design, theatre size, stage vocalists' ability, etc. No matter what you choose, you can be certain that DPA mics will deliver a powerful live experience to your audience. 

Award-winning instrument mics

The d:vote™ Instrument Microphones Series, is a close-miking solution that gives you a much more natural sound than any internal microphone or pickup. With a focused supercardioid pickup pattern, they are ideal for capturing isolated sound from instruments in a tight pit. Known for their discreet size and elegance, these mics come in two variants, both of which feature a lightweight design, yet they are also rugged. The versatile gooseneck provides stable and repeatable positioning. The flexible design supports a wide variety of mounting and positioning possibilities and offers a wide selection of ingenious mounting options.
 

Studio sound in the pit

The wide and versatile d:dicate™ Recording Microphone series is legendary in the high-end recording industry and can make the instruments in the pit shine. Delivering clean, accurate sound, these mics are used by professionals, who understand sound and insist on using only the best. They offer extremely accurate off-axis response, which ensures a natural sounding interaction amongst instruments in a pit. When not used as an area mic, they can be paired together with the Gooseneck Shock Mount and a MMP-G Modular Active Cable Preamplifier with MicroDot, to turn any d:dicate™ capsule into a fantastic instrument microphone.

d:vote™

4099 Instrument Mic

The award-winning d:vote™ series, gives you a much more natural sound than any clip-on microphone or pickup. This condenser microphone rejects unwanted noise and accurately captures the true voice of your acoustic instrument.

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d:dicate™

4006 Omni Mic

This highly sought after mic has forged its enviable reputation over the past quarter of a century by repeatedly exhibiting its total transparency in any recording situation. It picks up incredible detail and depth of sound.

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d:dicate™

4007 Omni Mic, 12 mm

Due to its total acoustical transparency and ultra-high SPL handling capability, the 4007 Omnidirectional Microphone, 12 mm has gained a reputation as being the first choice for picking up drums, percussion and brass instruments.

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d:dicate™

4011 Cardioid Mic

When you want it to sound just like the original then this mic is for you. It offers unparalleled directional quality and attention to detail. This mic makes everything sounds like the original and provides superb separation between sound sources.

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d:dicate™

4015 Wide Cardioid Mic

Sometimes a conventional cardioid pattern just isn’t quite open enough. The d:dicate™ 4015 Wide Cardioid Microphone is the perfect fill-in between an omnidirectional and a directional microphone.

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d:dicate™

4017 Shotgun Mic

Designed for a broad range of applications, this microphone is ideal for use as a stage mic.

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d:dicate™

4018 Supercardioid Mic

Ideal for long-distance broadcast, ENG and film miking applications, such as booming, dialogue, interview and table or podium use. This mic offers superb flexibility through modular accessories.

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d:dicate™

2011 Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Mic

Two opposite-facing miniature cardioid capsules placed into a double-diaphragm, one-capsule composition. With its large diaphragm sound combined with the benefits of a miniature size, this mic solution provides you with extreme sound quality in a smaller package.

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Stage & hanging mics

Stage microphones, also known as boundary mics, can be effective for area pickup of stage productions. Hanging mics can be used above the stage to capture the sound farther upstage.
d:sign™

Gooseneck Microphone

The ceiling version of this mic can be seen hung above the stage to pick up the ambience sound of the entire stage.

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d:dicate™

4018-ER/ES Supercardioid Mic

Ideal as a stage mic with the ER/ES preamplifier, the supercardioid shape is frequency independent, securing an identical sound color around the microphone.

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d:dicate™

CORE 4060 Series Omni with Boundary Layer Mount

Pair a CORE 4060 Omni with the Boundary Layer Mount to capture sound with greater clarity, especially at high frequencies and greater intelligibility.

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Legacy or CORE by DPA - The choice is yours


The legacy d:screet™ Miniature Microphones have always been, and still are, some of the most clear, consistent and robust miniature microphones you can find on the market. They are known for working across a wide dynamic range as well as exhibiting low distortion across all SPLs. Nevertheless, if you need to squeeze a little more performance out of your mics, choose CORE.

CORE is a powerful new technology at the heart of DPA miniature microphones. We’ve minimized distortion and expanded the dynamic range so that the mic sounds even better.

DPA microphones are known for their ability to withstand expressive acoustical sound pressure levels (SPL) without distortion and now CORE minimizes distortion even more. With a large dynamic range, one microphone can be bodyworn on an actor that needs to whisper in one scene and scream in the next.

CORE is available for select models of d:screet™ Miniature Microphones. Learn more about CORE by DPA.
 

Durable, flexible & IP58 certified

DPA Bodyworn Microphones are designed to withstand the toughest of conditions.

All CORE by DPA technology microphones, including the subminiatures, are IP58 certified. This durability is achieved through a number of defense mechanisms:
  • Water-repellant nano-coating of the cover and housing
  • Hermetic sealing of the sensitive amplifier at the core of the mic
  • Dual gold plating of the diaphragm

Our unique Double Vent Protection System allows for a great resistance to humidity and sweat. With a gold-treated diaphragm and microphone housing plus a Kevlar®-reinforced cable, the DPA Bodyworn Microphones are made to endure. Furthermore, on our d:screet™  Miniature Omnidirectional Microphones we have added a reinforced cable relief which is built to withstand the constant twists, bends, and pulls that are part of everyday use.

Wireless adapters or hardwire - it's up to you


The adapters for wireless systems give you flexible, simple and affordable possibilities. You are no longer bound to one wireless system. As circumstances change, you can just switch your adapter, instead of incurring the cost of a completely new microphone. In addition, when you make the switch, you won't hear any loss or change in sound quality due to the narrow production tolerances of the mics.

The d:fine™, d:screet™ and d:vote™ series of miniature microphones work with all leading wireless mic solutions, such as Lectrosonics, Sennheiser, Shure, Sony, Wisycom, Zaxcom and many more. DPA

Microphones’ ingenious adapter system is one of a kind in the industry. It protects your investment in fantastic sound for years to come.

In addition, all DPA microphones can be hard-wired, so theatre productions that prefer this type of solution can benefit from these high-quality mics too.

The LA Opera with DPA Microphones

To ensure the cleanest sound possible, The Ghosts of Versailles, performed by the Los Angeles Opera at the LA Opera House and engineer Mark Donahue selected DPA Microphones d:dicate™ 4006 and 4011 Recording Microphone solutions to record both the cast and orchestra of the project.
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