Voice is probably the most recognizable sound source of all. We can easily detect whether it sounds authentic or not. 
You need a very good microphone and playback chain to make a vocal performance sound similar to what we hear naturally. Not only is the recognizable quality a concern, but other special phenomena occur around the human voice that calls for special attention when selecting the right microphone for the job. 

Whether you are a lead singer in a rock band or a classical opera singer, you’re looking for the best microphone for your performance. Fortunately, DPA Microphones provides a range of top-quality vocal microphones that meet a range of performance needs, while at the same time always making your vocals sound fantastic.

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- Vocal microphones for live performances
- Headset microphones for musicals
- Floor standing microphones for classic singers
- How to mic vocals

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The d:facto™ Vocal Microphone is engineered especially for vocal performances onstage. It captures electrifying stage acts and accurately replicates a singer's voice transparently, consistently and thrillingly. The mic is optimized for use in sound reinforcement as well as recording applications. It offers natural sound, high separation from nearby sound sources and SPL handling up to 160 dB.



The d:fine™ Headset Microphone Series offers accurate, natural voice intelligibility and very high SPL capabilities. Users can both speak and sing into the mic with no hint of distortion. The microphone capsule is also optimized for low distortion as well as humidity resistance. Available in a wide range of variants, including capsule type, mounting systems, boom lengths and colors, the d:fine™ Headset Microphone Series offers a mic that can meet your specific needs.



Classically-trained opera singers are used to using their voice to fill up the hall. These singers can sing at extremely high SPL, which can cause distortion.

Additionally, the right amount of "air" between the singer and the microphone is essential to give it a classical sound, so close miking, which is also done for other music genres cannot be used here. Recording these singers in concert is often done using elegant floor-standing microphones, which have the correct audio quality as well as visual impact for the performance. To meet these specific needs, you should choose either a d:screet™ or a d:dicate™ Microphone in an elegant DPA floor stand variant.

Available in either a cardioid or a supercardioid variant, d:dicate™ Floor stand Microphones are our best solution for the highest-quality sound capture in both recording and live performance situations. Both variants are widely customizable; available in a range of boom lengths to meet any need.

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d:dicate™ 4011F Floor Stand Microphone

The d:dicate™ 4011F Floor Stand Microphone is the cardioid variant, which provides a natural response to voice and a noise rejecting quality. No equalization is needed to remove any microphone artifacts; voice intelligibility is straight out of the mic.

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d:dicate™ 4018F Floor Stand Microphone

The d:dicate™ 4018F Floor Stand Microphone is the highly-directional supercardioid variant, which secures an identical sound color around the microphone.

The usual rear lobe heard on most supercardioids is minimized making it much more isolated without sudden frequency dependent peaks and dips. This mic is highly customizable; available in a range of boom lengths to meet any need.

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d:screet™ SC4098 Floor Stand Microphone

For superb quality and remarkably clean sound at a modest price level, the d:screet™ 4098 Floor Stand Microphone is a great choice.

These microphones offer extraordinarily high speech intelligibility and clarity of voice. They provide linear, natural sound combined with an elegant visual look of Scandinavian design.

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Choosing the correct microphone and using it correctly is important to getting the best sound. Since vocal recording has specific miking needs, depending on the situation, we have created a series of guides that give you tips and tricks on miking vocals. See our vocal miking guides below.

Vocals in the Recording Studio

​The most common method of recording a human voice for any purpose is the direct on axis close proximity placement technique.

Producers/engineers commonly call this "in your face". It has a number of advantages; intimate sound, good articulation of consonants, up front or leading sound and proximity warmth.

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Vocals, Handheld Mic on Stage

When choosing a microphone for a vocal performance, audio technicians have a tendency to simply do exactly what they have seen on stages for years.

Ask a child to draw a microphone and it will most likely be the legendary ice cream cone shape, well established by brands such as Shure. This is apparently what a vocal microphone should look like.

Why is this so? 

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Vocals, Head-Worn Vocal and Speech Mics on Stage

Auditoriums, churches, educational facilities, conference rooms, courtrooms and theaters are all places where one or more people speak to an audience.

If that speaker is untrained, and/or doesn’t know to speak up in a clear and articulate manner, this can be an issue. Moreover, the speaker may not use a handheld microphone. Or, he may employ a lavalier microphone, which can cause severe level changes when the speaker turns his head while talking. The best way to address this challenge is to use a head-worn microphone.

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Voice, Microphone Technology and Characteristics

When using microphones it is important to know some of the parameters characterizing the source you are recording, its surroundings and the characteristics of the tools you use to record it.

Voice is probably the most recognizable sound source of all and we can easily detect whether it sounds authentic or not. 

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