PENCIL MICROPHONES

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A pencil microphone gets its name based on its shape, which is long, thin and cylindrical – similar to a pencil. These mics are small-diaphragm condensers mics and they are also known as recording microphones though they can be used for much more than just recording.

Our omnidirectional pencil microphones

An omnidirectional microphone has sensitivity at all angles – in principle picking up sound equally from all directions. This gives you extremely natural and realistic sound compared to a cardioid mic. Omni mics are often used for picking up ambient sounds, as well as miking a large sound source such as a choir in a recording situation Unfortunately, due to their pickup pattern, omnis can also produce a lot of feedback in live situations.

Nonetheless, we recommend that you try a DPA omni first because, when used close to the sound source, the equal frequency response makes these mics a flexible addition in your audio toolbox. It will often give a more natural sound, it can handle extremely high sound pressure levels, it does not suffer from proximity effect and is not as sensitive to wind, pop or handling noise.

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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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2006 Twin Diaphragm Omni Mic

Two opposite-facing miniature omni capsules are custom rebuilt inside this microphone. They are placed into a double-diaphragm, one-capsule composition. This microphone bridges the gap between the extreme sound quality of our d:dicate™ series and our well-known miniatures – the d:screet™ and d:fine™ series.

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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. It has also served as a legendary tool for picking up extremely loud engine sound from almost anything you can think of from racing cars through helicopters to space shuttles.

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4090 Omni Mic, P48

This is a series of high-quality omnidirectional condenser microphones. Due to their uniquely natural and open sound, these mics are suitable for instrument-miking applications in the studio or on the stage. They are also often used as line up mics for measurement purposes.

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4041 Omni Large Diaphragm Mic, P48

This large diaphragm mic offers superior sound quality. This is the most quiet and most detailed mic in the DPA portfolio. It is designed to work in a standard 48 V phantom power environment.

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Our cardioid pencil microphones

Named for its “heart shaped” polar pattern, a cardioid (or directional) microphone has the most sensitivity at the front and is least sensitive from the sides and at the back. They come in many variations – with wider or narrower angles of sensitivity (supercardioid, hypercardioid, wide cardioid etc.). Although cardioids also pick up sound coming in from the sides, this off-axis sound will normally be more or less colored and damped. The unique DPA capsule technique however skips the colorization of the sound coming from the sides or the rear of the mic and just reduces the sensitivity to these angles and thereby offers perfect sound stages. The amount of damping depends on the exact specifications of the mic.

A cardiod microphone is in its definition damped -6 dB at the 90° side entry of the microphone but for many the word cardioid covers in general microphones with a directional approach versus the omnidirectional microphone that picks up sound from all directions.

Due to their nature, directional mics are often used on the live stage – both during concerts as well as spoken-word events, to capture the focused sound of an instrument or voice. The narrow angle of sensitivity helps to minimize the bleed from other sounds on a busy stage. One thing to note with cardioid mics is the proximity effect, which causes an increase in bass response the closer the microphone is moved to the sound source.

Therefore when judging mic specifications you should always look for the statement telling you at what distance the flat frequency response has been measured. In addition, cardioid mics are far more sensitive to wind, pop and handling noises than omni mics, so be sure to take precautions to guard against this.

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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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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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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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Our supercardioid pencil microphones

A supercardioid microphone is similar to a cardioid – it is most sensitive to sound coming in at the front and is least sensitive at the back. Supercardioid mics tend to have a much narrower angle of sensitivity  (and hypercardioids even narrower) – making them even more focused than a “normal” cardioid mic. Thieoff-axis sound will normally be more or less colored and damped – and, due to the narrow angle of focus, the area of damped sound is increased significantly. The unique DPA capsule technique however skips the colorization of the sound coming from the sides or the rear of the mic and just reduces the sensitivity to these angles and thereby offers perfect sound stages. The amount of damping depends on the exact specifications of the mic.

Due to their nature, supercardioid mics are often used on the live stage – both during concerts as well as spoken-word events, to capture the focused sound of an instrument or voice. The narrow angle of sensitivity helps to minimize the bleed from other sounds on a busy stage. One thing to note with supercardioid mics is the proximity effect, which causes an increase in bass response the closer the microphone is moved to the sound source. In addition, supercardioid mics are far more sensitive to wind, pop and handling noises than omni mics, so be sure to take precautions to guard against this.

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4017 Shotgun Mic

Designed for a broad range of applications, this microphone is ideal for use with camera systems, in fixed positions for broadcast / ENG / film booming and even studio recording environments. They are also often the natural choice on a sports scene where large areas are to be covered with a lot of microphones, i.e. a football field and the likes.

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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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Our kits

The wide and versatile d:dicate™ Microphone series is legendary in the high-end recording and film production industry. Delivering clean, accurate sound, the mics in this series are used by professionals, who understand sound and insist on only using the best.

Our d:dicate™ Stereo Kits are matched within ±0.5 dB or ±1 dB on frequency response depending on the kit you choose. The stereo kits are available with:
 
  • d:dicate™ 2006 Twin Diaphragm Omnidirectional Microphone
  • d:dicate™ 2011 Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Microphone
  • d:dicate™ 4006 Omnidirectional Microphone
  • d:dicate™ 4007 Omnidirectional Microphone
  • d:dicate™ 4011 Cardioid Microphone
  • d:dicate™ 4015 Wide Cardioid Microphone
  • d:dicate™ 4041 Large Diaphragm Microphone

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Stereo Kits

Available with 4006, 4011 or 4041 these specialized stereo kits contain a matched set of pencil microphones and the accessories you need to capture amazing stereo sound. All kits are matched within either ±0.5 dB or ±1 dB depending on the kit. These mics are used by professionals who insist on only using the best.

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Stereo Pairs

The Stereo Pairs contain the mathced pencil microphones, clips and windscreens and accessories. All kits are matched within either ±0.5 dB or ±1 dB depending on the kit. Available with either 4006, 2011, 2006, 4007, 4011 or 4015.

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Surround Kits

Available with 4006, 4011 or 4015 the kits all have unique features for surround sound recording. Used with the dedicated S5 Surround/Decca Tree Mount you’ll have endless of possibilities to capture the nature of the environment in which the mics are placed.

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What strikes me first of all is how small the body is and thus placement in tight places is made a lot easier. In my opinion where the d:dicate™ 2011C really excels is as a spot mic for prominent cymbals, namely the hi-hat and ride.

Sound Quality: 4 out of 5.
Ease of use: 5 out of 5.
Features: 4 out of 5.
Bang for buck: 5 out of 5.
Overall: 4.5.
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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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For really demanding situations, the d:dicate™ 4011A microphone will tolerate an astonishing 159 dB SPL!
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Codemasters uses DPA for Dirt Rally audio

Their ability to withstand the stresses of onboard car recording and deliver exceptional audio quality made them the perfect microphone choice.
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Not surprisingly, this capsule (MMC4015) retains most of the bandwidth and tonal advantages of the straight omni capsule, while providing a useful amount of rearward rejection.
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10 important facts about acoustics for mic users

If you want to get the best out of your microphones, it is a good idea to have some knowledge of acoustics. This article takes you through 10 of the most important terms and facts.
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