Musikmesse 2011: DPA Launches New Modular Mic Series

DPA Microphones is launching a new modular series of microphones at Prolight + Sound 2011, Stand 8, G40. The Reference Standard mics build on DPA’s Standard and Compact ranges. The new range offers increased flexibility, sound quality and cost-effectiveness.

photo of DPA’s new Reference Standard Microphones

DPA’s new Reference Standard Microphones

The Reference Standard 4000 Series builds and improves on DPA’s Compact and Standard 4006, 4011, 4015 and 4017 mics, making a wide selection of capsules available at different price points and performance demands. Three new preamplifiers improve on previous designs: the MMP-A ultra transparent transformerless preamp with active drive for impedance balancing; the MMP-B preamp with low cut and high boost filters; and the 45mm compact MMP-C preamp with a softer character. The range’s modular design allows any mic within the series to be transformed into a new variant. DPA states that owning several capsules will be more cost effective than purchasing complete mics. As with all DPA products, the entire manufacturing process takes place at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

The new Twin Diaphragm Capsules form the 2000 Series. The MMC2006 omni and MMC2011 cardioid capsules are rooted in the design technology of DPA’s classic miniature capsules. The 2006 encapsulates two opposite-facing 4060 omnidirectional miniature diaphragms to form a one-capsule, dual-diaphragm design, reducing noise and enhancing sensitivity. The 2011 also benefits from DPA's interference tube design experience. These mics are designed to bring the sound qualities of DPA’s classic 4006 omni and 4011 cardioid to a larger market.

Innovative accessories increase versatility and allow for future upgrades or new applications. For example, a groundbreaking new DPA cable accessory features a super slim XLR connector that adds extremely little length and is said to form an elegant spot microphone for suspension on a TV set or a live stage. A modular, carbon-fiber stereo mounting bar is equipped with Rycote Lyres to position mics stably at the desired angle for any stereo recording. This mounting device can also be screwed into a gooseneck for mounting inside a piano, or connected directly to a camera stand. The new mounting device is adjustable and modular.

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