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DPA to Launch New Groundbreaking Modular Mic Series at Prolight + Sound 2011
DPA Microphones officially launched its brand new modular series of microphones at Prolight + Sound 2011, stand 8, G40. The DPA Reference Standard Microphones have already won a Pro Audio Review Par Excellence award and a Mix Magazine Certified Hit since being unveiled at last year’s AES Convention in San Francisco.
The Reference Standard mics take DPA’s Standard and Compact ranges a step further, building on the company’s reputation for clear, transparent and precise sound and improving on the classic mics known and loved the world over. The new range offers increased flexibility, sound quality and cost-effectiveness; the best just got better.
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 brand 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. Additionally, owning several capsules will be more cost effective than the expense of purchasing complete mics. As with all DPA products, the entire manufacturing process takes place at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
Also new to the range are the pioneering new twin diaphragm capsules which form the 2000 Series, bringing down the cost of owning a DPA microphone to between €600–700. 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 DPAs 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 ground-breaking new DPA cable accessory features a super slim XLR connector that adds extremely little length and forms an elegant spot microphone for suspension on a TV set or a live stage. A modular, carbon fibre 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. Adjustable and modular, this innovative new mounting device is as flexible as the mic range itself.
“We never thought it would be possible to obtain such quality at this price, but with the 2000 Series we have managed to create a range with the exceptional sound quality people associate with DPA,” says company co-founder Morten Stove. “Our miniatures have been used for years for instruments and concert recordings, and we have taken them a step further, refining them and building them into regular microphones. A big advantage is the fact that you can start out with the capsules from the 2000 series and then later upgrade to the 4000 series, as the preamps are the same. Once again our development team has done a great job.”
In picture: DPA’s new Reference Standard Microphones.
7th April 2011
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