Close Up: DPA Microphones

Over a Half Century of Audio Mastery: A beacon of consistency, clarity, and modularity for decades, Danish-based DPA Microphones traces its roots back to the ‘50s, when its predecessor, Brüel & Kjær (B&K), developed the first, precisely accurate measurement microphones. In 1992, entrepreneurs Ole Brøsted Sørensen and Morten Støve left B&K and started a transformation that affects the audio industry to this day. They turned the most well-known and accurate measurement microphones in the world into perhaps the clearest, truest pro-audio microphones that are still available today. The 4006 Omnidirectional Microphone was one of the first recording mics DPA developed and is still one of the best-loved recording mics in the world. In 2017, the company introduced the game-changing CORE technology into its miniature lavalier and headset capsules. This preamplifier technology minimizes distortion and expands dynamic range––making these amazing miniatures sound even better than ever. Each microphone is assembled by hand at their state-of-the-art factory in Denmark, involving up to 200 individual, hands-on steps. Renowned users include Sting (for whom DPA adapted its studio mic into a customized stage mic), Celine Dion, Post Malone, and Stevie Wonder.

Passion & Modularity:Christopher Spahr, VP of Sales and Marketing in the US, says, “A lot of what we create is modular because we don’t make many application-specific mics. The mics can be used on a snare drum, acoustic guitar, piano, or violin, simply by using a different clip. Passion for innovation and sonic perfection plays a huge role in creating our products, and we will only release a mic if we can improve upon what is out there and make something that we think is the best. Our products tend to last a long time and all CORE mics, in particular, are IP58 rated and waterproof.”

4097 Interview Kit: DPA recently rolled out its CORE 4097 Interview Kit, which allows people to conduct interviews while socially distanced from their subjects. Delivering great sound in challenging situations, it contains a 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun Microphone, which shines in outdoor locations, handling inclement weather and limiting intrusive background noises. It’s a professional solution for professional broadcasters, who need amazing sound in a lightweight, small-footprint form factor. It can be mounted on a boom via the cold shoe mount or can be used as a stationary interview mic on a table. The user can also mount it directly on the transmitter. For on-the-go voice-over work, there are a number of DPA accessories for easy adaptation.

MMA-A Digital Audio Interface: Another recent innovation is the MMA-A Digital Audio Interface, a dual-channel microphone preamplifier and A/D converter that captures audio via both recording and broadcasting apps. It can be used with all DPA microphones with a microdot connector. At about two inches in diameter, the MMA-A is ultra-compact, easily fits in a pocket, and is controlled through a remote application on any iOS device. DPA’s 4060 omnidirectional microphone is a great addition to the MMA-A, offering natural sound, good detail and resolution; and it picks up sound no matter what direction the mic is placed in.

Contact DPA Microphones (U.S. Sales Office), 303-485-1025