DPA Instrument Microphones

Key Features
  • Ideal for close and distance miking, live performance and recording situations.
  • Available as kits and stereo pairs
  • Wide range of instrument clips and mounting accessories enabling you to choose the perfect mic placement

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Key Features
  • Ideal for close and distance miking, live performance and recording situations.
  • Available as kits and stereo pairs
  • Wide range of instrument clips and mounting accessories enabling you to choose the perfect mic placement

DPA Instrument Microphones For Live and Recording. DPA instrument microphones include the award winning 4099 supercardioid condenser, the new 4055 kick drum microphone and specific mics for close or distance miking. The DPA instrument microphones offer a whole range of accessories allowing further flexibility for mic placement. DPA instrument models are the 4055, 4099, 2011, 4011 and 4015.


DPA Instrument Microphones


DPA 4099The area of microphones for instruments is extremely wide. Not only is there a wide range of instruments around the world, each with its own specific sonic expression. In addition, amplifing or recording live rock concerts, orchestras, studio work and many other settings often require very different miking solutions to ensure the best results.

If you are to amplify an instrument, where there is a risk of feedback from the speakers to the microphone a directional microphone is preferable as for instance the 4099 Instrument Microphone Series that features a supercardioid characteristic. A very directional microphone is better at isolating from other instruments on stage nearby.

 

 


dpa-how-to-mic-a-kick-drum-1There are two primary ways of miking instruments. Close miking is when you place the microphone close to or more likely on, the sound source. The purpose of close miking is many: to minimize bleed from other sound sources, to block out reflections from the room and to ensure flexibility for the performer. Distance miking is, as you would think, about placing mics farther away from the instrument(s). The technique is used to ensure balance and add natural ambience to a sound.

Distant miking is often used in the pickup of a large instrumental ensemble (such as a symphony orchestra) and is most likely used for recording situations. In very general terms, close miking is often advantageous on the live stage, where many instruments are placed close together in an uncontrolled, often rather large space. Distant miking is often more relevant in a controlled studio environment or where you want to add the ambience of a room, for example, a nice sounding concert hall.

More information on the DPA 4055 Kick Drum Microphone


DPA 4055 Kic Drum MicrophoneChoosing the right mic for your instrument is only the first step in ensuring a great sound. The placement of the mics can make a huge difference on the character of the sound you create.

In addition, if you have chosen to close-mic your instrument, you need a clip or mount that can place the mic in the sweet spot but that is also quick and easy to securely attach and remove. Importantly, the mount used must not damage your instrument in any way.

How to mic a kick drum

 


Products include the 4055, 4011, 2011, 4099, 4015 & 4099 Touring Kit.


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Product Range - Instrument Microphones

Product Code Description Product type Available configurations
DPA 4055

20Hz-20kHz frequency response, 6 db soft boost Kick Drum Microphone Open Cardioid Condenser
DPA 4011

Superb separation, ideal for close miking or hanging, 20Hz-20kHz frequency response Instrument Microphone Cardioid Condenser Pencil
DPA 2011

Handles high SPL, 20Hz-20kHz frequency response, 3dB soft boost Instrument Microphone Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser
DPA 4099

Handles high SPL, 20Hz-20kHz frequency response, 2dB soft boost Instrument Microphone Supercardioid Condenser
DPA 4015

Perfect fill-in between omni and directional, 20Hz-20kHz frequency response Instrument Microphone Wide Cardioid Condenser
DPA 4099 Touring Kit

Handles high SPL, 20Hz-20kHz frequency response, 2dB soft boost Instrument Microphone Supercardioid Condenser