DPA Pencil Microphones

Key Features
  • Small-diaphragm condenser microphones used for high-end audio amplifying and recording
  • Mix and match capsules and amplifiers for your ideal configuration
  • Available in omni, cardioid & supercardioid patterns, depending on your needs

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Key Features
  • Small-diaphragm condenser microphones used for high-end audio amplifying and recording
  • Mix and match capsules and amplifiers for your ideal configuration
  • Available in omni, cardioid & supercardioid patterns, depending on your needs

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.


DPA Pencil Microphones


DPA Pencil MicsDPA’s Recording Microphone Series contains a wide range of versatile pencil microphones that can be used for all of your high-end audio amplifying and recording needs.

Known worldwide as an industry standard in the recording branch, these mics offer amazing sound in virtually any situation.

You can rely on them to give you the sound you need in the studio, concert halls, on the stage, close miked on a wide variety of musical instruments, or even in news, broadcast and sports situations, where top-quality sound is required.

 


DPA 2006 Pencil MicrophonesThe DPA take on these pencil microphones is that you can mix and match the capsules and amplifiers in almost every configuration due to the modularity of this series. This allows you to change the form factor of the mic from a traditional long cylinder to a very compact designed type using the MMP-ER/ES Modular Active Cable, XLR and MMP-GR/GS Modular Active Cable, MicroDot.

The latter even allows you to connect your high performance capsule to a wireless transmitter via the extensive DPA range of adapters suiting the transmitter of your choice. 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. 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 coloured and damped. The unique DPA capsule technique however skips the colourisation 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.


DPA Pencil Microphones include: 4006, 2006, 4090, 4091, 4041, 2011, 4011, 4015, 4017, 4018.


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Product Range - Pencil Microphones

Product Code Description Product type Available configurations
DPA 4090

Omni, Normal SPL Pre-polarized Condenser For instrument miking in the studio or on the stage
DPA 2006

Omni, Twin Diaphragm Pre-polarized Condenser Bridges the gap between pencil & lavalier mics
DPA 4006

Omni, High Sensitivity Pre-polarized Condenser Excellent for concert halls and spot miking acoustical instruments
DPA 4041

Omni Large Diaphragm, Enhanced SPL Handling Condenser, Stainless Steel Diaphragm Unique immunity against ambient temperature variations