DPA have listened to the theatre, film and television industry and have added the smallest ever high end pro audio microphone capsule to its d:screet and d:fine ranges.
At just three millimetres in diameter, The d:screet CORE 6060 and 6061 Subminiature Mic and the d:fine CORE 6066 Subminiature Headset mic are two millimetres smaller than the 4000 series of mini products. But don’t let their size misguide you, their performance far outweighs their appearance. All three models incorporate the company’s recently launched CORE technology, designed to reduce distortion and increase dynamic range.
Kalle Hvidt Nielsen, DPA’s CEO, is clear-cut about this new 6000 series of products, describing them as ‘without doubt, the best miniature microphones DPA has ever made’.
“Giving the market the most advanced technology and the best sound possible has always been DPA’s philosophy and compared to our existing 4000 series miniature microphones, the 6000 series represents a significant step forward.” He says. “Developing these products has been a massive undertaking and the amount we have learned has really strengthened our already exceptional R&D capabilities. We are proud to serve the market with such great tools.”
DPA Product Manager René Moerch is equally thrilled.
“The sound quality is everything you would expect from a DPA microphone and, despite their small size, their performance is similar to our 5 mm miniature capsules,” he says. “Indeed, their noise floor is lower and their ability to reach high sound pressure levels without distortion is better than any other 3 mm capsule on the market.”
The results come after years of thorough research into the development of these capsules, where DPA R&D staff have worked with theatres, film sets and television studios to learn exactly what the industry needs in a subminiature mic.
“DPA has a big footprint in these industries, especially theatre where our microphones are regularly used on top Broadway and West End shows,” Moerch says. “Everyone wants the tiniest microphone possible so that they are less visible when worn as a headset and are completely invisible when hidden in costumes and wigs. Customers also want is DPA’s exceptional sound quality and durability, especially when it comes to cables that withstand damage and capsules that can be easily cleaned to remove stage makeup and sweat. Our 5 mm capsules already deliver on all these levels, so being able to offer a microphone that is just as good, but even smaller is generating huge excitement within these industries.”
Feedback from customers who have tested the new microphones has been equally as positive.
“The 6061 is the best miniature mic capsule DPA has ever made,” says Sound Designer Dan Samson, while Sound Designer Gareth Fry adds: “Not only does the sound of the 6000 series make me happy, but it’s smaller size means that the performers who are wearing them are happier, too.”
”I find it remarkable that we can achieve studio quality sound from a microphone that small,” he says. ”but at half the size of a 4061 and with the same great audio quality, For me, it is the best miniature capsule DPA have ever made.”
Sound designer Gareth Owen is equally impressed, saying: “About once a week someone asks me when actors are going to have microphones surgically implanted into their skulls. It was funny, for a while... The 6061 isn’t a surgically implanted bone-transducer microphone, cold-grafted to the temple, it’s getting close.”
All three 6000 series capsules are omnidirectional and have a frequency range of 20 Hz - 20 kHz. The d:screet 6060 lavalier has a noise floor of only 24 dB(A), while the d:screet 6061 lavalier and d:fine 6066 headsets have noise floors of only 26 dB(A). This is similar to the company’s existing 4000 series miniature mics. All three capsules are available in black and beige and more colours will be added at a later stage.
The d:fine also has a totally redesigned, lightweight, one-size-fits-all headset that sits over the ears for maximum comfort and has a spring mechanism to assist in gripping below the ears and to the side of the head for total stability. The headset has a fully adjustable boom and easily fits on to the head and also has a redesigned cable attachment that allows the cable to run down the wearers back, to remain inconspicuous.
“Our new headset is a major step forward because it is much more secure and comfortable than previous versions,” Moerch explains. “We gave our designers carte blanche to come up with something new and they have developed a product that exceeds everyone’s expectations. We are sure this new headset will be the preferred headset mic when people try it see it and hear it.”
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