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d:dicate™ Recording Microphones

The d:dicate™ series

The wide and versatile d:dicate™ Microphone series is legendary in the high-end recording and film production industry. Delivering clean, accurate sound, the mics in this series are used by professionals, who understand sound and insist on only using the best.
In situations where you need a mic you know can deliver in any recording situation, the d:dicate™ Microphone series is the one you should choose. Known worldwide as an industry standard in the recording branch, these mics offer absolutely 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.

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- Engineered for second-to-none sound
- Off-axis performance
- d:dicate™ Microphones for studio
- d:dicate™ Microphones concert halls
- d:dicate™ Microphones for film and tv production

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ENGINEERED FOR SECOND-TO-NONE SOUND

The capsule as well as preamplifier design promises linearity, low noise and low distortion in a huge dynamic range for use on stage in broadcast or studio applications. But the versatility of the d:dicate™ microphones doesn’t stop there. The line is extremely flexible and can be used for high-quality table, podium, floor stand mount as well as a hanging and instrument mic. 

The range included encompasses both omnidirectional and several directional microphone capsules. Since most of the mics in this series are based on a modular design, the capsules and preamplifiers are completely compatible and interchangeable with the others. This means you can mix and match to create the exact mic you need for your specific task. The series revolves around the d:dicate™ 4000 microphones and the d:dicate™ 2000 microphones, both of which offer exceptional linear frequency response, high SPL and superior gain before feedback.



 

BEST OFF-AXIS PERFORMANCE OF ANY MIC

For optimal directional mics, the only difference off axis should be a lower sensitivity. The frequency responses should be as uniform as possible. d:dicate™ Microphone Capsules feature unrivaled frequency-independent off-axis attenuation. Higher isolation can be obtained using interference tube technologies for shotgun mics.

Keeping the directional characteristic and behavior intact over a wide frequency range is an engineering art form. Test the off-axis responses of the d:dicate™ Microphones against any professional microphone – our d:dicate™ Cardioid Microphones are pure art and you will appreciate the difference.

Bear in mind that the output of a microphone is a 360° total (not only on omnis!) and poor off-axis sound cannot be treated separately afterwards. As the first part of the audio chain, microphones set the limit for the level of sonic excellence you are able to achieve. With the d:dicate™ Microphone series, you are sure to achieve pure excellence.

Features

​Modularity – interchangable capsules and preamplifiers
Up to 120 dB dynamic range
RF rejection between >60 and >40 dB
Linear frequency response
High SPL
Superior gain before feedback

A truly flexible range

Any d:dicate™ Microphone Capsule can be transformed into a new configuration by combining it with one of the d:dicate™ preamplifiers

This provides signal integrity, noise elimination and tight specifications. This transformation can be done at any time, and with no tools needed (except d:dicate™ 4041, which has its own preamplifier).

Unique electronics design

With some d:dicate™ microphones offering up to 120 dB dynamic range, the series is hard to beat

The electronics design is optimized for the capsules as well as for the connection via long cable runs. The electronics allows you to get all the best out of the individual pre-polarized condenser capsules. 

In the electronics design, the CMRR (relevant for rejection of Radio Frequency Interference) is between >60 dB and >40 dB using the DPA Microphones’ philosophy of transformerless Impedance Balancing with Active Drive.

D:DICATE™ MICROPHONES FOR STUDIO

Recording a rock, pop or other rhythmic band playing in the studio presents a unique set of challenges, but with the right microphone you can achieve an excellent result.

The main problem in this scenario is spill, specifically from the louder instruments to the mics used on quieter sound sources. 

d:dicate™ Microphones combine the best microphone capsules with the best preamplifiers to deliver superior sound for high-quality studio recording situations. The range is wide and provides superb-sounding microphones with any type of pickup pattern required for your specific needs.  Within the series there are a wide variety of capsules matching any recording need. For a more affordable studio recording solution, the d:dicate™ 2011 Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Microphone is a fantastic solution. It performs as well as more exclusive microphones. It is a premium-class microphone and redefines the term value for money.
 

 

Microphones for recording music in project studios (home studios)

A continuing trend in the music business is the increase in high-quality, home-based project studios. While primarily for convenience, they need to contain top-quality equipment, including microphones. The twin-diaphragm mics from the d:dicate™ Microphone series are the best choice for a project studio. Choose between the d:dicate™ 2006A Twin Diaphragm Omnidirectional Microphone or the d:dicate™ 2011A Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Microphone, depending on your specific needs. These mics performs as well as more exclusive microphones.

They are premium-class microphones and redefine the term value for money.

 
 

D:DICATE™ MICROPHONES CONCERT HALLS

Recording classical symphonies in a large concert hall setting, has different challenges than recording rhythmic bands in a studio, but still great sounds starts with great microphones.

The d:dicate™ 4006 Omnidirectional Microphone and the d:dicate™ 4011 Cardioid Microphone combine the best microphone capsules with the best preamplifiers to deliver superior sound for high-quality reproductions of the acoustics of halls, churches and other pristine recording venues. The range is wide and provides superb-sounding microphones with any type of pickup pattern required for your specific needs.  Within the series there are a wide variety of capsules matching any recording need. The d:dicate™ Microphone series also contains a range of meticulously matched stereo and surround kits that can be used in conjunction with the S5 Surround Mount to capture amazing surround sound recordings of classical symphonies. 


 

Floor standing mics for classical singers

Classically-trained opera singers are used to using their voice to fill up the hall. These singers can sing at extremely high SPL, which can cause distortion in the microphone. Additionally, the right amount of "air" between the singer and the microphone is essential to give it a classical sound, so close miking, which is also done for other music genres cannot be used here. Recording these singers in concert is often done using elegant floor-standing microphones, which have the correct audio quality as well as visual impact for the performance. 

Available in either a cardioid or a supercardioid variant, d:dicate™ Floor stand Microphones are our best solution for the highest-quality sound capture in both recording and live performance situations. Both variants are widely customizable; available in a range of boom lengths to meet any need. The d:dicate™ 4011F Floor Stand Microphone is the cardioid variant, which provides a natural response to voice and a noise rejecting quality. No equalization is needed to remove any microphone artifacts; voice intelligibility is straight out of the mic. The d:dicate™ 4018F Floor Stand Microphone is the highly-directional supercardioid variant, which secures an identical sound color around the microphone. The usual rear lobe heard on most supercardioids is minimized making it much more isolated without sudden frequency dependent peaks and dips. This mic is highly customizable; available in a range of boom lengths to meet any need.

 



 

D:DICATE™ MICROPHONES FOR FILM AND TV PRODUCTION

A properly boomed actor sounds very natural to the ear. Shotgun boom microphones are a staple in most film sound engineers arsenal of tools.

The d:dicate™  4017B Shotgun Microphone is equipped with a highly-directional hypercardioid pickup pattern; obtained using an interference tube that provides excellent off-axis rejection. Its unique directional pattern is useful when you need exceptionally high directivity with high background noise rejection. It is convenient when you cannot place the mic close enough to the sound source. The d:dicate™ 4018C Supercardioid Microphone, Compact has a highly-directional supercardioid pickup pattern with a smooth and uniform off-axis frequency response. It is designed for use in long-distance film miking applications.
 

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