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MICROPHONES FOR LIVE APPLICATIONS

When it’s your reputation on the line, choose mics that will provide the most consistently honest sound. DPA Microphones offers a wide range of specially-designed products for your close-miking or ambience-miking needs. 

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- Microphones for miking instruments
- Microphones for miking vocals
- Microphone placement - tips and tricks
 

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MICROPHONES FOR MIKING INSTRUMENTS

No matter what you choose, you can be certain that there are no other mics that will deliver a live experience as powerful to your audience.

When it comes to miking your instrument for performance on the stage, DPA Microphones gives you a huge range of choice with the d:vote™ Instrument Microphones, d:screet™ Miniature Microphones and d:dicate™ Recording Microphones series.

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d:vote™ Instrument Microphones

The award-winning d:vote™ Instrument Microphone series, gives you a much more natural sound than any internal microphone or pickup. This condenser microphone rejects unwanted noise and accurately captures the true voice of your acoustic instrument.

Known for their discreet size and elegance, these mics come in two variants, both of which feature a lightweight design. Yet, d:vote™ Instrument Microphones are also rugged. The versatile gooseneck provides stable and repeatable positioning. The flexible design supports a wide variety of mounting and positioning possibilities and a wide selection of ingenious mounting options offered.

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d:screet™ Miniature Microphones for instruments

The d:screet™ Miniature Microphone series is an ideal instrument close-miking solution, which offers a very clean, detailed and natural sound quality. Microphone placement is up to the user, in order to receive the desired timbre for studio use or amplification for live use.

d:screet™ Miniature Microphones offers a very clean, detailed and natural sound quality. Microphone placement is up to the user, in order to receive the desired timbre for studio use or amplification for live use. Combine the lo-sens d:screet™ 4061 Omnidirectional Microphone with a Gooseneck Mount if you are after a very unobtrusive microphone with a big sound. The mics have a linear response, low distortion and an extremely large dynamic range, perfect for capturing the unique resonances of any instrument.

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d:dicate™ Recording Microphones for instruments

The wide and versatile d:dicate™ Recording Microphone series is legendary in the high-end recording industry and can also make your instrument shine on the live stage. Delivering clean, accurate sound, the mics in this series are used by professionals, who understand sound and insist on only using the best. When used together with the Gooseneck Shock Mount and a MMP-G Modular Active Cable Preamplifier with MicroDot, any d:dicate™ capsule turns into a fantastic wireless, onstage instrument microphone. You’ve never heard a wireless stage performance like this before!

For those who choose not to go wireless, using the Gooseneck Shock Mount with the MMP-E Modular Active Cable Preamplifier with an XLR connector is the best choice. 

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MICROPHONES FOR MIKING VOCALS

d:facto™ Vocal Microphones are engineered especially for vocal performances onstage. These mics capture electrifying stage acts and accurately replicates a singer's voice transparently, consistently and thrillingly. The mic is optimized for use in sound reinforcement as well as recording applications. It offers natural sound, high separation from nearby sound sources and SPL handling up to 160 dB. There are two variants of the d:facto™ Vocal Microphones.



The d:facto™ Vocal Microphone is engineered especially for vocal performances, accurately replicating a singer's voice transparently, consistently and thrillingly. The mic has a high-end boost and is optimized for use in sound reinforcement as well as recording applications. It offers natural sound, high separation from distant sound sources and SPL handling up to 160 dB. 



The d:facto™ Linear Vocal Microphone is engineered specifically for audio engineers who prefer setting their own unique impression on the final sound. Just like the d:facto™ Vocal Microphone, it captures electrifying performances and accurately replicates a singer's voice transparently, consistently and thrillingly. The only difference is the removal of the high-end boost. 

Features of the d:facto™ Vocal Mic
  • Extraordinarily natural sound
  • Perfectly uniform supercardioid directionality
  • Perfectly uniform supercardioid directionality
  • High separation
  • Extreme SPL handling: 160 dB
  • Low handling noise
  • Flexible adapter system fits most professional wireless systems
 
 

MICROPHONE PLACEMENT - TIPS AND TRICKS

Choosing the correct microphone and using it correctly is important to getting the best sound both for vocals and instruments. Correct microphone placement depends on the sound you want to hear. With years of experience, DPA Microphones has loads of information about the best way to get the most out of your sound.

Mounting a mic on your instrument

DPA microphones can make any type of instrument sound even better. It’s just a matter of picking the best mic for the job and, most importantly, placing it correctly. For more information on how to mount your microphone so that you get the best sound possible, take a look at our “how to mic” guides in our Mic University section of the website. 
 

Ten points on close miking for live performances

Close-miking is the term we use when we place a microphone close to the sound source, for instance, a musical instrument.

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Miking vocals with a handheld mic

Choosing the correct microphone and using it correctly is important to getting the best sound. Yet, when choosing a microphone for a vocal performance, audio technicians have a tendency to simply do exactly what they have seen on stages for years.

Ask a child to draw a microphone and it will most likely be the legendary ice cream cone shape, well established by brands such as Shure. This is apparently what a vocal microphone should look like.
Why is this so? 

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How to mount the d:vote™ Instrument Microphone

A visual guide to mounting the d:vote™ Instrument Microphone on various instruments.

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