CORE by DPA is a powerful new amplifier technology at the heart of our miniature microphones. We’ve minimized distortion. From a whisper to a scream, you will experience increased clarity and openness. CORE is available for all of our miniature microphone solutions and is now a key component of our amazing subminiature line of microphones.
While CORE has significantly improved the performance of all of our 5 mm (0.20 in) miniature mics, you will be amazed at the advanced performance CORE has provided our new 3 mm (0.12 in) subminiature range. Contrary to common understanding, our CORE subminiatures have a performance level that is comparable to our amazing miniature technology. Precision engineering and miniscule optimizations of our capsule technology have created a subminiature that significantly outperforms all other mics in their class – and beyond.
Due to the laws of physics, in general when you go down in membrane size, the self-noise of a microphone increases. Nevertheless, in the case of the new DPA 3 mm subminiature, we have been able to keep the noise level comparable to our 5 mm (0.20 in). In fact, the Loud-SPL version of the subminiature has a noise level that is the same as our 5 mm (0.20 in) versions. The Loud-SPL version of this mic is perfect for close miking situations like placement on an actor's forehead. It is also the version used on all of our headsets.
By shrinking the amazing performance of CORE into a 3 mm (0.12 in) package, DPA has created solutions that support professional sound engineers across industries:
- On theatre stages, where crisp, clear DPA sound needs to be delivered via an unobtrusive headset or hidden bodyworn mic
- On high-profile film sets, where every millimeter counts when hiding bodyworn mics on actors or as plant mics on the film stage
- On the broadcast news or sound stage, where an unobtrusive headset or lavalier mic allows viewers to focus on the speaker and the content
The CORE Subminiatures, are IP58 certified. This durability is achieved through a number of defense mechanisms:
• Water-repellant nano-coating of the cover and housing
• Hermetic sealing of the sensitive amplifier at the core of the mic
• Dual gold plating of the diaphragm
CORE by DPA minimizes distortion
When the output of the microphone no longer sounds like the input, we call this distortion. Although all systems and mics add some distortion, well-designed systems and mics exhibit less distortion. By increasing the dynamic range of the mics, CORE extends the point at which the distortion is audible. In addition, CORE lowers the general distortion heard at all levels – from soft to loud. That means a clearer more open sound across the entire microphone level range.
CORE by DPA expands dynamic range
In the 5 mm (0.20 in) miniature products, CORE by DPA increases the dynamic range up to 14 dB (at 1% THD) depending on the specific type of capsule. The performance of the d:screet™ 6060 CORE Subminiature Series is sonically and specifications-wise comparable to the legacy 5 mm (0.20 in) miniature capsules. These subminiatures have a lower noise floor than any other 3 mm (0.12 in) capsule on the market and they are better able to capture high sound pressure levels without distortion as well.
This gives users more flexibility by expanding the range of sounds that can be captured. In most cases, sound engineers prefer a mic with a wide dynamic range because they can use one mic to capture a wider range of sounds and in more applications.
Increased dynamic range = Increased workable range
With its increased dynamic range, a mic with CORE by DPA technology is less vulnerable to overload. At the same time, the mic maintains its low noise floor.
CORE by DPA increases clarity
The technical specifications of CORE by DPA technology can be measured and shown in tables, but most importantly, uncompromised clear sound across the entire workable range needs to be heard. Amazing sound has been reported by DPA users across the globe and that sound has been improved and implemented into the CORE versions of our microphones.
A graphical representation of what can be measured and heard is given in the example below. It shows that across the workable range of the mic, overall distortion has dropped. These mics have the ability to accept very high sound pressure levels and yield the most clear and open sound you have ever heard.
Who should choose CORE by DPA?
Anyone looking for the BEST achievable sound on the market should choose CORE as it provides consistency, clarity and amazing speech intelligibility in any application. Two applications where CORE stands out as a necessity are film recording and theater.
In the film recording industry, CORE can potentially save the sound crew a lot of time, effort and money. DPA microphones are known for their ability to withstand expressive acoustical sound pressure levels (SPL) without distortion and now CORE minimizes distortion even more. With such a large dynamic range, one microphone can be bodyworn on an actor that needs to whisper in one scene and scream in the next.
Similarly, theater applications often also need to capture wildly varying SPLs with one bodyworn microphone. In addition, when there are 30 or more mics on the stage, the clear and open sound of CORE will brighten the entire sound picture.
In addition, try putting a CORE mic on any musical instrument and you will hear it as never before.
Learn why is important in the modern-day audio chain in our Mic University article – Three points about CORE by DPA