I've been using 4099 Instrument Microphones for many years, especially on cello and double bass. I really like them because they are so small, light and easy to install. They come with a fabulous range of accessories and are not invasive, even on small instruments such as violins. In terms of sound, they bring out the true nature of an acoustic instrument and deliver the deep, full-bodied, true low end bass that you expect to hear.
– Simone 'Zeta' Saccomandi, front of house engineer for Italian ensemble, LE DIV4S
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 by DPA extends the point at which the distortion is measurable. In addition, CORE by DPA lowers the general distortion heard at all levels – from soft to loud. That means a clearer more open sound across the entire microphone range.
CORE by DPA expands dynamic range
CORE by DPA increases the dynamic range of our miniature microphones up to 14 dB depending on the specific type of capsule.
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
- Increased dynamic range = Less vulnerable to overload
CORE by DPA sounds better
An increased dynamic range and less general distortion means the sounds you capture come through loud and clear. From a whisper to a scream (Pianissimo to Forte), CORE microphones exhibit increased clarity and increase openness in the sound across all SPLs – from low to high.
Looking for sound close to our original, amazing 4006 in a miniature package? Check out CORE by DPA. We can’t promise quite the same sound, but it is very close.
Understanding CORE by DPA
Dynamic range is the range of sound pressure that a microphone can handle. It is measured from the SPL at the noise floor (the mic’s own self-noise) to the SPL at 1% Total Harmonic Distortion (THD). At 1% THD, most people listening will be able to detect a change in sound quality. For more information about dynamic range, THD and other important microphone specs, read our Mic University article on the subject