WHO SHOULD CHOOSE CORE by DPA?
Anyone looking for the BEST achievable sound on the market should choose CORE by DPA as it provides consistency, clarity and amazing speech intelligibility in any application. Three applications where CORE by DPA stands out as a necessity are for film recording, theater and the live music scene.
In the film recording industry, CORE by DPA 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 by DPA 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 by DPA will brighten the entire sound picture.
In the music industry, every musician, live sound engineer and rental house striving for the best stage mic solution should consider a 4099 with CORE by DPA. This updated version of the 4099 adds more clarity and brings out more details across the entire dynamic range.
IMPROVING ON THE BEST
The original miniature and headset microphones are both based on the same DPA capsule technology – they have been, and still are, some of the most clear, consistent and robust miniature microphones you can find on the market. The original 4099 is already the recognized standard for this type of microphone and the CORE by DPA version adds just another layer of sound quality that further distances this mic from its competitors. All three of these microphone series have always been known for working across a wide dynamic range as well as exhibiting low distortion across all SPLs.
All CORE by DPA technology microphones 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
This will allow them to be used in such applications as outfield grass and the turf on pitch and gridiron.
HOW TO TELL IT’S A CORE
All microphones purchased with the new technology will come in ‘CORE by DPA’ packaging.
The miniature and headset mics with CORE by DPA will have a blue label near the serial number on the cable to differentiate between these and the original versions. These mics will also have a very discreet laser engraving stating ‘core’ at the microphone capsule as well.
The 4099 CORE mics will sport a completely new streamlined design and we have added a blue ring at the cable exit to the rear of the windscreen. In addition, there will be color-coding at the cable end of the gooseneck so you can easily identify the two versions of the mic. This identification is almost invisible in use due to the mic placement on an instrument.
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