Surround Solutions

Immersive sound at its best

d:mension™ Surround Solutions are targeted at surround sound recording for film, live, broadcast and studio applications.

Using full surround sound is one way to record a symphony. Most orchestras are a self-balancing phenomena – each instrumental part can be heard without the need for additional miking. As well, acoustic reflections and a sense of acoustic space are an important aspect of the sound of an orchestra - just as much as the instruments themselves.

Our surround solutions


5100 Mobile Surround Mic

A completely self-contained plug-and-play solution for 5.1 audio capture. It brings engaging surround ambience to sport events, documentaries and other HDTV productions. This microphone is versatile and can be mounted in many ways: microphone stand, suspended from the ceiling or via a handgrip.

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Surround Kits

Available with 4006, 4011 or 4015 the kits all have unique features for surround sound recording. Used with the dedicated S5 Surround/Decca Tree Mount you’ll have endless of possibilities to capture the nature of the environment in which the mics are placed.

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Features of the d:mension™

  • Plug-and-play solution
  • Compact, lightweight and portable
  • Rich, smooth and fully enveloping sound
  • Discrete 5.1 analog output – no processing needed

Surround mounts & kits

The S5 Surround/Decca Tree Mount is a highly versatile and stylish microphone mount. It provides extreme flexibility due to its unique building block design. It allows for numerous configurations while providing visual elegance.

On stage, the mount is hardly visible and completely non-light reflective. The mount is equally suitable for fixed installations and mobile setups and can be neatly packed away into the supplied briefcase for easy transportation. Compact and extremely lightweight, the S5 Surround/Decca Tree Mount is very strong and stable. Although the array is optimized for use with DPA microphones, it accommodates all microphone holders, and a broad variety of surround microphone arrays can be set up very neatly.

We offer three surround kits for use with the S5 Surround/Decca Tree Mount:

A complete d:mension™ surround kit with five carefully factory-matched d:dicate™ 4006A Omnidirectional Microphones. Even though the standard tolerances on the d:dicate™ 4006A Omnidirectional Microphones are extremely low, the surround match is even closer.

A complete d:mension™ surround kit combining three d:dicate™ 4006A Omnidirectional Microphones and two d:dicate™ 4011A Cardioid Microphones, carefully factory-matched to achieve full precision.

A complete d:mension™ surround kit with five carefully factory-matched d:dicate™ 4015 Wide Cardioid Microphones. Even though the standard tolerances on the d:dicate™ 4015 Wide Cardioid Microphones are extremely low, the surround match is even closer.

You save 500 EUR off the list price when you buy the S5 Surround/Decca Tree Mount along with this Matched Surround Kit.
The mic provided a superb downmix for the stereo radio broadcast and rock-solid 5.1 imaging for the DVD soundtrack. During the mix, I slightly delayed the rear two channels to spread out the applause and ambience beds. The unaltered mix was fine as-is, but adding a little depth seemed to enhance the sound further.
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Daniel Blinkforn captures eco-acoustic recordings with d:mension™ 5100

The lightweight and robust design of the company’s d:mension™ 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone proved invaluable for recording in extreme locations.
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The d:mension™ 5100 is an intelligently conceived and simple-to-use implementation of the direct-to-5.1 microphone, putting accurate localisation in the front where you need it, and a sense of spaciousness in the rear where it belongs. In the hands of an engineer with a good understanding of the limitations of the 5.1 system itself, the 5100 is capable of making very impressive recordings that do not rely on supporting visuals to sell the illusion.
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Developing the d:mension™ 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone

The demands for a mobile surround microphone are simple: portability, light-weight, robustness, ease-of-use, wind and water protection, quick set-up time without needing additional processing and the impressive and enveloping sound quality listeners expect.
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The difference between matched and selected microphones

Carefully-matched stereo pairs and surround sets are key to successful stereo or multi-channel recordings. DPA offers many of our high-end d:dicate™ Recording Microphones as matched pairs.
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