d:facto™ 4018 Vocal Microphone

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      Excellent sonic reproduction

      • Extraordinarily natural sound
      • Perfectly uniform supercardioid directionality
      • High separation
      • Extreme SPL handling
      • Low handling noise
      • Sleek design
      • Flexible adapter system fits most professional wireless systems

      The d:facto™ series brings true studio sound to the live stage and broadcasting studio. These handheld condenser mics are available in an extremely linear version as well as in a version with a high-end boost. The modular nature of the d:facto™ series allows you to switch the capsule as well as the adapter, making it the most flexible vocal microphone available on the market.

      Engineered especially for vocal performances onstage, the d:facto™ holds a supercardioid capsule that is designed to reproduce every nuance of the human voice transparently, consistently and thrillingly. There are two versions available. The d:facto™ Linear Vocal Microphone (4018VL) is extremely linear. The d:facto™ Vocal Microphone (4018V) is linear but with a high-end boost. The 4018V  is often chosen because it  ‘cuts through’ on a broadcasting set, where the content typically ends up transmitted to built-in television speakers with limited audio quality.

      Besides the linearity / boost, these mics are identical. Both feature an isolation-optimized supercardioid polar pattern. This directional characteristic offers the best of two worlds –  from cardioid and supercardioid patterns. These handheld condenser mics can handle loud vocals with three-step pop-protection grid and best-in-class low handling noise. They also offer excellent sonic reproduction with all the detail and balanced linear phase and frequency response users have grown to trust for DPA Microphones.

      Handheld condenser mic optimized for live performance

      d:facto™ Vocal Microphones are the ultimate stage mics – no matter if the performance is taking place in a  cozy club or the largest concert hall.

      Like traditional supercardioid mics, the d:facto™ series enjoys high side- and rear rejection with a minimum of 9 dB attenuation to the sides. Yet it is not bound by the less desirable aspects of the supercardioid like the uncontrolled and nonlinear rear lobes, which can create feedback from stage wedges, because there is a sudden high frequency peak at the backside of the mic.

      The d:facto™ series has a wider acceptance angle at the front of the mic than most supercardioids. The acceptance angle is identical to a first-order cardioid at ±60 degrees off-center, resulting in the same work field as a cardioid — just with extremely high and uniform side and rear damping.

      Linear or with a high-end boost?

      When you choose your d:facto™ Vocal Microphone, you get to choose the microphone that best meets your need. An extremely linear version of the d:facto™ Vocal Microphone is engineered specifically for audio engineers who prefer setting their own unique impression on the final sound. A version with a pre-programmed high-end boost has a 3 dB soft boost at 12 kHz.

      Both versions of the d:facto™ are designed to capture electrifying live performances and accurately replicate a singer's voice transparently, consistently and thrillingly. These handheld condenser microphones are optimized for use in sound reinforcement as well as recording applications. They offer natural sound, high separation from nearby sound sources and SPL handling up to 160 dB.


      A bit about supercardioids

      A supercardioid microphone is similar to a cardioid – it is most sensitive to sound coming in at the front and is least sensitive at the back. Supercardioid mics tend to have a much narrower angle of sensitivity – making them even more focused than a “normal” cardioid mic. This off-axis sound will be more or less colored and damped – and, due to the narrow angle of focus, the area of damped sound is increased significantly. The unique DPA capsule technique however skips the colorization of the sound coming from the sides or the rear of the mic and just reduces the sensitivity to these angles and thereby offers perfect sound stages. The amount of damping depends on the exact specifications of the mic.

      Due to their nature, supercardioid mics are often used on the live stage – both during concerts as well as spoken-word events, to capture the focused sound of an instrument or voice. The narrow angle of sensitivity helps to minimize the bleed from other sounds on a busy stage. One thing to note with supercardioid mics is the proximity effect, which causes an increase in bass response the closer the microphone is moved to the sound source. Also, supercardioid mics are far more sensitive to wind, pop and handling noises than omni mics, so be sure to take precautions to guard against this.

      Wired or wireless? - you choose

      You can use the d:facto™ Vocal Microphone with a sleek, state-of-the-art d:facto™ Handle for a wired solution or choose to use a d:facto™ Capsule  together with your favorite wireless system. If you decide to go wireless, you can just switch to an adapter for wireless at a quarter of the cost of a new microphone. As circumstances change, you can just switch your adapter, instead of incurring the cost of a completely new microphone. When you make the switch, you won't hear any loss or change in sound quality.

      The d:facto™ Series of handheld condenser microphones works with leading wireless mic solutions, such as Sennheiser, Shure, Sony, Wisycom, Lectrosonics and Line6. DPA Microphones’ ingenious adapter system is one of a kind in the industry. It protects your investment in fantastic sound for years to come.

      See all our d:facto™ Adapters for wireless and find an adapter that fits your wireless system.

      If you prefer to run via a wired system, all of our mics are available with a state-of-the-art d:facto™ Handle, ending with an XLR adapter.
      They just sound great. The d:facto™ Vocal Microphone is genius. Even in a small club I can get it as loud as most dynamic mics without hideous feedback, but the sound quality and 'intelligibility' is still there. – Phil Jones, Front of House Engineer for Royal Blood
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      Linear or with a high-end boost? Both options have a 160 dB Max SPL before clipping and 120 dB worth of dynamic range.
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      The price is going to put a lot of people off, as this is an expensive microphone — but when I told the singer it cost seven times more than the microphone he was currently using, his response was that it sounded it!
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      Optional accessories


      Handle for d:facto™ Vocal Microphone

      The phantom-powered DPA handle has a sleek look and state-of-the-art electronic design.

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      SE2-ew Adapter for d:facto™ Vocal Microphone

      Allows for seamless integration with Sennheiser 2000/9000/6000/D1/Evolution wireless systems.

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      SE5 Adapter for d:facto™ Vocal Microphone

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      SL1 Adapter for d:facto™ Vocal Microphone

      Allows for seamless integration to Shure, Sony, Lectrosonics and Line6 wireless systems.

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      WI2 Adapter for d:facto™ Vocal Microphone

      Allows for seamless integration with Wisycom wireless systems

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      The modular nature of the 4018 Vocal Microphone allows you to switch both the capsule as well as the adapter.

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      Foam Windscreen for Vocal Microphone

      The windscreen provides excellent protection against wind and pop noises without attenuating the higher frequencies beyond the tolerance field of the microphone's frequency response.

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      The d:facto™ is a great mic, and if you have a compatible wireless system you’re getting an incredibly flexible piece of gear. It will take your wireless system to the next level, and if you are looking for a great mic to make your live gigs really shine—look no further.
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      Moving into a sanctuary with a central speaker cluster above and just in front of the stage, it was easy to achieve more than sufficient levels for spoken word or lead vocals without feedback, even in a particular location under the speakers where the angle of the ceiling often creates a feedback-prone zone. EQ was set flat for the test, and the sound engineer complimented the neutral, intelligible character of the audio response.
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