Clean and accurate sound

The area of microphones for instruments is extremely wide. Not only is there a wide range of instruments around the world, each with its own specific sonic expression. In addition, amplifing or recording live rock concerts, orchestras, studio work and many other settings often require very different miking solutions to ensure the best results.

Our instrument microphones


4099 Instrument Mic

The award-winning 4099 Series, gives you a much more natural sound than any  clip-on  microphone or pickup. This condenser microphone rejects unwanted noise and accurately captures the true voice of your acoustic instrument.

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2011 Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Mic

Acclaimed for its close-miking excellence and hi-SPL handling. Optimized for onstage use, it has been used on many stages as well as recording sessions. It exhibits a previously unheard blend of clarity, richness and dynamic range.

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4011 Cardioid Mic

When you want it to sound just like the original then this mic is for you. It offers unparalleled directional quality and attention to detail. This mic makes everything sounds like the original and provides superb separation between sound sources.

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4015 Wide Cardioid Mic

Sometimes a conventional cardioid pattern just isn’t quite open enough. The 4015 Wide Cardioid Microphone is the perfect fill-in between an omnidirectional and a directional microphone.

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Our instrument kits


4099 Touring Kit

Ready for on-the-road use for rental companies, musicians or theatres, the 4099 Touring Kit offers a wide selection of microphones and accessories selected for typical use in an acoustic music setting.

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Stereo Pairs

The Stereo Pairs contain the mathced pencil microphones, clips and windscreens and accessories. All kits are matched within either ±0.5 dB or ±1 dB depending on the kit. Available with either 4006, 2011, 2006, 4011 or 4015.

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4099 Instrument Microphone Series

The 4099 comes in two versions. The 4099 for High SPL instruments is perfect for use on a wide range of instruments – from the flute to the guitar, and everything in between. It may sound odd that a guitar should be categorized as a loud instrument but this is due to the close distance between the sound source and the instrument. The closer you get to an instrument, the higher SPL’s the mic must be able to withstand and still pick up the sound without a hint of colorization or distortion.

DPA mics don’t have off-axis coloration, so if you put a d:vote™ 4099 on a snare drum and on toms, your bleed is not ‘bad’, it’s just bleed. The way your snare sounds from the direct mic is the same tone you get from the bleed of the snare in the rack tom mic. Essentially it’s the same color from every angle. So instead of using a plug-in to get rid of bleed and put a bandage on the process, if you use DPA, in my opinion you shouldn’t have a bleed problem."
– Eric Loomis, house engineer for Ivy Hall Studio
With a max SPL, peak before clipping of 152 dB, the 4099 for Extreme Loud-SPL instruments was designed for use on drums, percussion instruments and other extremely loud instruments, like the trumpet and saxophone. Both versions have a supercardioid polar pattern for high rejection and superior gain-before-feedback. The mic also retains a uniform off-axis frequency response to ensure a high-energy, clear live performance.

The 4099 Instrument Microphones are also rugged. The versatile gooseneck provides stable and repeatable positioning. The flexible design supports a wide variety of mounting and positioning possibilities and a wide selection of ingenious mounting options offered. The ingenious series of mounting options covers almost all instruments available and the mic itself can attach to each of these mounting solutions.

4099 Stereo Kits are also available; typically used on the piano and accordion. The mics for these kits are selected for a better match.

Miniature Microphones for instruments

DPA's Miniature Microphone Series is an ideal instrument close-miking solution, which offers a very clean, detailed and natural sound quality. Microphone placement is up to the user, in order to receive the desired timbre for studio use or amplification for live use.

Miniature Microphones offers a very clean, detailed and natural sound quality. Microphone placement is up to the user, in order to receive the desired timbre for studio use or amplification for live use. Combine the high SPL 4061 Omnidirectional Microphone with a Gooseneck Mount if you are after a very unobtrusive microphone with a big sound. The mics have a linear response, low distortion and an extremely large dynamic range, perfect for capturing the unique resonances of any instrument.

There are two stereo kits available within this series. In these kits, the two microphones are selected for a better match.

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Recording Microphones for instruments

The wide and versatile Recording Microphone Series is legendary in the high-end recording industry and can also make your instrument shine on the live stage. Delivering clean, accurate sound, the mics in this series are used by professionals, who understand sound and insist on only using the best.

The 2011C Microphone is amazing - the best snare mic ever, even for loud bands - while the 2011A on the kick drum is great because of its natural sound. Having DPA for the whole percussion set and the vocals helps with the legendary spill because it is no longer a problem leaving some channels open.”

–  Olivier (Gégé’) Gérard, front of house engineer for Simple Minds' Acoustic Live tour

When used together with the Gooseneck Shock Mount and a MMP-G Modular Active Cable Preamplifier with MicroDot, any modular recording microphone capsule turns into a fantastic wireless, onstage instrument microphone. You’ve never heard a wireless stage performance like this before!

For those who choose not to go wireless, using the Gooseneck Shock Mount with the MMPG Modular Active Cable Preamplifier with an XLR connector is the best choice. The GSM4000 Gooseneck Shock Mount with a built-in shock mount allows you to use these prestigious 19 mm capsules mounted on any instrument via the ingenious mounting system from the 4009 Instrument Microphone Series.

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