MICROPHONES FOR LIVE APPLICATIONS

The power of live!

When it’s your reputation on the line, choose mics that will provide the most consistently honest sound. DPA Microphones offers a wide range of specially-designed products for your close-miking or ambience-miking needs. 

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Vocal mics for live

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2028 Vocal Mic

The 2028 Vocal Microphone is designed for the unique challenges of live stage performances. It is a flexible handheld vocal mic, which provides transparent, fantastic vocals. Use it wired or together with your favorite wireless system, either way, just plug it in and hear the vocals shine like never before.

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d:facto™

4018 Vocal Mic

The d:facto™ Vocal Mic brings true studio sound to the live stage. These mics are available in an extremely linear version as well as in a version with a high-end boost. You can use the d:facto™ 4018 with a handle or choose to use your favorite wireless system.

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Clip-on mics for live

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4099 Instrument Mic

The award-winning 4099 Instrument Microphone 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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Pencil mics for live

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2011 Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Mic

Two opposite-facing miniature cardioid capsules placed into a double-diaphragm, one-capsule composition. With its large diaphragm sound combined with the benefits of a miniature size, this mic solution provides you with extreme sound quality in a smaller package.

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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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4018 Supercardioid Mic

Ideal for long-distance broadcast, ENG and film miking applications, such as booming, dialogue, interview and table or podium use. This mic offers superb flexibility through modular accessories.

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Microphone kits

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Stereo Kits

We have collected our award-winningrecording microphones in specialized stereo kits that contain the mics and accessories you need to capture fantastic sound no matter what your need.

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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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Mic Kits

These kits give you exactly what you need so that you can easily use our miniature mics on your specific assignment. They contain a range of relevant accessories, nestled in a handy box so you can easily keep track of things. We have kits for use in film production, instrument close miking, ENG/EFP applications and stereo miking.

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Close miking instruments

No matter what you choose, you can be certain that there are no other mics that will deliver a live experience as powerful to your audience.

When it comes to miking your instrument for performance on the stage, DPA Microphones gives you a huge range of choice.


4099 Instrument Microphones

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



Known for their discreet size and elegance, these mics come in two variants, both of which feature a lightweight design. Yet, 4099s 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.

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Miniatures for instruments

Our miniature mic 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.


DPA's miniatures 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 lo-sens 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.

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Recording microphones for instruments

Our wide and versatile range of 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. When used together with the Gooseneck Shock Mount and a MMP-G Modular Active Cable Preamplifier with MicroDot, any recording mic 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 MMP-E Modular Active Cable Preamplifier with an XLR connector is the best choice. 

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Microphones for miking vocals

d:facto™ Vocal Microphone are engineered especially for vocal performances onstage. These mics capture electrifying stage acts and accurately replicates a singer's voice transparently, consistently and thrillingly. The mic is optimized for use in sound reinforcement as well as recording applications. It offers natural sound, high separation from nearby sound sources and SPL handling up to 160 dB. There are two variants of the d:facto™ Vocal Microphones.


The d:facto™ Vocal Microphone is engineered especially for vocal performances, accurately replicating a singer's voice transparently, consistently and thrillingly. The mic has a high-end boost and is optimized for use in sound reinforcement as well as recording applications. It offers natural sound, high separation from distant sound sources and SPL handling up to 160 dB. 



The d:facto™ Linear Vocal Microphone is engineered specifically for audio engineers who prefer setting their own unique impression on the final sound. Just like the d:facto™ Vocal Microphone, it captures electrifying performances and accurately replicates a singer's voice transparently, consistently and thrillingly. The only difference is the removal of the high-end boost. 

Features of the d:facto™ Vocal Mic
 
  • Extraordinarily natural sound
  • Perfectly uniform supercardioid directionality
  • High separation
  • Extreme SPL handling: 160 dB
  • Low handling noise
  • Flexible adapter system fits most professional wireless systems

The 2028 Vocal Microphone is designed for the unique challenges of live stage performances. It is a flexible handheld vocal mic, which provides transparent, fantastic vocals to performers from a wide range of markets including live, HoW, broadcast, etc. Use it wired or together with your favorite wireless system, either way, just plug it in and hear the vocals shine like never before.



On a live stage, the 2028 will deliver the same open and transparent sound that other DPA microphones deliver. In fact, it needs no (or very little) EQ to sound just like you are standing next to the singer listening to their performance. This allows the singer to use their voice just as if no mic was present, which puts less strain on them. In addition, it allows sound engineers to spend their time shaping the sound experience rather than covering up due to artifacts. This amazing transparency is unique for DPA vocal mics.

We have designed a brand new capsule for the 2028, which is an integral part of the mic. It is fixed in its position on top of the shock mount and can’t be dismounted. The newly-designed shock mount and pop filter have been developed specifically for the 2028.

Features of the 2028 Vocal Mic
 
  • Renowned DPA sound
  • Natural vocals – from folk to metal
  • Reduces feedback issues
  • Rugged enough for the live stage
  • Uniform supercardioid directionality
  • Extreme SPL handling
  • Available for wired or wireless systems

Microphone placement - tips and tricks

Choosing the correct microphone and using it correctly is important to getting the best sound both for vocals and instruments. Correct microphone placement depends on the sound you want to hear. With years of experience, DPA Microphones has loads of information about the best way to get the most out of your sound.


Mounting a mic on your instrument

DPA microphones can make any type of instrument sound even better. It’s just a matter of picking the best mic for the job and, most importantly, placing it correctly. For more information on how to mount your microphone so that you get the best sound possible, take a look at our “how to mic” guides in our Mic University section of the website. 
 
How to mic an acoustic guitar
How to mic a cello
How to mic a double bass
How to mic a drum kit
How to mic a saxophone
How to mic a violin

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Proper hand placement on a vocal mic

A handheld microphone is a microphone like all others. However, how you hold the microphone affects the sound. Some use this to their advantage; others don't realize this is the case. This article explains how your sound may change depending on how you hold the microphone.
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Ten points on close miking for live performances

Close-miking is the term we use when we place a microphone close to the sound source, for instance, a musical instrument.
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Miking vocals with a handheld mic

Choosing the correct microphone and using it correctly is important to getting the best sound. Yet, when choosing a microphone for a vocal performance, audio technicians have a tendency to simply do exactly what they have seen on stages for years.

Ask a child to draw a microphone and it will most likely be the legendary ice cream cone shape, well established by brands such as Shure. This is apparently what a vocal microphone should look like.
Why is this so? 
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How to mount the 4099 Instrument Microphone

A visual guide to mounting the 4099 Instrument Microphone on various instruments.
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