"Ultimately the long and short of it is that the 4099 is a brilliantly versatile, accurate, and deployable mic. With the CORE edition DPA has taken a good thing and made it better." (Jimmy Den-Ouden, CX Media)
CX Media's reviewer, Jimmy Den-Ouden, was already familiar with the original d:vote™
4099 instrument microphone, so he decided to bring along the new CORE-version on a real-world gig to compare.
"Since it was a rainy day at my outdoor gig that day, perhaps one of the most appealing features to me in that instance was that the 4099 CORE version is IP58 rated. When you’re using a lot of high end mics outdoors there’s always a certain sense of apprehension which rolls in around the same time as the storm clouds. It’s nice to know that the gig will stop working well before the mic does.
(...) With thoughtful placement and good linear wedges it’s easy to achieve substantial gain before feedback on monitors using these mics with little or no filtering. Musicians generally appreciate being able to hear their instruments accurately on stage, so for them this is a huge win.
So far as FOH mixing goes, it’s wildly cool to be able to just push up the faders and have everything sounding pretty well right straight off the bat. With the combination of multi-track recording solutions being so easy to deploy and availability of high quality microphones, the opportunities for live content recording just keep increasing.
It’s an exciting time for the capture of great live music content.
(...) It’s probably worth mentioning that if you put a really accurate mic like a 4099 onto a bad sounding instrument, you’ll get a louder version of the bad sound. Fortunately though if you’re using premium mics chances are you’re probably dealing with a premium level act. Mostly these people have their instruments pretty well sorted, so “garbage in garbage out” isn’t much of a concern.
Ultimately the long and short of it is that the 4099 is a brilliantly versatile, accurate, and deployable mic. With the CORE edition DPA has taken a good thing and made it better."
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