Feedback from customers who have tested the new microphones has been unequivocally positive.
“The 6061 is the best miniature mic capsule DPA has ever made,” says Sound Designer Dan Samson, while Sound Designer Gareth Fry adds: “Not only does the sound of the 6000 series make me happy, but it’s smaller size means that the performers who are wearing them are happier, too.”
Sound Designer and long-term d:screet 4060 user Richard Brooker thought that switching to DPA’s new CORE by DPA amplifier technology was an unbelieveable step up in sound quality, but he now believes the 6061 series is even better – and smaller.
”I find it remarkable that we can achieve studio quality sound from a microphone that small,” he says. ”For me, it is the best miniature capsule DPA have ever made.”
Sound designer Gareth Owen is equally impressed, saying: “About once a week someone asks me when actors are going to have microphones surgically implanted in to their skulls. It was funny, for a while... The 6061 isn’t a surgically implanted bone-transducer microphone, cold-grafted to the temple, but at half the size of a 4061 and with the same great audio quality, it’s getting close.”
In terms of technical specifications, all three 6000 series capsules are omnidirectional and have a frequency range of 20 Hz - 20 kHz. The d:screet 6060 lavalier has a noise floor of only 24 dB(A), while the d:screet 6061 lavalier and d:fine 6066 headset have noise floors of only 26 dB(A). This is similar to the company’s existing 4000 series miniature mics. All three capsules are available in black and beige and more colours will be added at a later stage.
6066 also benefits from a completely redesigned lightweight, one size fits all headset that attaches over the ears for maximum comfort and has a spring mechanism to help it grip below the ears and to the side of the head for added security. With a fully adjustable boom, this new headset is very easy to fit and also has a redesigned cable attachment that allows the cable to run down the wearer’s back, so it can’t be seen.
“Our new headset is a major step forward because it is much more secure and comfortable than previous versions,” Moerch explains. “We gave our designers carte blanche to come up with something new and they have developed a product that exceeds everyone’s expectations. We are sure this new headset will be the preferred headset mic when people try it see it and hear it.”
DPA’s new Subminiature Microphones will be officially available in November.