d:dicate™ 2011, d:dicate™ 4011 and d:vote™ CORE 4099 under review by Making Music Magazine's Chuck Schiele.
"My first session was about acoustic guitars. I used several techniques. In the first application, I auditioned the DPA d:dicate™ 4011A Cardioid Microphone using a common technique—centering the mic about 15 inches from the lower bout—aimed a few inches below the bridge. I used the DPA preamp/interface combo in one case and then again with my Avalon. The result in both cases was exceptional in that the signal-to-noise ratio was super, super clean, very well-balanced warm, colorless resonance while expressing exceptional detail in the attack.
(...) Each of these DPA microphones stand tall on their own. Put them together and these two beauties provide a basis for magic."
After this full-blown d:dicate™
experience, Chuck Schiele moved on to test d:vote™
CORE 4099 on a wide range of instruments: "I took it for a spin on cello, violin, double-bass, acoustic guitar, drum toms, hi-hat, cymbals…. and just for the hell of it, my vocal out of curiosity. After the session, my very accomplished bass-player friend immediately bought one. I want one, too. This is a deadly accurate microphone that captures the instrument respectfully.
(...) With the cello player, the sound was so accurate the cellist asked me several times if it was coming through the speaker as I kept increasing the volume. In the studio it proved to be downright colorless, warm, balanced, expressive and tight." Please read the full review here...