03/08/09

PERFORMING MUSICIAN REVIEWS d:vote™ 4099 INSTRUMENT MICROPHONES

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Carrying on their reputation for producing world-class microphones, DPA have introduced the d:vote™ 4099, their new supercardioid electret condenser with ingenious mounting system.
The d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones are wonderful additions to any appropriate acoustic instrumentalist or live sound engineer's arsenal of microphones. They are simple and easy to mount and demount, sound really good, are supremely fit for purpose, and set a new benchmark for high-quality, clip-on instrument microphones in live and recording environments. The shotgun microphone interference tube design is ingenious, the shockmount and windsock work extremely well, the mounting clips are pieces of superb engineering and the whole package just reeks of quality, right down to the protective case and soft wallet.

I can't think of any reason why a saxophonist, trumpeter, violinist, violist, fiddler, mandolinist, guitarist, banjoist, bouzouki or cittern player shouldn't have one of these in their gig bag – so I guess that there are a couple of 4099 microphones from this review that won't be going back to their distributor. If you're looking for a microphone to fit to a brasswind or acoustic stringed instrument, then you need to try a DPA at your local stockist. It's a superb answer to an age-old need.

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