2015 Wide Cardioid Microphone

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      Overhead mics for ambient pick up on the live stage

      The 2015 Compact Wide Cardioid Microphone is for ambient pick up of a drum kit or other instrument groups.

      • Durable, reinforced construction
      • Uniform wide cardioid directionality
      • Spacious sound due to a wide cardioid pick-up pattern
      • Natural and precise sound reproduction
      • Compact design for unobtrusive placement on stage

      In a live situation when a conventional cardioid pattern isn’t quite open enough, choose a pair of 2015 Compact Wide Cardioids. They work ideally as overheads to capture a balanced sound of the entire group of instruments, like a drum kit. 
      Also, when recording instrument groups with complex radiation patterns, the wide cardioid (also known as hemispheric, subcardioid or hypocardioid) design covers a greater sound angle and is an excellent choice.

      Durable, reinforced construction

      The 2015 is constructed to withstand rough handling on a hectic live stage. It has a thicker, more robust body construction of brass that is very durable and known for its corrosion resistance and tolerance against metal fatigue. In addition to the heavy-duty materials used, the surfaces of the mic handle and grille are treated with a protective black chrome finish, which ensures more graceful ageing.

      Uniform cardioid directionality

      The 2015 has a wide cardioid capsule with DPA’s famously flat off-axis response. Besides a high gain-before-feedback, this characteristic makes it easier for sound engineers to handle bleed from other instruments at close proximity. The 2015 picks up off-axis sounds in a very natural and attenuated way.  

      Spacious, wide cardioid pick-up pattern

      The 2015 can be positioned near the drum kit, closer than you would normally place overhead microphones, and still capture sound evenly across the entire drum kit. This closer position results in stronger signal from the drum kit and therefore less bleed from the stage.

      Natural and precise sound reproduction

      Like all other DPA microphones, the 2015 delivers pure, transparent sound quality.

      Compact design for unobtrusive placement on stage

      Although the 2015 can be purchased as a single mic, it really shines as a matched stereo pair, selected with +/- 1.5 dB sensitivity tolerance. The compact design of this stereo pair ensures an open, natural sound pick-up without blocking any of the exciting action on stage.



      Key applications

      • Overheads on drums
      • Grand piano, away or close to the strings
      • Horn groups
      • Vibraphones
      • Xylophones
      • Large marimbas
      • Other large instruments


      Explore specs

      Although the 2015 can be purchased as a single mic, it really shines as a stereo pair, selected with +/-1.5 dB sensitivity tolerance.
      "...who’d have guessed a ‘wide cardioid’ microphone would have delivered so much on a busy and noisy stage without producing undesirable side effects? These are a great asset for miking any stage, from rock to classical, and I would encourage you to check out the 2015 with an open mind!"
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      4015 Wide Cardioid Mic

      The 4015 Wide Cardioid Microphone is the perfect fill-in between an omnidirectional and a directional microphone. The off-axis characteristics of this mic are totally linear, a unique quality when it comes to authentic sound reproduction.

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      Included accessories


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      Optional accessories


      Lightweight Stereo Boom for Pencil Microphone

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