4018 Supercardioid Microphone

Configure your microphone

    Product ID
      MSRP excl. local VAT
      Save to wish list Saved to wish list

      Highly-directional supercardioid pattern

      • Low noise and high sensitivity
      • Highly directional for high isolation
      • Most controlled supercardioid shape
      • Uniform, frequency independent directionality
      • Modular flexibility
      Designed for a broad range of long-distance broadcast, ENG and film miking applications, such as booming, dialogue, interview and table or podium use, the 4018 Supercardioid Microphone offers superb flexibility through modular accessories.

      This microphone is part of our flexible pencil mic series. It has a highly-directional supercardioid pickup pattern with a smooth and uniform off-axis frequency response.

      The supercardioid shape is frequency independent, securing an identical sound color around the microphone. The usual rear lobe heard on most supercardioids is minimized on this capsule. This makes it much more isolated without sudden frequency dependent peaks and dips.

      Combine it with the preamp of your choice

      At any time, and with no tools needed, it is possible to transform the MMC4018 Supercardioid Microphone Capsule into a new configuration.

      The MMP-A Microphone Preamp is an ultra-transparent, transformerless preamp with active drive for impedance balancing. The MMP-C Compact Microphone Preamp is an ultra-compact preamp with active drive for impedance balancing. It has a slightly softer character than the other preamps in the series.

      Other preamps include the very small form factor types MMP-E Modular Active Cable (XLR output) and MMP-GR/GS Preamp with Modular Active MicroDot Cable for Pencil Microphone, 3 m (9.8 ft) (MMP-GR, MMPMMP-G Modular Active Cable (MicroDot output), allowing for very slim set-ups. The MMP-G even allows you to match a larger microphone directly to a wireless transmitter. The MMP-G, together with the GSM4000 Gooseneck Shock Mount, can be used for anything from very lightweight booming applications to very high-end instrument miking using the 4099 series of instrument mounting options.

      4018A Supercardioid Microphone

      The 4018A Supercardioid Microphone is designed for a broad range of music recording and broadcast / ENG / film long-distance miking applications. It can be used for booming, dialogue, interview and table or spot-recording use.

      4018C Compact Supercardioid Microphone

      Similar to the 4018A, but with an even shorter length of only 6.4 cm (2.5 in), the 4018C Compact Supercardioid Microphone has a highly-directional supercardioid pickup pattern with a smooth and uniform off-axis frequency response. This is a great-sounding mic with a very small footprint. It is ideal for use as spot or hanging mic for orchestra recording situations.

      4018ER/ES Supercardioid Microphone

      Ideal for unobtrusive or distant miking applications such as desktop or hanging use, the 4018ER/ES Supercardioid Microphone is an ultra-compact supercardioid microphone.

      With a length of only 35 mm (1.38 in), the low-key appearance of the mic is as unique as its highly-directional supercardioid pickup pattern with a smooth and uniform off-axis frequency response.

      The 4018ER/ES Supercardioid Microphone combines the MMC4018 Supercardioid Microphone Capsule with the MMP-ER/ES Modular Active Cable, XLR, an integrated cable solution with either side (4018ES) or rear (4018ER) cable entry. It is designed for a broad range of music recording and broadcast / ENG / film long-distance miking applications. It is ideal for use as spot or hanging mic for orchestra recording situations when used with the SM4000-C Suspension Mount, which is included in the package. This allows the 4018E to be hung from the ceiling and create precision spot miking of orchestra sections or ambience atmosphere.

      A bit about supercardioids

      A supercardioid microphone is similar to a cardioid – it is most sensitive to sound coming in at the front and is least sensitive at the back. Supercardioid mics tend to have a much narrower angle of sensitivity  (and hypercardioids even narrower) – making them even more focused than a “normal” cardioid mic. The off-axis sound will normally be more or less colored and damped – and, due to the narrow angle of focus, the area of damped sound is increased significantly. The unique DPA capsule technique however skips the colorization of the sound coming from the sides or the rear of the mic and just reduces the sensitivity to these angles and thereby offers perfect sound stages. The amount of damping depends on the exact specifications of the mic.

      Due to their nature, supercardioid mics are often used on the live stage – both during concerts as well as spoken-word events, to capture the focused sound of an instrument or voice. The narrow angle of sensitivity helps to minimize the bleed from other sounds on a busy stage. One thing to note with supercardioid mics is the proximity effect, which causes an increase in bass response the closer the microphone is moved to the sound source. In addition, supercardioid mics are far more sensitive to wind, pop and handling noises than omni mics, so be sure to take precautions to guard against this.

      Explore specs

      A pre-polarized condenser with a supercardioid pattern and a dynamic range of 121 dB.
      Explore specs
      An added benefit of the 4018 is its size. It’s so small – even with the MMP-B mounted – that you can place it without disturbing the view of an instrument, for example to pick up the sound from above a grand piano. More importantly, it doesn’t pick up sounds from behind it at all. Needless to say, colouration is a non-issue.
      Read the full review on Video Producer
      map-pin map-pin-shadow

      Where do I buy?

      Are you ready to buy a 4018 Supercardoid Microphone? Find the store closest to you.
      Locate store

      Alternative microphones


      4011 Cardoid Mic

      This condenser microphone is renowned in recording studios and live applications around the world as an exceptional mic. State-of-the-art components have been carefully selected to provide optimal neutrality, accuracy and extremely low distortion.


      Read more about the 4011 Cardoid Mic

      4098 Supercardioid Gooseneck Mic

      This mic combines controlled directionality with rejection of background noise. These microphones are designed around our miniature mic capsules and interference tube technology.

      Read more about the 4098 Supercardioid Mic

      4099 Supercardioid Instrument Mic

      These award-winning mics give you a much more natural sound than any clip-on microphone or pickup. It rejects unwanted noise and features an enhanced shock mount design, providing excellent isolation from handling noise and rumble.

      Read more about the 4099 Supercardioid Mic

      Optional Accessories


      MMP-GR/GS Preamp with Modular Active MicroDot Cable for Pencil Microphone, 3 m (9.8 ft) (MMP-GR, MMP)

      The MMP-G Modular Active Cable is an ultra-transparent preamplifier. It can be combined with any modular capsule in the Pencil Recording Microphones Series.

      Read more

      Gooseneck Shock Mount for Pencil Microphone

      You can use it together with your choice of instrument clip from our extensive range, so you can easily attach the Gooseneck Mount to your specific instrument. 

      Read more

      Shock Mount for Pencil Microphone

      The UA0897 Shock Mount is designed for use in environments where vibration levels are unusually high. Its ultra-compact, robust design significantly reduces the amount of vibration that reaches the mic.

      Read more

      Premium Stereo Boom for Pencil Microphone

      The Stereo Boom is a precision-crafted microphone boom for secure mounting of microphone pairs for A-B stereo recordings.

      Read more

      Lightweight Stereo Boom for Pencil Microphone

      This lightweight stereo boom – with or without shock mounted microphone holders – addresses the need for quick, precise and repeatable ways to switch between AB, XY, ORTF and DIN stereo principles.

      Read more

      Foam Windscreen for Pencil Microphone, Ø19, Length 92 mm (3.6 in)

      Foam windscreens designed for microphones with Ø19 mm (0.75 in) housings. It is well suited for outdoor applications and for speech and singing at short distances with our selection of pencil microphones.

      Read more

      Foam Windscreen for Pencil Microphone, Ø19 mm, Length 56 mm (2.2 in)

      It is well suited for outdoor applications and for speech and singing at short distances. The windscreen is specially designed for compact mics, for example on floor stands.

      Read more

      Clip for Pencil Microphone

      The UA0639 Microphone Clip is based on a traditional design, but with additional modifications. These changes ensure a tighter and firmer grip on the microphone, while still enabling it to be secured and removed repeatedly with ease. 

      Read more

      Suspension Mount for Pencil Mics with MMP-C Preamp

      By wrapping the coil around the cable of the microphone preamp, the mount allows the microphone to be hung from the ceiling or the like and be oriented in any direction desired, just by bending the holder.

      Read more
      Accurate, very focused and capable of very high quality recordings. Couple that with a very flexible range of interchangeable mic capsules and mic preamps and you can understand why they have gained such a great reputation across a wide range of live and recorded applications.
      Read the full review on Audio Times

      Codemasters uses DPA for Dirt Rally audio

      Their ability to withstand the stresses of onboard car recording and deliver exceptional audio quality made them the perfect microphone choice.
      Read more

      10 important facts about acoustics for mic users

      If you want to get the best out of your microphones, it is a good idea to have some knowledge of acoustics. This article takes you through 10 of the most important terms and facts.
      Learn more


      Product IDs

      Each microphone come in a different variations, each with its own product ID and variant name. See the list of product IDs and names below.


      Be the first to hear about our new products, workshops, events, contests, offers and more.