DPA Microphones has announced the debut of the new 2012 cardioid and 2015 wide cardioid microphones in a compact form factor that are optimized for use with a variety of instruments and designed to withstand the rigors of touring.
“We are so pleased to share these new solutions for sound professionals in the music industry,” says Helga Volha Somava, product management director, DPA Microphones. “The 2012 cardioid and 2015 wide cardioid continue to build upon our other live microphone solutions, offering the same natural sound quality that people know, love and trust, with sonic and physical properties specifically designed to meet the needs of the live stage. Thanks to the superior SPL handling and excellent transient response, these microphones will serve as versatile and durable solutions for audio professionals everywhere.”
The 2012 cardioid is designed for accurate close miking on any stage setup for single instruments that include horns, percussion, acoustic and electric guitars, bass cabinets and more. It offers an extended frequency range and flat frequency response in a small-form factor, with a transient response that allows it to cope with high SPL.
Meanwhile, the 2015 wide cardioid performs optimally as a stereo pair on drum kits and instrument groups. It is designed to provide uniform, wide cardioid directionality and a linear frequency response in capturing the sound of horn groups, vibraphones, xylophones and other large instruments. When closely positioned, the mics work with large grand pianos and as overheads for drum kits.
Both are pre-polarized condenser mics, each with a specifically designed 17 mm (0.67-inch) capsule that is tailored for its intended application. They come in a zip pouch along with a microphone holder and windscreen. Additional accessories such as a stereo boom, gooseneck mount and corresponding shock mounts are also available.
Pricing for the 2012 cardioid begins at $849 USD, while a stereo pair of 2015 wide cardioids starts at $1,595 USD. Prices exclude local tax.