Prolight + Sound: DPA to debut new d:facto addition

DPA Microphones is set to add to its d:facto range at Prolight + Sound 2016.

The new d:facto Linear Vocal Microphone will have an ‘extremely linear’ frequency response compared to the original d:facto Vocal Microphone, which has a 3 dB soft boost at 12 kHz. The new model is aimed at sound engineers who want the ability to design the complete sound pattern to create their own unique sound.

Featuring a new MMC4018VL capsule (pictured) with an isolation-optimised supercardioid polar pattern designed to augment the human vocal range, the d:facto Linear Vocal Microphone combines the very best of cardioid and supercardioid directional characteristics, DPA says. This ensures complete focus on the sound source with minimum bleed, thus delivering high separation, natural sound and SPL handling up to 160 dB.

“The d:facto Linear Vocal Microphone is ideal for PA amplification and recording,” said DPA’s vice president of marketing, Anne Berggrein. “We are happy to add another great capsule to the d:facto range that will give ambitious sound engineers even more possibilities to achieve the best sound.”

The capsule can be removed and replaced with any other d:facto capsule to suit different recording or performance requirements. Also, using DPA’s flexible adapter system, the microphone can be transformed from a wired version with a handle to a handheld wireless microphone capable of seamless integration with wireless solutions from brands such as Sennheiser, Shure, Sony, Wisycom, Lectrosonics and Line 6.

DPA will also use Prolight + Sound to unveil the GM1600 Gooseneck, a new mount for its d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones. Available separately or as two different kits with a d:screet, the GM1600 Gooseneck is compatible with DPA’s entire range of instrument mounting clips.

When used with the d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Lo-Sens microphone, this 15.3 cm-long gooseneck provides stable and repeatable positioning for close miking instruments in studio and live environments, according to the manufacturer. When used with the d:screet 4060 Omnidirectional Hi-Sens microphone – designed for softer sound levels or for picking up ambient sound – it is ideal as a plant mic in a concealed application for film sound recordists who want clean, detailed and natural sound, even when the mic is not pointing directly at the source.

The DPA booth (Hall 4.1, Stand C11) will also feature workshops with live performances by the American indie-folk band SHEL, who will assist DPA in demonstrating various microphones on a range of instruments and vocals. There will also be displays that highlight all the accessories and adapters available to each microphone range and listening stations. Visitors can also bring along their own instruments to DPA’s open workshops so that they can learn how best to mike them with DPA Microphones.

Finally, DPA will once again be running a daily competition for visitors to win a d:vote Instrument Microphone. Participants must register for each draw via iPad on the booth and must be on the booth at 18.30 when the draw takes place in order to claim their prize if their name comes up.