Pianoteq Microphones – The DPA Microphones

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Here’s one of a number of brief guides and details about the microphones available in Pianoteq.

Last updated: 16-November-2018

Microphones in Pianoteq

Here is a picture showing the microphone types available in Pianoteq.

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The DPA Microphones

These are DPA models 4007, 4011, 4006, and 4041.

DPA 4007 is an omnidirectional pattern microphone.

Manufacturer’s description: The d:dicate™ 4007 Omni Mic, 12 mm is a true pressure omnidirectional transducer. It has an unbeatable dynamic range of 124 dB from the noise floor to 1% THD and is capable of handling up to 160 dB SPL peak before clipping occurs. Due to its total acoustical transparency and ultra-high SPL handling capability, this mic has gained a reputation as being the first choice for picking up drums, percussion, and brass instruments, whenever a natural and non-distorted result is paramount for recording applications.

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DPA 4011 is a cardioid pattern microphone.

Manufacturer’s description: The principal appeal of the d:dicate™ 4011 Cardioid Mic is its directional quality and attention to detail. This mic makes everything sound like the original. The first-order cardioid pickup pattern provides superb separation between sound sources. It is equally suitable for close-up work on acoustic guitar, grand piano, overheads, percussion, wind instruments, and vocals as it is for spot-miking symphonies. It can handle incredibly high sound pressure levels (SPLs). A flat on-axis frequency response and excellent phase response deliver a faithful reproduction of the original sound. The off-axis response is similarly smooth so that any leakage is an accurate reflection of the original, though attenuated according to the true first-order cardioid pickup pattern.

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DPA 4006 is an omnidirectional pattern microphone.

Manufacturer’s description: The d:dicate™ 4006 Omni Mic offers total transparency in any recording situation. It picks up incredible detail and depth of sound. The definition of its high-frequency characteristics across a wide range of instruments is impressive. It offers natural sound, high sensitivity, low noise-floor and linear frequency response from 10 to 20 kHz (±2 dB). This mic is linear and true in character. It has earned its status as a worldwide recording standard and is the most popular mic in our d:dicate™ Recording Microphone Series. This highly sought after mic has forged its enviable reputation over the past quarter of a century by repeatedly exhibiting its total transparency in any recording situation.

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DPA 4041 is an omnidirectional pattern microphone.

Manufacturer’s description: This large diaphragm omnidirectional microphone capsule can be used with the Solid State Phantom Power. The diaphragm and housing are both made from stainless steel. This gives the capsule a unique immunity against ambient temperature variations. The precision-made back plate is placed in a quartz insulator for maximum electrical stability. The d:dicate™ 4041 Large Diaphragm Microphone has a frequency response from 10 Hz to 20 kHz with a 4-6 dB soft boost around 8 kHz. Furthermore, it has an extremely low self-noise of 8 dB(A). It also has enhanced SPL handling capability of up to 134 dB SPL before clipping occurs.

Usage

Fracture Sounds uses DPA microphones in recording their pianos as Kontakt instruments.

Recording Techniques

Sound on Sound has a good article about how to record a piano and this applies to Pianoteq also.