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DPA To Debut Cardioid Headband Microphone at AES 2004The 4088 is ideal for live performances requiring high stage volumes (August 24, 2004)
DPA now has the best-sounding, directional, head-worn microphone available on the market. The 4088 was developed in response to demand from customers who perceived a gap in the market for a high-quality, extremely discrete cardioid headband microphone. Open, clear, natural and reliable are adjectives most often used to describe this microphone. Sound engineers now experience a head worn mic that does not need an EQ mark-up just to sound tolerable. The high quality of the microphone ensures that you will hear only the sound of the voice right away - not the microphone or background noise.
"The 4088 has incredible accuracy in a package smaller than what many companies call sub-miniature," says Bruce Myers, president of DPA Microphones Inc., "and it is so comfortable and light-weight, you'll forget you're wearing it."
The capsule is a pre-polarized first order pressure gradient transducer, hidden in a small and lightweight housing with dimensions just slightly larger than our omni capsules. The low frequency response is designed for optimal linearity at 1 to 1.5 inches distance from the sound source. The result is a bass roll-off that will be relatively prominent at a small distance (in practice no response under 1kHz at only 20 inches). This is paramount when it comes to rejection of background noise and the fight for avoiding feedback. The 4088 offers a tremendous amount of gain before feedback without losing its clarity and definition.
The mechanical design is based on the proven build quality of the 4066 headband microphone. The headband mount is exactly the same; the boom however is 3 centimeters longer, to be able to match the need for placement at the corner of the mouth. To avoid "popping", the element should not be put directly in front of the mouth. The sound timbre and sound pressure level is as good at the side of the mouth as it is in the front. The flexibility and stability of this construction is unique and has no equal.
DPA's miniature microphone range has enjoyed a dominant position in live theatre, musical productions, places of worship and corporate events since the mid 1990s. In common with all DPA products, the miniature range has a reputation for a uniquely natural and open sound, especially suited for voice and traditional acoustic instruments.
About DPA Microphones
DPA Microphones, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of DPA Microphone A/S-a leading manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments.
For more information visit www.dpamicrophones.com.
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