First things first…
The name. As most of you will (or should) know, DPA Microphones (Danish Professional Audio Microphones) were once known to one and all as B+K. Why the name change? The story I was told is that B+K was bought by a large conglomerate which wanted the company for its superb test equipment, the mainstay of the business. The microphone technicians managed to buy back the microphone division on condition that they changed the brand name – hence DPA. Other than the name, though, the core range remains as it always was – beautifully made, with a stunning specification and sound.
Theoretically, the smaller the microphone diaphragm, the more accurate the sound. In music recording, accuracy is not necessarily the most important factor. Indeed, many classic large diaphragm mics are increasingly sought after precisely because they are coloured. The pronounced bottom end of a Neumann U47 or the pronounced mid range sparkle of an original C12 gives vocals the ability to sit in the track with a rare definition.
For much instrumental work, however, the accuracy and reality of DPA mics makes them the preferred tool for serious engineers. Anyone who has slung a pair of 4011’s in front of an acoustic guitar and positioned 4006’s above a string quartet will know how real and satisfying these mics sound.
If you don’t know them, check them out. Not cheap, but if your music matters, they’re worth every penny of the price tag.
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