The d:vote Core 4099 is perfect for instrument recording. It is elegant, lightweight, unobtrusive, and designed to attach gently and securely to the instrument with a variety of instrument-specific mounts (sold seperately). It's available in both Loud and Extreme SPL versions. The Loud version (tipped with red) is good for close-miking most instruments; the Extreme (tipped with yellow) offers a max SPL, peak of 152 dB before clipping for very loud instruments, such as drums and brass.
The Core version of the d:vote adds another layer of sound quality to the industry standard line of instrument microphones. The d:vote Core 4099 brings more clarity and details to music across the entire dynamic range. Core by DPA minimizes distortion, so from pianissimo to forte, you will experience increased clarity and openness.
It features an enhanced shock mount design, providing excellent isolation from handling noise and rumble.
The d:vote Core 4099 condenser microphone rejects unwanted noise and accurately captures the true voice of your acoustic instrument. The supercardioid polar pattern offers high rejection and superior gain-before-feedback. The d:vote 4099 also retains a uniform off-axis frequency response to ensure a high-energy, clear live performance.
A supercardioid microphone is similar to a cardioid – it is most sensitive to sound coming in at the front and is least sensitive at the back. Supercardioid mics tend to have a much narrower angle of sensitivity – making them even more focused than a “normal” cardioid mic. This off-axis sound will be more or less colored and damped – and, due to the narrow angle of focus, the area of damped sound is increased significantly. The unique DPA capsule technique however skips the colorization of the sound coming from the sides or the rear of the mic and just reduces the sensitivity to these angles and thereby offers perfect sound stages. The amount of damping depends on the exact specifications of the mic.
Due to their nature, supercardioid mics are often used on the live stage – both during concerts as well as spoken-word events, to capture the focused sound of an instrument or voice. The narrow angle of sensitivity helps to minimize the bleed from other sounds on a busy stage. One thing to note with supercardioid mics is the proximity effect, which causes an increase in bass response the closer the microphone is moved to the sound source. In addition, supercardioid mics are far more sensitive to wind, pop and handling noises than omni mics, so be sure to take precautions to guard against this.
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