DPA 4015A

Wide Cardioid Condenser, Reference Standard series

Order Code: 4015A
Our Price: $1,999.00

Wide cardioid, perfect when you're not trying to zero in on a specific part of an instrument - especially grand piano or large ensemble ambient miking applications. If you've got a couple of minutes to delve deeper, check the blurb from DPA below:

- Low profile - wide pickup area
- Natural reproduction
- Directional ambience pickup
- Exceptional for vocal

Photo of DPA 4015A available from Factory Sound

The phantom powered DPA 4015A wide cardioid differs in its polar pattern and is the perfect fill-in between an omni and a more directional microphone. Sometimes a conventional cardioid pattern just isn't quite open enough, such as when recording instruments with complex radiation patterns. In those instances, the generous polar pattern of DPA Compact Wide Cardioids allow you to pick up a broader sound field and more accurately capture the full breadth of a stirring performance.

Recording orchestras or other ensembles sometimes requires a compromise between blending in the room reverberation and a more precise localisation. The wide cardioid (also known as hemispheric) design covers a greater sound angle and is an excellent choice for grand piano, guitar, marimba, and percussion, or as a spot mic for groups in a symphony orchestra. Likewise, it is an excellent speech, dubbing, or vocal mic as its enhanced richness on the bass end nicely compliments many voices.

The off-axis characteristics of the 4015A are totally linear, a unique quality when it comes to authentic sound reproduction. Any leakage that occurs from off-axis sound sources is still a faithful reproduction of these sounds, just softly attenuated.

DPA's wide cardioid microphones are capable of handling extremely high sound pressure levels before clipping occurs. The 4015A even includes a 20 dB pad switch in the center of the XLR connector to prevent overloading of the mic amp.

For a more compact version, choose 4015C. Other microphones in the Reference Standard series include 4006A (omni), 4011A (cardioid) and 4017B (shotgun, with filters).

Directional characteristics: Wide cardioid
Principle of operation: Pressure gradient
Cartridge type: Pre-polarized condenser
Frequency range: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Frequency range, ± 2 dB: 40 Hz to 20 kHz
Sensitivity, nominal ± 2 dB at 1 kHz: 10 mV/Pa; -40 dB re. 1 V/Pa
Equivalent noise level, A-weighted: Typ. 18 dB(A) re. 20 µPa (max. 20 dB)
Equivalent noise level, ITU-R BS.468-4: Typ. 25 dB (correct with the attenuator in 0 dB or -20 dB setting)
S/N ratio (A-weighted), re. 1 kHz at 1 Pa (94 dB SPL): Typ. 76 dB(A)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): < 1 % up to 139 dB SPL peak
Minimum load impedance: 2 kohm
Dynamic range: Typ. 121 dB
Max. SPL, peak before clipping: 159 dB
Filters: 0 dB / -20 dB
Output impedance: < 200 ohm
Cable drive capability: 100 m (328 ft)
Output balance principle: Impedance balancing with Active Drive
Common Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR): > 60 dB
Power supply (for full specifications): 48 V Phantom power (± 4 V)
Current consumption: 2.8 mA
Connector: XLR-3M. Pin 1: shield, Pin 2: signal + phase, Pin 3: - phase
Color: Matte black
Weight: 158 g
Microphone diameter: 19 mm
Capsule diameter: 19 mm
Length: 170 mm
Output voltage, RMS: > 5 V
Polarity: +V at Pin 2 for positive sound pressure
Temperature range: -40 °C to 45 °C
Relative Humidity (RH): Up to 90%
Matching tolerance: ± 1 dB
Phase deviation for kit: < 10°