DPA 2012 Compact Microphone


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The DPA 2012 Compact Microphone is an all-around generalist cardiod pencil microphone that guarantees excellent results on any instrument on a live stage.

The DPA 2012 Compact Microphone is the best all-around, generalist mic that you can find to cover a wide range of close-miking needs on the live stage. It is a robust and reliable condenser mic, best for single instrument pickup. Its specifically powerful characteristics make it an extremely flexible mic that will shine on many instruments, particularly those in the high-frequency range.

Durable, reinforced construction
The 2012 is constructed to withstand rough handling on a hectic live stage. It has a thicker, more robust body construction of brass that is very durable and known for its corrosion resistance and tolerance against metal fatigue. In addition to the heavy-duty materials used, the surfaces of the mic handle and grille are treated with a protective black chrome finish, which ensures more graceful ageing.

Unmatched transient response
The 2012, is a professional condenser mic, making it the best choice for those instruments that produce high frequencies. It has a far better transient response than any dynamic microphone, which allows it to pick up the most delicate sound with tremendous accuracy.

Uniform cardioid directionality
The 2012 has a cardioid capsule with DPA’s famously flat off-axis response. Besides a high gain-before-feedback, this characteristic makes it easier for sound engineers to handle bleed from other instruments at close proximity. The 2012 picks up off-axis sounds in a very natural and attenuated way.  

Outstanding SPL handling
The 2012 can cope with both extremely high SPLs as well as capture very delicate sounds. With a max SPL, peak before clipping of 156 dB, the 2012, works well on many different instruments and can handle the loudest drums, guitars, horns and more.

Natural and precise sound reproduction
Like all other DPA microphones, the 2012 delivers pure, transparent sound quality.

DPA 2012 Compact Microphone Features

  • Durable, reinforced construction
  • Excellent transient response
  • Uniform cardioid directionality
  • Outstanding SPL handling
  • Natural and precise sound reproduction

DPA 2012 Compact Microphone Includes

  • DPA 2012 Compact Microphone
  • Microphone Holder
  • Windscreen
  • Microphone Pouch
  • Mnaufacturer Warranty

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The DPA 2012 Compact Microphone has a nice open dimension to it, with a very even and natural tone. Couple this with it's ease of handling high SPL sound sources, you can get the right placement (as close or far back as you want) on the snare drum, and have the perfect blank slate audio to sculp and add character. Though if you have a great sounding snare to begin with, simply getting the right positioning with this mic will get the job done without any further processing or help.

Ryan Ferris, Pro Audio Sales

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