DPA 4018A Supercardioid Microphone


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The DPA 4018A Compact Supercardioid Microphone is designed for a broad range of music recording, broadcast and film long-distance miking applications. It can be used for booming, dialogue, interview and spot-recording use.

The 4018 designed for a broad range of recording, broadcast and film applications. The supercardioid shape is frequency independent, securing an identical sound color around the microphone. The usual rear lobe heard on most supercardioids is minimized on this capsule. This makes it much more isolated without sudden frequency dependent peaks and dips.

A bit about supercardioids
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  (and hypercardioids even narrower) – making them even more focused than a “normal” cardioid mic. The off-axis sound will normally 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.

DPA 4018A Compact Supercardioid Microphone Features

  • Low noise and high sensitivity
  • Highly directional for high isolation
  • Most controlled supercardioid shape
  • Uniform, frequency independent directionality
  • Modular flexibility

DPA 4018A Compact Supercardioid Microphone Specifications

  • Directional pattern:  Supercardioid
  • Principle of operation:  Pressure gradient
  • Cartridge type:  Pre-polarized condenser
  • Frequency response:  20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Effective frequency range, ±2 dB, at 30 cm (11.8 in):  40 Hz - 18 kHz
  • Sensitivity, nominal, ±2 dB at 1 kHz:  12 mV/Pa; -38.4 dB re. 1 V/Pa
  • Dynamic range:  Typ. 121 dB
  • Max. SPL, THD 10%:  156 dB SPL peak
  • Rated output impedance:  100 Ω
  • Minimum load impedance:  2 kΩ
  • Cable drive capability:  100 m (328 ft)
  • Power supply (for full performance):  P48 (Phantom Power)
  • Current consumption:  2.8 mA
  • Connector:  XLR-3M. Pin 1: shield, Pin 2: signal + phase, Pin 3: - phase
  • Color:  Matte black
  • Weight:  58 g (2 oz)
  • Microphone diameter:  19 mm (0.75 in)
  • Capsule diameter:  19 mm (0.75 in)
  • Microphone length:  170 mm (6.7 in)

DPA 4018A Compact Supercardioid Microphone Includes

  • DPA 4018A Compact Supercardioid Microphone
  • Microphone Clip
  • Windscreen
  • Zipped Case
  • Manufacturer Warranty

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