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www.inbroadcast.com | IBC2015 InShow Guide | 11-15 September

DPA Microphones Launches
Two Broadcast Products
DPA Microphones has launched two new products for the broadcast sector...

D

PA Microphones is renowned for
making high quality products,
particularly for the live stage, but
this year the company has pushed
the boundaries even further with the
launch of two new microphones aimed
squarely at the broadcast market.
The first of these, the d:facto
Interview Microphone, builds on the
success of the company's d:facto range
that was launched in 2012. Targeted at
stage voice applications, the original
d:facto Vocal Microphone has won
numerous awards and is now a firm
favourite with artists such as Stevie
Wonder, Sting, Ellie Goulding and
Paloma Faith who love its ability to
deliver an extremely natural sound.
The microphone has also proved
popular with top FOH engineers who
appreciate how much easier it makes
their workload thanks to its clarity,
superior gain before feedback and
extreme SPL handling.
Key to the success of the d:facto
Vocal Microphone is the modular
nature of its design. The same
microphone head can be employed
for both wired and wireless use, which
means performers are free to choose
the configuration that best suits their
needs. They can also choose their
preferred wireless system because
DPA's state-of-the-art adapters allow
d:facto to integrate seamlessly with
brands such as Sony, Lectrosonics,
Line6, Shure, Wisycom and Sennheiser.
Quality Interviews
With such a versatile and flexible
product in its arsenal, DPA soon
realised that d:facto could be equally
useful to broadcasters. As every
television reporter knows, recording

broadcast quality interviews in
noisy places or in adverse weather
conditions can be a real challenge,
especially when wind and other
external sound sources are doing their
best to drown out the interviewee's
voice.
"We realised this was an issue and
saw a gap in the market for a high
quality interview microphone aimed
at presenters and reporters who
wanted voice clarity, linearity and
low noise characteristics," says DPA
Product Specialist Mikkel Nymand.
"Broadcasters were already familiar
with our original d:facto Vocal
Microphone because it has been
used on numerous television singing
competitions and talent shows where
sound level handling and clarity
of voice is paramount. Therefore,
introducing a d:facto that could deliver
equally great results to journalists
and field presenters was a very
straightforward next step."
DPA's d:facto Interview Microphone
is a handheld microphone that
features the company's new d:facto
2006V omnidirectional capsule, a
specially adapted version of its popular
2006 capsule that has been adjusted
to suit typical interview microphone
levels, and to fit input sensitivity of
third party wireless handles. The
d:facto Interview Microphone offers
extremely low handling and wind noise
that is far superior to other solutions
on the market, making it suited to
outdoor interview settings.
"We have altered the capsule's
sensitivity so that it is 12 dB less
than its basis," Nymand adds. "This,
plus the fact that the capsule is
omnidirectional, makes it more
suited to broadcast
interview situations
where
freedom
of use is more
important
than
pointing precision.
We have also lowered
handling noise by
incorporating
a
rubber suspension
mount, which is
built into the d:facto
handle and adapter.

DPA's Mikkel Nymand demos the d:facto Interview
Microphone's low noise characteristics

d:facto Interview Microphone
with adapter

Finally, the d:facto Interview has the
lowest mic generated wind noise of
any interview mics on the market,
straight out of the box, with no
additional foam or fur needed."
Broadcast Headset
DPA's second new product for the
broadcast market is the d:fine In-Ear
Broadcast Headset Microphone,
which is targeted at broadcast hosts
and guests who use In-Ear monitors
to communicate with their producers
backstage, or to hear foldback from
people interviewed outside the studio.
This versatile addition to the awardwinning d:fine range combines the
exceptional sound quality of a DPA
microphone with a state-of-the-art InEar monitoring solution. When paired
with the d:facto Interview Microphone
it offers broadcasters formidable
functionality by allowing show hosts to
conduct guest interviews and audience
commentary, while maintaining a
connection to backstage producers or
off-site colleagues via the d:fine in-ear
monitor and mic.
"By integrating a monitoring
component into our d:fine headset
design, we have succeeded in
combining two parallel systems and
creating an easy to use solution that
eliminates the need for separate in-ear
monitors and headset microphones,"
says Nymand. "This solves the
irritating problem broadcast studio
hosts and guests currently face of
having two sets of components and
wires to deal with. It also offers
a solution that is simple to fit,
comfortable to wear and unobtrusive
for both the host and the viewer."
As with all DPA products, ease of use
and sound quality are key. With this
model, ear-pads in two different sizes
are included and care has been taken
to ensure there is no audio leakage

between the in-ear drivers and the
microphone capsule, which can be
either omnidirectional or directional.
The unit incorporates two cables
- microphone and in-ear - that
run parallel to give a tidy look. A
spring steel construction at the earhook offers quick mounting around
virtually any ear, while the cable to
the integrated In-Ear plug(s) can be
lengthened or shortened to suit the
user. Any excess cable can be wound
up around the plug or placed behind
the outer ear, while a cable steer at
the headset mount controls the cable
run down the neck. It is easy to adjust
headset mount size and by choosing
between left and right ear orientation,
it is even possible to give the broadcast
host a 'camera blind' side.
"Broadcast studios can be harsh
environments and therefore products
must be durable if they are to prove
their worth," Nymand adds. "With
DPA's d:fine Headset Microphones,
repairs no longer require taking a mic
out of commission because the range
is designed with detachable cables that
can be replaced immediately with a
spare."
DPA has incorporated a miniature
MicroDot
connector
for
the
microphone and a mini-jack for the
In-Ear. Adapters are available to fit
most professional wireless beltpacks
and several combinations are available
- from the easiest-to-fit Single-Ear
Mount, Single In-Ear construction to a
Dual-Ear Mount, Dual In-Ear option for
two-channel monitoring.

The d:fine In-Ear Broadcast Headset
Microphone is available in various combinations


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