Audiofile exclusively talks to René Moerch, Product Manager at DPA Microphones. He discusses the firms new d:screet CORE 6060, 6061 Subminiature Microphones which are exceptionally clear, consistent and durable.
Thanks so much for taking the time to speak to Audiofile. DPA Microphones delivers high-end equipment for audio professionals. Can you tell me some background about the firm and how it was established?
DPA Microphones draws on more than six decades of world-class microphone design experience. This history starts back in the 1950s, when our predecessor, Brüel & Kjær, developed the first, precisely accurate measurement microphones. They turned the most well-known and accurate measurement microphones in the world into the clearest, truest pro-audio microphones you can purchase today, namely the 4006, which is still one of the best-loved recording mics in the world. In 1992, two entrepreneurial spirits, Ole Brøsted Sørensen & Morten Støve, left Brüel & Kjær and built DPA Microphones on this fine heritage. The knowledge of developing miniature microphones came from former Muphone, a highly skilled hearing aid manufacturer, with whom DPA merged in 2005. Today, miniature-based microphones are by far our largest product group, with sound superiority and technical innovation at the heart of everything we do at DPA Microphones.
The firm recently presented its new d:screet CORE 6060, 6061 Subminiature Microphones and d:screet CORE 6066 Subminiature Headset at NAB. Can you tell me more about these products?
The 6060 CORE Subminiature Microphone is just 3 mm (0.12 in) in size but pack the audio power of our larger, award-winning DPA mics. They are exceptionally clear, consistent and durable – three qualities that really matter in many industries, such as theatre, film and broadcast. Our developers were able to achieve remarkable specs by shrinking our CORE by DPA technology down to fit into the 3 mm capsule. These subminiatures have a lower noise floor than any other 3 mm capsule on the market and they are better able to capture high sound pressure levels without distortion as well.
How important are trade shows to DPA Microphones?
We communicate more and more through digital media and it is a natural part of our search for information. That being said, face-to-face communication is still extremely valuable. Our goal, when we attend a trade show, is to meet people in person and demonstrate our products. We are dealing with the highest audio quality here. You can explain it all you want but really, hearing is believing. In fact, I cannot count how many times over the years that I have been standing by people at a trade show when they hear a DPA mic for the first time. So many times, they have turned to me and said that they had never realized that a microphone could make their voice sound the same as if you were standing right next to them as they sang.
DPA Microphones has scooped many awards for its products – most recently a Red Dot Award in the Product Design category for its d:fine™ CORE 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone. How does this product stand out from others currently in the market?
The 6066 CORE Subminiature Headset Microphone was designed directly based on user needs, including; amazing sound quality, easy to wear, sits securely in place. The innovative mechanical design lets users quickly modify the size, while wearing, to personalize the fit no matter the size or shape of their head. The boom attachment lets users easily adjust it for correct microphone placement. An innovative gripping system softly yet firmly clasps above, below and behind the ear and is a feature unseen on any other headset.
The headset is also visually appealing in its simplicity – clean lines and natural shape. Its discrete and elegant design ensures usability across a wide range of users. Although the advanced mechanical design is a work of art in itself, the basic premise of the headset is to be nearly invisible. It comes with one of the smallest, yet most powerful 3 mm mics on the market. What sets this headset apart is the convergence of the mechanical design, visual design and audio quality. It is a unique professional headset design on the market.
All of the CORE Subminiatures are IP58 certified. This durability is achieved through a number of defense mechanisms:
• Water-repellant nano-coating of the cover and housing
• Hermetic sealing of the sensitive amplifier at the core of the mic
• Dual gold plating of the diaphragm
Can you tell me about any products you are currently working on?
We have a number of projects running, but we typically do not comment on these in public. DPA has, in recent years, invested heavily in R&D and the number of released products per year has increased dramatically. This will continue going forward.
How does the firm continue to stay ahead of the competition?
To this day, sound superiority and technical innovation, which we learned from our predecessor Brüel & Kjær, is still at the heart of everything we do. We focus on skilled R&D, precision and innovation throughout the entire design and manufacturing process. Our mics should be designed well – that means in addition to capturing clear sound they should be durable enough to withstand daily use in challenging environments and deliver consistent sound, reliably. These are the needs that our users, across markets, demand. We deliver.
What does the future hold for the firm?
We deliver pro-audio microphones to a wide range of segments and that is what we will continue doing. When we develop a new technological platform – like CORE by DPA technology or 3 mm capsules, we determine which new microphones we have in the pipeline that can benefit using it but we also look back in our portfolio to see if the technology can improve what we have already created. We are always trying to make a better microphone so we continuously work on the edge of what is physically possible and we will continue to do so. We also want more people to experience great sound and to understand what makes it great, so we focus on sharing our knowledge through our Mic University so people can learn about audio principles, techniques and preferences.