The DPA 4006 Microphone has forged a reputation worldwide as an indispensable studio recording mic since it arrived on the scene in 1982. In its current form, DPA has brought the 4006 in line with DPA’s d:dicate™ modular microphone range and it is now called the DPA d:dicate™ 4006A Omni Recording Mic. Read on to learn how the d:dicate 4006A has changed over the 30-plus years of its life and what the latest version entails, and listen to a soundclip of a d:dicate 4006A stereo pair recording.
Here is a photograph of the DPA d:dicate™ 4006A Recording Microphone in its current form with modular preamp, capsule and grid:
DPA 4006 Timeline
The following timeline shows the development of the “4006” omnidirectional microphone from it’s initial release in 1982 to the current day:
Listen to a recording using the DPA d:dicate 4006A
The DPA d:dicate™ 4006A Omni Recording Microphone used in a stereo pair (A/B configuration) to record a passage from Danmark, nu blunder den lyse nat, composed by Oluf Ring, written by Thøger Larsen. Performed by Danish National Vocal Ensemble. Conducted by Michael Bojesen. The choir is positioned with mixed voices. Recorded by Mikkel Nymand and Preben Iwan, TimbreMusic, in DR Byen (Danish Broadcasting Corporation), Studio 2. Area 550 m2. Reverb time 1.7 sec.
Recorded with Digital Audio Denmark AX24 mic preamp & converter system at 88,2 kHz / 24 bit in Merging Pyramix DAW. No reverb, equalization, compression or other signal processing has been applied to the files.
AB stereo, spacing 42 cm (16.5 in) using the DPA UA0837 Stereo Boom. *best listened to with quality set as high as possible, minimum 480p*