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DPA d:dicate™ 2011A Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Microphone

The d:dicate™ 2011A Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Microphone is acclaimed for its close-miking excellence and hi-SPL handling.

The d:dicate™ 2011A Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Microphone is part of the flexible d:dicate™ Microphones Series. It combines the MMC2011 Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Capsule with the MMP-A preamplifier. This combination is for the true audiophile. It offers low distortion and totally accurate and faithful sound.

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The d:dicate™ 2011A‘s cardioid polar pattern makes it great for live recordings too, and as well as in studio it is often used on stage. It exhibits a previously unheard blend of clarity, richness and dynamic range and its capsule (either with ‘C’ or ‘A’ pre) is fast becoming a standard snare, kick drum and overhead miking stalwart.

The off-axis response is linear but in a smaller frequency bandwidth. This makes stage separation and gain-to-feedback higher. The mic level is easier to control.

The 2011 microphone capsule:

Inside this capsule, two opposite-facing miniature capsules are custom rebuilt. They are assembled into one double-diaphragm, single-backplate composition. This combines the advantages of small capsules with the lower inherent noise achieved from a larger diaphragm area. These capsules provide fast impulse response and large frequency bandwidth.

The capsules benefit from the supreme quality of DPA’s d:dicate™ Microphone series preamplifiers instead of the usual miniature FET pres. This gives the mic much more headroom and the sound more air and precision.

Comparisons with its big brother, the iconic MMC4011 capsule, are inevitable. The relationship between the two can be clearly heard. The MMC2000 series performs as well as more exclusive microphones. It is a premium-class mic capsule and redefines the term value for money.

DPA d:dicate™ 2011A Specifications

Directional pattern Cardioid
Principle of operation Pressure gradient, with interference tube
Cartridge type Pre-polarized condenser, Twin Diaphragm Capsule
Frequency range 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Frequency range, ±2 dB, at 30 cm (11.8 in) 50 Hz – 17 kHz with 3 dB soft boost at 12 kHz
Sensitivity, nominal, ±2 dB at 1 kHz 10 mV/Pa; -40 dB re. 1 V/Pa
Equivalent noise level, A-weighted Typ. 20 dB(A) re. 20 µPa (max. 23 dB(A))
Equivalent noise level, ITU-R BS.468-4 Typ. 33 dB (max. 36 dB)
S/N ratio (A-weighted), re. 1 kHz at 1 Pa (94 dB SPL) Typ. 74 dB(A)
Total harmonic distortion (THD) < 1% up to 137 dB SPL peak
Dynamic range Typ. 117 dB
Max. SPL, peak before clipping 153 dB
Switchable attenuator, filters etc. 0 dB / -20 dB
Output impedance 200 Ω
Minimum load impedance 2 kΩ
Cable drive capability 100 m (328 ft)
Output balance principle Impedance balancing with Active Drive
Common mode rejection ratio (CMRR) > 60 dB
Power supply (for full performance) 48 V Phantom power (± 4 V)
Current consumption 2.8 mA
Connector XLR-3M. Pin 1: shield, Pin 2: signal + phase, Pin 3: – phase
Color Matte black
Weight 164 g (5.8 oz)
Microphone diameter 19 mm (0.75 in)
Microphone length 198 mm (7.8 in)
Maximum output voltage, RMS > 5 V
Polarity +V at pin 2 for positive sound pressure
Temperature range -40°C to 45°C (-40°F to 113°F)
Relative humidity (RH) Up to 90%

DPA d:dicate™ 2011A Polar Pattern

DPA d:dicate™ 2011A Frequency Response


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