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DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone

The DPA d:facto™ Vocal microphone brings studio quality sound to the live stage using the same condenser capsule technology as the award winning DPA 4011 Cardioid microphone.

The d:facto 4018V capsule blows the competition out of the water with its excellent off-axis rejection, and spill that does enter the capsule sounds totally natural thanks to its directional capsule technology. The d:facto's handling noise has been reduced to virtually null thanks to its innovative capsule mounting system which includes shock absorption between the handle and the capsule.

The d:facto Vocal's modular design and extensive adapter range make it unique in that it can be coupled with all major wireless systems. See the list of DPA d:facto wireless adaptors in the description below.

Also available is the DPA d:facto™ Linear Vocal mic, which has a totally flat frequency response, should that better suit the vocalist or situation.

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Product Description

The DPA d:facto™ Vocal microphone is designed to bring studio-quality sound to the stage without any of the problems studio microphones can usually suffer from in this demanding environment. Using experience gained from building the award-winning DPA 4011 cardioid capsule, DPA has tailored the d:facto’s capsule to give a far more directional pick-up pattern, excellent rejection of feedback and off axis neutrality and attenuation.

The d:facto Vocal is designed specifically to give engineers the power of excellent studio quality sound in almost any environment, and its amazing capsule speaks for itself. The d:facto 4018V capsule blows the competition out of the water with its excellent off-axis rejection, and spill that does enter the capsule sounds totally natural thanks to its directional capsule technology. The d:facto's handling noise has been reduced to virtually null thanks to its innovative capsule mounting system which includes shock absorption between the handle and the capsule. The d:facto Vocal mic features a high boost to accentuate the natural vocal range, though if you want a totally linear response check out the DPA d:facto Linear Vocal mic.

The d:facto Vocal capsule is suspended in a pop-proof housing to optimise handling noise. As well as it’s excellent full-bandwidth frequency response, the d:facto is capable of handling sound pressure levels up to 160dB before clipping. This is definitely not your average vocal microphone and must be heard to be believed.

DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone Specifications:

Directional pattern: Supercardioid
Principle of operation: Pressure gradient
Cartridge type: Pre-polarized condenser
Frequency range: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Frequency range, ± 2 dB, at 12 cm (4.7 in): 100 Hz – 16 kHz with 3 dB soft boost at 12 kHz. Permanent 3rd order low-cut filter (-3 dB at 80 Hz).
Sensitivity, nominal, ± 2 dB at 1 kHz: 5 mV/Pa; -46 dB re. 1 V/Pa
Equivalent noise level, A-weighted: Typ. 19 dB(A) re. 20 µPa (max. 21 dB(A)) without attenuation
S/N ratio (A-weighted), re. 1 kHz at 1 Pa (94 dB SPL): Typ. 75 dB(A)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): < 1 % up to 139 dB SPL peak
Dynamic range: Typ. 120 dB

Max. SPL, peak before clipping: 160 dB
Switchable attenuator: 0 dB / -10 dB
Output impedance: < 100 ohm
Minimum load impedance: 1 kohm
Cable drive capability: 100 m (328 ft)
Output balance principle: Impedance balancing with Active Drive
Common Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR): > 50 dB at 1 kHz
Power supply (for full specifications): 48 V Phantom power (± 4 V)
Current consumption: Max. 5 mA
Connector: XLR-3M. Pin 1: shield, Pin 2: signal + phase, Pin 3: – phase
Color: Matte black
microphone weight: 245 g (8.6 oz)
Microphone diameter: 50 mm (2.0 in)
Capsule diameter: 19 mm (0.75 in)
Microphone length: 195 mm (7.7 in)
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:facto Adapters

Apart from the standard DPA d:facto™ II handle, the d:facto II head can be coupled with the following d:facto™ adaptors to make it seamlessly integrate with the Shure, Sennheiser, Lectrosonics, Wisycom and Sony wireless systems:

  • FAASE2-ew Adapter:
    – Sennheiser SKM 2000
    – Sennheiser SKM 9000
    – Sennheiser SKM 100/300/500 Evolution Wireless
  • FAASE5B Adapter:
    – Sennheiser SKM 5200
    – Sennheiser SKM 5200 II
  • FAASL1B Adapter:
    – Shure LX2, PGX2, SLX2, T2, U2, UC2, ULX2, UR2, UT2
    – Sony DWM-02
    – Sony ZTX-M01
    – Lectrosonics HH
    – Line 6 XD75
  • FAAWI2B Adapter
    – Wisycom MTH300

d:facto Vocal Frequency Response

DPA d:facto II Frequency Response

d:facto II Polar Pattern

DPA d:facto II polar pattern

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