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New Microphones From DPA and AEA At AES Amsterdam|
By Janice Brown
May 14, 2008, 10:05
Amsterdam (May 14, 2008) -- No doubt, many new microphones will be on display at the upcoming AES Convention in Amsterdam, including new mics from DPA and AEA. At Stand 1314, DPA will be exhibiting its new 4017, a short and lightweight shotgun microphone offering a highly directional pickup pattern while maintaining DPA's characteristic clarity.
DPA carried out extensive R&D to create the 4017, a high-end shotgun mic with smooth off-axis responses at the notably short length of 210 mm (8.3 inches), and weight of just 71 grams (2.5 ounces).
DPA will also be showing its new 4080, a miniature cardioid lavalier microphone developed to provide optimum speech intelligibility for numerous applications including broadcast, recording, conferences and live performance. Designed to be body-mounted approximately 20-25 cm from the mouth, the DPA 4080 is acoustically pre-equalized and offers a 5 dB presence boost which improves speech intelligibility and definition. It comes with a pre-mounted pop-filter in a robust holder with integrated shock mount, and this innovative mounting solution allows the mic to be easily turned in any direction to obtain the best sound.
The two newest DPA additions can be seen at the show alongside the company's existing mic range. For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.
Another new microphone being exhibited at AES Amsterdam is AEA's phantom-powered Big Ribbon A440, which will be on display at Stand 1211. According to AEA founder Wes Dooley, the Big Ribbon A440 has the greatest useable dynamic range of any ribbon microphone manufactured today, and is "the quietest ribbon microphone in existence."
|AEA Big Ribbon A440|
The A440, according to AEA, delivers bass with "effortless authority" at the low frequency end, has a smooth and articulate midrange and at the high end, "transients are quick and detailed without hard edges. The A440 has a flat frequency response and holds an accurate figure-eight polar pattern down to 20 Hz.
AEA'S A440 is built to order as an AEA Service Shop (Pasadena, CA) Special at a list price of $5,800. For more information on the new Big Ribbon A440, visit www.wesdooley.com.
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