DPA 4099 Instrument Microphone
The true voice of your instrument
- CORE by DPA technology inside
- Supercardioid condenser microphone
- Handles high SPLs
- Superior gain-before-feedback
- Flexible and easy mounting
- Gentle and easy to mount on the instrument
- Detachable cable and a versatile gooseneck extender
Now with CORE by DPA technology
The DPA 4099 Instrument Microphone is already the recognized standard for this type of microphone and the CORE version adds just another layer of sound quality that further distances this mic from its competitors. 4099 CORE brings more clarity and details to your music, across the entire dynamic range. Anyone looking for the very highest sound quality should choose CORE – every musician, live sound engineer, and anyone else who takes pride in quality audio.
CORE by DPA is a powerful new technology at the heart of DPA miniature microphones. We’ve minimized distortion. From pianissimo to forte, you will experience increased clarity and openness. Learn more about CORE by DPA.
From the piano to guitar; strings to woodwinds; brass to percussion, the 4099 Series sounds equally impressive on them all. This one-microphone model can beautifully reinforce an entire orchestra. You can move the mic to another instrument; just make sure you have the right type of clip to mount it correctly. The award-winning 4099 Series gives you a much more natural sound than any clip-on microphone or pickup. This condenser microphone rejects unwanted noise and accurately captures the true voice of your acoustic instrument.
This microphone comes in two versions:
- 4099 CORE Mic, Loud SPL (red marking on gooseneck) – used to close-mike most types of instruments
- 4099 CORE Mic, Extreme SPL (yellow marking on gooseneck) – used to close-mike extremely loud instruments, such as drums and some brass
The 4099 CORE also features an enhanced shock mount design, providing excellent isolation from handling noise and rumble. Detachable cables are available in heavy-duty or lightweight versions, depending on the application – both are designed to withstand the rigors of daily use. A versatile, integrated gooseneck extender provides easy and repeatable mounting.
All CORE by DPA technology microphones, including the 4099 CORE, 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
The d:vote™ CORE 4099 comes with an XLR connector as an adapter. The microphone can easily be connected to a wireless system via an adapter from our extensive range of wireless adapters.
The mics can be easily unclipped and repositioned or moved to another instrument. The mounting system is designed to never blemish or scratch the finish of your instrument. The flexible design supports a wide variety of mounting and positioning possibilities.
You can buy a single d:vote™ CORE 4099, with or without a specific instrument clip, or you can choose a kit designed specifically for rock or classical applications. These kits come in 4-piece and 10-piece sets combined with the appropriate adapters, clips, and cables that make it a breeze to set up your stage.
The mics in this series come in two versions. The d:vote™ CORE 4099, Loud SPL is perfect for use on a wide range of instruments – from the flute to the guitar, and everything in between. With a max SPL, peak before clipping of 152 dB, the d:vote™ CORE 4099, Extreme SPL was designed for use on drums, percussion instruments, and other very loud instruments like, for example, the trumpet. Both versions of this mic have a supercardioid polar pattern for high rejection and superior gain-before-feedback. The d:vote™ 4099 also retains a uniform off-axis frequency response to ensure a high-energy, clear live performance.
I’ve been using d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones for many years, especially on cello and double bass. I really like them because they are so small, light and easy to install. They come with a fabulous range of accessories and are not invasive, even on small instruments such as violins. In terms of sound, they bring out the true nature of an acoustic instrument and deliver the deep, full-bodied, true low end bass that you expect to hear.
Let your instrument choose the mic
The d:vote™ CORE 4099 was designed to get the best performance out of your instrument, so make sure you choose the correct version. We have created clips and mounts to fit a wide range of popular instruments. Even if your instrument is not listed below, there is probably a solution that will meet your needs.
Please note that for each type of instrument we have pre-selected the following parts for you:
- Type of mount
- Type of microphone, i.e. Loud or Extreme SPL
- Type of microphone cable; Ø1.6 mm (0.06 in) or Ø2.2 mm (0.09 in)
- Type of XLR adapter, i.e. either DAD4099 (with build-in low cut) or DAD6001 (without low cut)
Optional gooseneck extension
Change the mount, not the mic
A bit about super cardioids
A supercardioid microphone is similar to a cardioid – it is most sensitive to sound coming in at the front and is least sensitive at the back. Supercardioid mics tend to have a much narrower angle of sensitivity – making them even more focused than a “normal” cardioid mic. This off-axis sound will be more or less colored and damped – and, due to the narrow angle of focus, the area of damped sound is increased significantly. The unique DPA capsule technique, however, skips the colorization of the sound coming from the sides or the rear of the mic and reduces the sensitivity to these angles and thereby offering perfect sound stages. The amount of damping depends on the exact specifications of the mic.
Due to their nature, supercardioid mics are often used on the live stage – both during concerts as well as spoken-word events, to capture the focused sound of an instrument or voice. The narrow angle of sensitivity helps to minimize the bleed from other sounds on a busy stage. One thing to note with supercardioid mics is the proximity effect, which causes an increase in bass response the closer the microphone is moved to the sound source. In addition, supercardioid mics are far more sensitive to wind, pop, and handling noises than omni mics, so be sure to take precautions to guard against this.
The adapter system gives you flexibility
The adapters for wireless systems give you flexible, simple, and affordable possibilities. You are no longer bound to one wireless system. As circumstances change, you can just switch your adapter, instead of incurring the cost of a completely new microphone. When you make the switch, you won’t hear any loss or change in sound quality.
The d:fine™, d:screet™, and d:vote™ series of miniature microphones work with all leading wireless mic solutions, such as Sennheiser, Shure, Sony, Wisycom, Lectrosonics, Zaxcom and many more. DPA Microphones’ ingenious adapter system is one of a kind in the industry. It protects your investment in fantastic sound for years to come.
Violin, viola, banjo, and mandolin
The 4099 CORE for Loud SPL is perfect for the violin, banjo, and viola. Users will appreciate how gently this condenser mic adheres to their prized instrument.
The 4099 CORE for Extreme SPL perfectly captures the booming sounds of drums and percussion instruments. Users will appreciate how gently this condenser mic adheres to their prized instrument. The mic can be easily positioned to fit different types of drums. The flexible gooseneck can be positioned at different angles to allow a variety of sound nuances. The mic is elegant, lightweight, unobtrusive, and designed to stay out of the way during performances.
This mic solution makes it easy to achieve a high level of isolation on stage. It also provides clean and transparent stereo sound quality with realistic dynamics.
Guitar, ukulele, and dobro
The 4099 CORE for Loud SPL is perfect for PA amplification and live recording of acoustic guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and dobro. It offers practically unlimited placement possibilities. The sound it provides is considerably more natural than an internal microphone or pick-up.
The 4099 CORE for Loud SPL is perfect for the entire saxophone family: soprano, alto, tenor or baritone. It also sounds great on the bass clarinet. It comes with a very versatile clip that can be used on all types of sax and brass instruments.
Trumpet, trombone, and other brass
The 4099 CORE for Extreme SPL is perfect for trumpet, trombone, and other brass instruments that can make a lot of sounds. You can use it with or without mute. The microphone effortlessly handles even the highest sound pressure levels.
The 4099 CORE for Loud SPL is the perfect mic solution for PA amplification and live to record of an acoustic upright bass. It offers a sound that is considerably more natural than an internal microphone or pickup. There are several excellent placement possibilities on the instrument.
For perfect PA amplification and live recording of a cello choose the 4099 CORE for Loud SPL, which includes a mounting clip meticulously designed and optimized for the violoncello. It offers a sound that is considerably more natural than an internal microphone or pickup.
This mic solution makes it easy to achieve a high level of isolation on stage. It also provides clean and transparent stereo sound quality with realistic dynamics. It is a complete system, which includes a pair of 4099 CORE for Loud SPL selected on sensitivity within ±1.5 dB. The two included mic clips can be attached permanently to the instrument using screws.
Oboe, clarinet, bassoon, recorder, and flute
This 4099 CORE for Loud SPL solution is designed to address the unique mounting challenges of slim-bodied and unusually shaped instruments. The design of the microphone clip includes a hook-and-loop fastener strap, which allows it to fit instruments of varying sizes and diameters such as the oboe, clarinet, bassoon, recorder, and flute.
The 4099 CORE for Loud SPL with a mount designed to be flexible, easy to use, and quick to move. With a strong spring, the mount can be clamped onto many surfaces and instruments such as saxophones and brass instruments.
Even though the 4099 CORE is often used attached directly to a specific instrument, many users have asked for a solution to mount the mic on a regular microphone stand. Now you can get the unparalleled sound of the 4099 CORE for Loud SPL easily mounted on a mic stand.