DPA d:dicate ST 2006C

Stereo Microphone Set Consists of 2 modular compact reference standard microphones:

  • Pre-polarized double membrane
  • Polar pattern: Omnidirectional
  • Frequency range: 20 - 20,000 Hz
  • Dynamic range 114 dB
  • 48V phantom power
  • Sensitivity nominal ± 2 dB at 1 kHz: 40 mV / Pa; -28 dB re. 1 V / Pa
  • Equivalent noise level
  • A-weighted: type. 16 dB (A) re. 20 μPa (max 18 dB (A))
  • Successor to the DPA 4006
  • Weight: 60 g

Further information

Battery Powered No
Directional Microphone No
Stereo Pair Yes
switchable lowcut No
switchable pad No
characteristic ball
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Wonderful little omnidirectional microphones

Albert Jan de Boer, 16.08.2013
I bought the ST2006C without testing at all.
First I read some reviews and heard some samples.
But actually, I bought them without knowing exactly what they would sound.

First of all, I use the microphones at classical location recording.
Minimalist setup, only these two in an AB setting, about 50cm apart.
All recordings have a full spectrum sound. Nice low and (very) crisp highs.
My advise, never point them directly at the source but point them up.
It glues an ensemble together and in post you turn on an EQ, if necessary.

The small preamps (C) have a tendency to sound a little muddy, or more positive, warm of euphonic. I always use an EQ to get the sound I want. Most of the time, a little less warm. Also the capsules have the tendency to sound just a tiny little bit harsh between 2-4k. But nothing that couldn't be fixed with EQ.

Some examples with the mikes.
Note: preamps are from a Presonus Audiobox USB
Note 2: Samples have some EQ and compression.

Choir with organ accompaniment
[LINK] with 'tape' accompaniment
[LINK] part from 'Carmina Burana' by Carl Orff
[LINK] DPA 2006C is a very nice microphone for the money you pay. You can get better, but you pay for it.
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