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AES 2019: DPA announces 2028 Vocal Mic
Old 22nd August 2019
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Hardware AES 2019: DPA announces 2028 Vocal Mic

DPA announces 2028 Vocal Mic

New DPA 2028 Vocal Mic Aims to Change the Live Performance Landscape

Expertly designed and built to survive the road.

ALLEROD, DENMARK. August 22nd 2019: DPA Microphones presents a new addition to its microphone line up, the 2028 Vocal Microphone. The 2028 delivers DPA’s renowned natural sound, which allows all types of vocals to shine. Perfect for everyone from indie artists to international touring singers, the 2028 mic is ideally suited for live stage performances, broadcast and pro AV applications.

On a live stage, the 2028 delivers the same sonic qualities as DPA’s other
great solutions. In fact, the 2028 needs no (or very little) EQ to sound just like you are standing next to the singer listening to their performance. This allows the artist to hone-in on their vocals as if not using a microphone, which puts less strain on the voice. In addition, the transparency of the 2028 allows engineers to spend their time shaping the sound experience rather than covering up issues caused by artifacts.

The 2028 has been cohesively designed to provide the same amazing sound as the brand’s flagship handheld mic, the 4018 VL. It has also been optimized, like the 4018, for the unique challenges of the live stage. “We have seen a need for an excellent vocal microphone that has the sonic qualities of our d:facto 4018 Series, but at a lower price-point,” says René Mørch, product manager, DPA Microphones. “At only $700 USD, this mic is an overachiever – it performs significantly better than anything else in its price range.”

The 2028 features a brand-new fixed-position capsule, as well as a specially designed shock-mount and pop filter. It exhibits a supercardioid polar pattern, with the famous DPA uniform off-axis response. This gives the microphone a very high-gain-before-feedback and makes it easier to handle bleed from other instruments in close proximity, picking up sound in a natural way.

“We've designed this mic so that it sounds like the singer isn’t actually using a mic,” adds Mørch. “You get the full, natural sound of the artist’s voice, not what the microphone ‘thinks’ the artist sounds like. This gives the sound engineer a lot of freedom to be creative – and instead work on crafting a unique sound for the performance based on a clean, natural vocal track.”

With the expected wear-and-tear that comes with live performances, both the outer grille and the inner pop filter of the 2028 can be detached and rinsed. The 2028 is offered in three variants; a wired XLR with handle and two wireless mic configurations that are compatible with the industry’s most widely used wireless microphone systems. This includes the SL1 adapter, compatible with Shure, Sony and Lectrosonics; and the SE2 adapter, compatible with Sennheiser.

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Old 22nd August 2019
Looks good; I had a really positive experience with the smaller DPA mics.
Old 23rd August 2019
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I absolutely love the d:facto Linear mic and this really looks like the best microphone down from that, at a much lower price. It looks to be just slightly brighter at the very top which makes it more linear than the d:facto "Linear" which actually drops off a bit above 10k, and the polar pattern is slightly more cardioid, which will go down better for some gigs. Also it looks like it's thinner and smaller, which is appreciated because the d:facto is rather chunky indeed.

The only thing is the 3 dB extra of self-noise (which might partly come from the extra top end) at least in the studio, since the d:facto at 19 dB(A) has a small amount of hiss that is just about noticeable in sparse studio vocals. The Shure KSM9 comes at the same 22 dB(A) and I think a bit it's too noisy for sparse vocals. Of course, in live environments it's really not an issue at all.
Old 1st October 2019
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DPA Microphones will debut its new 2028 Vocal Microphone, which aims to change the live performance landscape with its renowned natural sound, road-ready design and competitive price point, to the U.S. pro audio market at AES 2019 (Booth 633). The company will also highlight its new 4097 CORE Supercardioid Choir Mic, expertly tailored to capture dynamic choir sound, at the show.
Old 21st October 2019
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