AES 139: DPA Microphones unveils “near-invisible” d:screet Slim29 October 2015
DPA Microphones launched its new d:screet Slim microphone today at the 139th AES Convention in New York.
Developed “in response to a growing need, especially from the film industry, for a near-invisible bodyworn microphone”, the d:screet Slim (pictured) features the company’s omnidirectional capsule element in a flat head, with a slender cable and new button-hole mount accessory. Currently in the beta-testing stage, the new mic will be available for delivery by the end of the year.
The d:screet Slim’s button-hole mount, which comes as an enclosed accessory, provides a 90° sound input angle, allowing the cable to lay flat against a surface rather than sticking straight out. It is designed to fit into a space as small as 2mm; the combination of its size and available accessories increases the number of mounting solutions, as it can be placed “virtually anywhere without being seen”, says DPA.
“After speaking with our users and colleagues in the industry, we took a closer look at how microphones were being concealed and developed a completely new and unique way we could address this requirement,” comments Mikkel Nymand, product manager for DPA Microphones. “The result was a microphone that is more easily hidden under clothes, a big necessity for television and film production. The nice thing about the new design is that it leaves a flatter footprint, but with the same high-quality sound for which DPA is known.”
Its d:screet 4060 high- and 4061 low-sensitivity capsules promise exceptional audio quality with low self-noise, and, as with all DPA microphones, the d:screet Slim is compatible with all major wireless adapters. It is available in four colour options: beige, white, black and brown.
“Most sound professionals are already familiar with DPA’s d:screet solution,” adds Nymand. “The d:screet Slim will now provide them with infinitely new possibilities. We’re especially excited to reach audio professionals who have always wanted the DPA sound, but needed an even more unobtrusive solution.”