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FRANKFURT, GERMANY, MARCH 21, 2012 DPA Microphones is pleased to announce the launch of its handheld d:facto™ vocal mic at Prolight + Sound 2012 (Hall 8, Stand F22). Building off the success of the DPA reference standard cardioid 4011 microphone, the company has pooled its years of expertise and resources to bring the eagerly awaited, high-quality vocal condenser mic to the market.


Bridging the gap between live performance and studio recording, d:facto offers extraordinarily natural sound, high separation and extreme SPL handling. DPA has identified what its users love about the reference standard cardioid 4011 and tailored those qualities to a handheld design. The result is a supercardioid mic with  superb definition, excellent separation and breathtakingly natural sound.

d:facto is equally at home in sound reinforcement and recording applications. Similar to all DPA mics, d:facto features superior gain before feedback, while  the robust three-stage pop protection grid built into the microphone effectively removes unwanted noise. Designed to last, d:facto boasts exceptional isolation from handling noise as well as the ability to accommodate extreme sound levels. The microphone head can be used on the DPA wired handle and can also be  unscrewed for mounting onto a Wisycom wireless microphone system, offering a high degree of flexibility.

“For many years, the market has been requesting that the high sound quality of DPA’s legendary 4011 mic be available for live  performance,” says DPA’s CEO Christian Poulsen. “As a result of the  innovative partnership with Wisycom, we have developed the d:facto vocal  mic to fulfill those requests. The option of wired  and wireless modes, combined with DPA’s proven technology, has resulted  in a stylish vocal mic encapsulating flexibility and unsurpassed sound  quality: key elements of equipment of the future.”

d:facto has already been put through its paces on several TV shows for the past six months, among them Voice of Denmark, a standard format TV show broadcast in several countries. “The sound team has been extremely impressed with the d:facto  mic,” says Voice’s sound engineer Mads Kærså. “It sounded open at all  frequencies. There were no feedback or pop  issues and we did not have to worry about handling noise. Finally, a  manufacturer has managed to make a handheld microphone that inspires the  same feeling a musician gets from a handbuilt instrument. It makes the singer feel more confident and perform better.”

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