DPA Microphones has announced the DPA 2028 vocal mic. The condenser mic with a supercardioid polar pattern is designed for live vocals, as well as broadcast and AV applications. DPA says that it developed the DPA 2028 to have a natural and transparent sound, requiring little to no EQ.
The company goes as far as saying that the 2028 “sounds like the singer isn’t actually using a mic”. While this is of course marketing speak, a natural sound means that both the singer and sound engineer have more freedom and creative options.
Supercardioid polar pattern with uniform off-axis response
According to DPA, the 2028 delivers the same sound characteristics as its flagship d:facto 4018, at a lower price. The condenser microphone features a newly developed fixed-position capsule with a special shock mount and pop filter. The company says that the 2028 has a supercardioid polar pattern with a uniform off-axis response, which should help with with feedback prevention and bleed handling. DPA states a dynamic range of 117 dB, max. SPL of 160 dB, and frequency response of 20-20,000 Hz.
Three versions for wired and wireless applications
This is a microphone for live applications and touring artists, and it looks like it’s pretty rugged. According to DPA, the outer grille and inner pop filter can be detached for cleaning. The capsule itself is not interchangeable, however. The DPA 2028 is available in three different configurations. The standard handle has an XLR connector. Alternatively, you can get it in SL1 (Shure, Sony, Lectrosonics) or SE2 (Sennheiser 2000 / 6000 / 9000 / Evolution / D1) versions for use with wireless transmitters.
Price and availability
According to DPA, the DPA 2028 will start shipping in about a week. All three versions have a MSRP of USD 700.