DPA 2012 Compact Cardioid Microphone (Single)

XLR-3M Connector - Pre-polarized condenser - 156㏈ SPL peak

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Superb close miking solution

DPA 2012 Compact Cardioid Microphone single, general purpose pencil mic shines particularly well for instruments in the high-frequency range. This robust and reliable condenser mic, ideal for single instrument pickup, is the best all-around, generalist mic that you can find to cover a wide range of close-miking needs in the demanding live stage environment. With a max SPL, peak before clipping of 156 dB, the 2012, can handle the loudest drums, guitars, horns and more. This mic features a brass body construction and generates unmatched transient response. In addition to the heavy-duty materials used, the surfaces of the mic handle and grille have a long-lasting protective black matt finish. The 2012 has a cardioid capsule with DPA's famously flat off-axis response. The high gain-before-feedback characteristic makes it easier for sound engineers to handle bleed from nearby, off-axis instruments in a very natural and attenuated way.


  • Durable, reinforced construction
  • Excellent transient response
  • Uniform cardioid directionality
  • Outstanding SPL handling
  • Natural and precise sound reproduction

Specifications for the DPA 2012 Compact Cardioid Microphone

{ "Directional pattern": "Cardioid", "Principle of operation": "Pressure gradient", "Cartridge type": "Pre-polarized condenser", "Frequency response": "20 Hz - 20 kHz", "Effective frequency range, ±2 dB, at 30 cm (11.8 in)": "40 Hz to 20 kHz", "Sensitivity, nominal, ±2 dB at 1 kHz": "8 mV/Pa; -42 dB re. 1 V/Pa", "Equivalent noise level, A-weighted": "Typ. 20 dB(A) re 20 µPa (max. 22 dB(A))", "Distortion, THD < 1%": "148 dB SPL (151 dB SPL peak)", "Dynamic range": "Typ. 131 dB", "Max. SPL, THD 10%": "153 dB SPL (156 dB SPL peak)", "Switchable attenuator, filters etc.": "-", "Rated output impedance": "60 Ω", "Minimum load impedance": "2 kΩ", "Cable drive capability": "100 m (328 ft)", "Output balance principle": "Impedance balancing with Active Drive", "Common mode rejection ratio (CMRR)": "> 60 dB", "Power supply (for full performance)": "P48 (Phantom Power)", "Current consumption": "0.7 mA", "Connector": "XLR-3M. Pin 1: shield, Pin 2: signal + phase, Pin 3: - phase", "Color": "Matte black", "Weight": "83 g (2.9 oz)", "Microphone diameter": "19 mm (0.75 in)", "Capsule diameter": "17 mm (0.67 in)", "Microphone length": "94 mm (3.7 in)", "Maximum output voltage, RMS": "8.7 V (21 dBu)", "Polarity": "+V at pin 2 for positive sound pressure", "Temperature range": "-40°C to 45°C (-40°F to 113°F)", "Relative humidity (RH)": "Up to 90%", "Sensitivity selection tolerance (at 1 kHz)": "±1.5 dB" }

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