DPA 4018A Supercardioid Mic
The 4018A Supercardioid Microphone is designed for a broad range of music recording and broadcast / ENG / film long-distance miking applications. It can be used for booming, dialogue, interview and table or spot-recording use.
Highly-directional supercardioid pattern
Designed for a broad range of long-distance broadcast, ENG and film miking applications, such as booming, dialogue, interview and table or podium use, the 4018 Supercardioid Microphone offers superb flexibility through modular accessories.
This microphone is part of our flexible pencil mic series. It has a highly-directional supercardioid pickup pattern with a smooth and uniform off-axis frequency response.
The supercardioid shape is frequency independent, securing an identical sound color around the microphone. The usual rear lobe heard on most supercardioids is minimized on this capsule. This makes it much more isolated without sudden frequency dependent peaks and dips.
- Low noise and high sensitivity
- Highly directional for high isolation
- Most controlled supercardioid shape
- Uniform, frequency independent directionality
- Modular flexibility
Combine it with the preamp of your choice
At any time, and with no tools needed, it is possible to transform the MMC4018 Supercardioid Microphone Capsule into a new configuration.
The MMP-A Microphone Preamp is an ultra-transparent, transformerless preamp with active drive for impedance balancing. The MMP-C Compact Microphone Preamp is an ultra-compact preamp with active drive for impedance balancing. It has a slightly softer character than the other preamps in the series.
Other preamps include the very small form factor types MMP-E Modular Active Cable (XLR output) and MMP-GR/GS Preamp with Modular Active MicroDot Cable for Pencil Microphone, 3 m (9.8 ft) (MMP-GR, MMPMMP-G Modular Active Cable MicroDot output), allowing for very slim set-ups. The MMP-G even allows you to match a larger microphone directly to a wireless transmitter. The MMP-G, together with the GSM4000 Gooseneck Shock Mount, can be used for anything from very lightweight booming applications to very high-end instrument miking using the 4099 series of instrument mounting options.
4018 Frequency response
Typical on and off-axis response of a 4018 Supercardioid Microphone measured at 30 cm (11.8 in)
4018 Polar Pattern:
Typical directional characteristics of a 4018 Supercardioid Microphone
- 1x 4018A Supercardioid Mic
- 1x Foam windscreen
- 1x Clip
|Principle of operation:||Pressure gradient|
|Cartridge type:||Pre-polarized condenser|
|Frequency response:||20 Hz - 20 kHz|
|Dynamic range:||Typ. 121 dB|
|Preamp:||MMP-A - Standard Preamp|
|Effective frequency range, ±2 dB, at 30 cm (11.8 in):||40 Hz - 18 kHz|
|Sensitivity, nominal, ±2 dB at 1 kHz:||12 mV/Pa; -38.4 dB re. 1 V/Pa|
|Equivalent noise level, A-weighted:||Typ. 16 dB(A) re. 20 µPa (max. 19 dB(A))|
|Equivalent noise level, ITU-R BS.468-4:||Typ. 23 dB (correct with the attenuator in 0 dB or -20 dB setting)|
|Distortion, THD < 1%:||134 dB SPL RMS, 137 dB SPL peak|
|Max. SPL, THD 10%:||156 dB SPL peak|
|Switchable attenuator, filters etc.:||0 dB / -20 dB|
|Rated output impedance:||200 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:||2.8 mA|
|Maximum output voltage, RMS:||8 V|
|Polarity:||+V at pin 2 for positive sound pressure|
|Matching tolerance (frequency response and sensitivity):||±1 dB|
|Phase deviation for kit:||< 10°|
|Weight:||158 g (5.6 oz)|
|Microphone diameter:||19 mm (0.75 in)|
|Capsule diameter:||19 mm (0.75 in)|
|Microphone length:||170 mm (6.7 in)|
|Temperature range:||-40°C to 45°C (-40°F to 113°F)|
|Relative humidity (RH):||Up to 90%|