DPA Microphones announced the launching of its new d:screet Slim Microphone 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, d:screet Slim features the company’s omnidirectional capsule element in a flat head, a slender cable and a new button-hole mount accessory.
Currently in beta-test stages with some of the industry’s most prominent sound engineers, the new d:screet Slim Microphone solution is already gaining rave reviews. The microphone’s new button-hole mount, which comes as an enclosed accessory, provides a 90-degree sound input angle, allowing the cable to lay flat against a surface rather than sticking straight out. It is also designed to fit into a space as small as two millimeters. The combination of the size and available accessories increases the number of mounting solutions as it can be placed virtually anywhere without being seen.
“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,” explains 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.”
The d:screet 4060 capsule with high sensitivity and the 4061 capsule with low sensitivity used on the d:screet Slim offer exceptional audio quality with low self-noise. As with all DPA microphones, this latest solution is compatible with all major wireless adapters. It is available in four color options – beige, white, black and brown. A refinement of DPAs currently available concealer solution is also being unveiled and features a separable construction, meaning that the concealer top can be divided from the concealer base allowing the base to be kept fixed at the clothing allowing the top part to be removed independently.
With each concealer comes a unique new detachable space bracket securing distance to the clothing. This space bracket clicks in and out of the concealer top. Also, a detachable clothing clip for the concealer base allows for hidden mounting of any d:screet Miniature Mic in a shirt.
“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.”
The d:screet Slim Miniature Microphone will be available for delivery by the end of 2015.