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CardioidDPA 2011C

Cardioid Pencil Condenser Microphone

The DPA 2011C is a small-diaphragm pencil condenser microphone. It is part of DPA’s modular Reference Standard series; the microphone called the 2011C is actually comprised of the MMC2011 capsule plus the MMP-C compact “preamplifier.”

(The MMC2011 can alternatively be paired with the MMP-A head amplifier — see the 2011A — or the MMP-B head amp, which incorporates a rising equalization curve.)

The MMC2011 capsule head employs two miniature electret condenser capsules, arranged back-to-back and “custom re-built into a double diaphragm, one-capsule composition.” The capsule is mounted within a 51mm-long interference tube, which presumably is engineered to maintain the mic’s Cardioid pattern. Oddly, DPA has not published a polar plot for the microphone.

As is somewhat typical of microphones based on miniature electret capsules, the self-noise of the 2011C is relatively high at 20–23dBA.

The mic’s frequency graph is nominally flat from 100Hz–2kHz, then rises gently to +3dB at 10kHz, finally rolling off more sharply around 14kHz.

Attenuation at 60° is uniform, albeit with a steeper, lower-frequency rolloff. Rear rejection at 1kHz is better than 22dB.

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Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Cardioid (10 mV/Pa; 50 - 17,000 Hz)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diameter n/a
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 137 dB
Self-noise: 20.0 dB(A)
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
64g (2.26oz) 92mm (3.62'') 19mm (0.75'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power
  • Phantom voltage: 48±4v

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