DPA d:screet CORE 6061 Mic-Loud SPL MicroDot -Black
The DPA d:screet CORE 6061 is a subminiature microphone with a cable terminated with a hardwired MicroDot connector. Although it's just 3 mm (0.12 in) in size, it pacls the audio power of DPA's larger, award-winning DPA mics. What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in clarity, consistency and durability – three qualities that really matter. By shrinking CORE by DPA technology, DPA ensure you don't have to compromise on sound to focus on aesthetics. CORE by DPA is a powerful new technology at the heart of DPA miniature microphones. With minimized distortion you will experience increased clarity and openness.
DPA have taken the amazing CORE technology and shrunk it down to fit into their (0.12 in) subminiature mics. This means that, despite their small size, the performance of the d:screet 6061 CORE Subminiature Series is fully comparable to the 5 mm (0.20 in) miniature capsules that are beloved around the globe. These subminiatures have a lower noise floor than any other 3 mm (0.12 in) capsule on the market and they are better able to capture high sound pressure levels without distortion as well. In terms of technical specifications, the d:screet 6061 has a noise floor of only 26 dB(A), which is on par with the 5 mm (0.20 in) DPA miniature capsules.
Advanced new mic design
This tiny capsule has a cap that can be removed for cleaning and should be firmly reattached to the mic body with a firm click that can both be felt and heard. The supplied cap corresponds in its nature to the low-boost grid 5 mm (0.20 in) versions. Both the mic itself plus the cap are made of stainless steel and treated with a Physical vapor deposition (PVD) coating that makes it extremely durable: able to tolerate high temperatures, resilient against impacts and resistant to abrasion. The entire mic has a pleasant matte look due to the coating making the entire headset look smaller and less obtrusive.
The cable is often the weak spot on these types of mics, but we have opted to use the same size cable (Ø 1.6 mm (.06 in)) and the same rugged cable relief as on our 5 mm (0.20 in) mics. The cables are extremely durable, do not become entangled and are equipped with an inner core made of Kevlar that withstands rough pulls. A strain relief is integrated in the mic housing to strengthen the assembly.
The cable and capsule design ensure immunity to noisy wireless devices. These mics are typically connected to a wireless belt pack and DPA offer a comprehensive mix of adapters to suit the many wireless transmitters available. When used with an adapter, the connector is our MicroDot but we also offer hardwired terminations to suit the most popular systems from manufactures such as Shure and Sennheiser. All DPA connectors are equipped with a rugged strain relief.
The CORE Subminiatures are IP58 certified. This durability is achieved through a number of defense mechanisms:
- Water-repellant nano-coating of the cover and housing
- Hermetic sealing of the sensitive amplifier at the core of the mic
- Dual gold plating of the diaphragm
8-position lavalier clip
When used as a lavalier, a special rotatable clip is available. The 360° clip allows the lav to be mounted in eight positions, chosen in 45° incremental steps. This makes it very easy to change from women's to men's shirts (left to right buttoned) or even t-shirts and the like where the neckline is used.
- Amazing 3 mm CORE capsule technology
- Renowned DPA sound in a 60% smaller package
- Stainless steel, PVD-coated mic housing
- Modular adapter system fits most professional wireless systems
|Tube or Solid State||Solid State|
|Number of Microphones||Single Microphone|
|Frequency Range||20 Hz - 20 kHz|
|Sensitivity||-44 dBV/Pa (6 mV)|
|Max. SPL||144 dB|
The new 6060/ 6061 is a great match to the older designed 4060/ 4061. They do NOT sound exactly alike, but they sound more alike than any other small/ lav-type microphone and they are pretty darned close. In fact, their sound is close enough that if you move them around on your actors/ talent, that will make more of a difference than choosing a 6061 or a 4061 will make.
I just wrapped on a TV show episode where I used the 6061 and 4061 interchangeably. In practice, I could not hear a difference between them.
The 6061 is indeed quite a bit smaller than the 4061 from DPA. It will fit through a button hole and live behind a button on a dress shirt which is nice trick that was previously reserved only for the Countryman B6. To my ears, the DPA lav mics sound far superior to any other lav mic, including the B6, COS-11D, TRAM and anything else I have been able to compare them with. So the fact that the 6061 can cover the unique tasks previously reserved for an industry standard like the Countryman B6 is a serious achievement for DPA.
If you have NOT used DPA lav mics, sonically here is what you can expect: clean, clear dialogue that sounds very natural. In fact, it sounds like real life to my ears which is not true with pretty much everything else. The DPA lav mics (4061 and 6061) deliver dialogue capture on par with whatever boom mic one plans to use. The same as any given boom mic?---No. But on par?---yes. I should add the DPA 6061 is just as susceptible as any other microphone to noise generated by body hair, fabric and noises typically heard on a person's body--there is no real fix for those issues other than hard work, working with wardrobe and listening intently and trying a new mic placement.
One very annoying downside to the 6061: there is a small diameter cap the clicks in place over the actual capsule of the microphone. BEWARE: this cap can pop off fairly easily and is so small that if you drop it, it will probably be gone forever. There is a significant cost to acquiring a replacement. I forget what the actual $$$ amount for the replacement cap is (I read a colleagues' account at buying a new cap and forget the number he related) but it costs a lot more than it should in my humble opinion.
Another word of caution with this microphone: because it is so very small, mounting the microphone adds a new level of complexity. I have been using adhesive gummy stuff (Joe's Sticky Stuff and Topstick are what I have been using) to attach the mic capsule directly to fabric, behind button holes, to skin and other places and it works pretty well. For the 4061 mics, I typically use a 'mole skin sandwich' and that provides a more suitable surface area to adhere the mic to talent when hiding the microphone. The 6061 requires some further consideration.
I read someplace claiming the 6061 was less susceptible to wind noise than the 4061, which does make some sense given its smaller capsule exposure. That was NOT my experience. I found it equally prone to rumble from wind noise as the 4061. However, given its tiny size, it took very little effort to attach and hide a small wind shield on the 6061--I used a Rycote furry wind cover intended for use with lav microphones.
The 6061 continues DPA's commitment to sonic excellence and delivers audio capture on par with the 4061. Its diminutive size gives sound engineers a new tool set for hiding lav microphones on talent in places and in ways the 4061 was simply too large for.
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