Optimized for speech
- Small footprint, lightweight
- Enhances speech intelligibility
- Built-in shock mount
- Resistant to moisture, extreme temperatures and humidity
- Extensions and range of mounting options available (4099 series of clips)
- Specific interview kit for broadcast
With its supercardioid polar plot, the 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun Mic offers a highly-directional pick-up pattern as well as low self noise and high sensitivity. The mic is capable of handling high SPLs, which allows it to deliver undistorted natural sound, even when users speak loudly or yell. With a linear response, low distortion and an extremely large dynamic range, it sounds great no matter how challenging the environment. In addition, dialog and background noise off to the side (off-axis) of the microphone preserves the audio quality; it just drops in level.
A flexible broadcast solution for challenging times
The 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun Mic is a lightweight, easy-to-use, multi-purpose problem solver for a range of broadcasting situations – including interviewing as well as voice over work.
This mic makes it easy to deliver great sound in challenging situations. It shines in outdoor locations, handling inclement weather and limiting intrusive background noises. It’s a professional solution for professional broadcasters.
Due to the highly-directional pick-up pattern, it is easy to focus on what the interviewee is saying. While the speaker’s voice is captured clearly in front of the mic, background noises are captured at a lower level (off axis), making the entire interview clear and pleasant to listen to.
In addition, the mic has low self-noise, high sensitivity and is capable of handling high SPLs. Even if the interviewee yells, the sound will still be natural and undistorted.
With a linear response, low distortion and a large dynamic range, this mic captures amazing sound no matter how challenging the environment. In fact, the 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun Mic is outfitted to be used in difficult broadcast locations. The built-in shock mount is handy when distance interviewing.
Rugged enough for film sets
Wind machines, rain machines, tight costumes, quick changes – these are normal situations on some film sets and they require durable microphones. The 4097 Plant Mic was built to withstand harsh use as well as water, wind, dust, heat, cold and many other tough conditions that can be commonly found both on location and on a film set.
A good plant mic is very handy and easy to set up. I often have to move the mics quickly from scene to scene so being able to mount the mic quickly and move it to a new location quickly is vital.
– Allan Holmberg, film sound engineer
The 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun Mic is outfitted specifically so that it can be used in difficult filming locations like a car. Its foam windscreen protects it from wind noise, even when windows are down (due to tight spaces and camera placement). The built-in shock mount is also particularly useful when filming in a moving car. It has a small, slim, unobtrusive footprint and a black matte, non-reflective surface, which diminishes reflections from lights, making it even easier on the film crew.
A swivel mechanism at the MicroDot termination of the gooseneck has been added in order to allow the right aiming of the mic directly from the transmitter. This is especially important for quick mounting in tight spaces like in a car. With the 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun Mic, a sound engineer can clip the transmitter onto the sun visor and quickly turn the mic head in the direction of the actors.
Film and television sets tend to be fast-paced, high-stress environments and working as a sound engineer requires patience, flexibility and the right tool kit. While booming is, a traditional and often used style of miking on set, often a script/set renders booming impractical, so sound engineers must turn to lavs and plant mics.
Sometimes if you need to use different types of mics on a set, it can be a challenge for post production to create a consistent sound. The 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun Mic has the same sonic character as all other DPA mics typically used on film sets, such as the 4017 Shotgun Mic that is typically used on booms as well as the 4060 and 6060 lavalier mics, often used hidden in costumes. Having microphones with similar sound characteristics regardless of their form factor and pick-up pattern, is a great advantage for the film crew, as it helps reduce the cost of producing the sound mix. The post production process is much faster and retains the original information because the sound engineer doesn’t have to cover up for mics with wildly different sonic characters.
Interference tube and CORE by DPA technology
The 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun Mic uses a small-diaphragm, pre-polarized condenser capsule with a supercardioid pickup pattern mounted deep inside a small interference tube, which sits inside of a small replaceable foam windscreen.
The interference tube used increases the mic’s directionality, while maintaining flat on-axis frequency response and consistent off-axis response. Increased directionality, combined with good off-axis rejection, allows the microphone to isolate what should be picked up while attenuating sounds from the sides and rear.
CORE by DPA is a powerful technology at the heart of DPA’s miniature microphones. We’ve minimized distortion across the entire dynamic range. You will experience increased audio clarity and openness. All CORE by DPA technology microphones, including the 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun Mic, 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
The IP58 certification and our general production and testing processes ensure a durable product that allows the mics to work optimally in even the harshest environments.