DPA 2012 Compact Cardioid Microphone Stereo Pair


The DPA 2012 Compact Cardioid Microphone is an all-round generalist pencil mic that guarantees excellent results on any instrument on a live stage 

✔️ Durable, reinforced construction 

✔️ Excellent transient response  

✔️ Uniform cardioid directionality  

✔️ Outstanding SPL handling 

✔️ Natural and precise sound reproduction 



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The DPA 2012 is the best all-round, generalist mic that you can find to cover a range of close-miking needs. It is a robust and reliable condenser mic, best for single instrument pickup. Its powerful characteristics, makes it extremely flexible & will shine on any instrument, particularly those in the high-frequency range. 

Durable, reinforced construction 

The 2012 is constructed to withstand rough handling on a hectic live stage. It has a thicker, more robust body construction of brass that is very durable and known for its corrosion resistance and tolerance against metal fatigue. In addition to the heavy-duty materials used, the surfaces of the mic handle and grille are treated with a protective black chrome finish, which ensures more graceful ageing.  

Unmatched transient response  

The 2012, is a professional condenser mic, making it the best choice for those instruments that produce high frequencies. It has a far better transient response than any dynamic microphone, which allows it to pick up the most delicate sound with tremendous accuracy. 

Uniform cardioid directionality 

The 2012 has a cardioid capsule with DPA’s famously flat off-axis response. Besides a high gain-before-feedback, this characteristic makes it easier for sound engineers to handle bleed from other instruments at close proximity. The 2012 picks up off-axis sounds in a very natural and attenuated way.    

Outstanding SPL handling 

The 2012 can cope with both extremely high SPLs as well as capture very delicate sounds. With a max SPL, peak before clipping of 156 dB, the 2012, works well on many different instruments and can handle the loudest drums, guitars, horns and more.  

Natural and precise sound reproduction 

Like all other DPA microphones, the 2012 delivers pure, transparent sound quality.   

Key applications 

  • Hi-hats 
  • Snare drum 
  • Electric guitar cabinets 
  • Percussion 
  • Conga, bongos 
  • Acoustic guitars
  • Horns


Directional pattern Cardioid
Principle of operation Pressure gradient
Cartridge type Pre-polarized condenser
Frequency response 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Frequency range, ±2 dB, at 30 cm (11.8 in) 40Hz – 20kHz 
Sensitivity, nominal, ±2 dB at 1 kHz 8 mV/Pa; -42 dB re. 1 V/Pa
Equivalent noise level, A-weighted Typ. 20 dB(A) re. 20 µPa (max. 22 dB(A))
Distortion, THD < 1% 148 dB SPL (151 dB SPL peak)
Dynamic range Typ. 131 dB
Max. SPL, THD 10% 153 dB SPL (156 dB SPL peak)
Rated output impedance 60 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 0.7 mA
Connector XLR-3M. Pin 1: shield, Pin 2: signal + phase, Pin 3: – phase
Colour Matte black
Weight 83 g (2.9 oz)
Microphone diameter 19 mm (0.75 in)
Microphone length 94 mm (3.7 in)
Maximum output voltage, RMS 8.7 V (21 dBu)
Polarity +V at pin 2 for positive sound pressure
Temperature range -40°C to 45°C (-40°F to 113°F)
Relative humidity (RH) Up to 90%
Sensitivity selection tolerance (at 1 kHz) ±1.5 dB


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