DPA 2015 Compact Wide Cardioid Microphone 


The 2015 Compact Wide Cardioid Microphone is for ambient pick up of a drum kit or other instrument groups

✔️ Durable, reinforced construction 

✔️ Uniform wide cardioid directionality 

✔️ Spacious sound due to a wide cardioid pick-up pattern  

✔️ Natural and precise sound reproduction 

✔️ Compact design for unobtrusive placement on stage 



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Wide Sound

The DPA 2015 Compact Wide Cardioid Mic is perfect for more distant miking applications due to its wide pick-up pattern

In a live situation when a conventional cardioid pattern isn’t quite open enough, choose a pair of 2015 Compact Wide Cardioids. They work ideally as overheads to capture a balanced sound of the entire group of instruments, like a drum kit.    

Also, when recording instrument groups with complex radiation patterns, the wide cardioid (also known as hemispheric, subcardioid or hypercardioid) design covers a greater sound angle and is an excellent choice.  

Durable, reinforced construction 

The 2015 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, a protective black chrome finish on the mic’s handle and grille ensures more graceful ageing. 

Uniform cardioid directionality 

The 2015 has a wide 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 2015 picks up off-axis sounds in a very natural and attenuated way.    

Spacious, wide cardioid pick-up pattern 

The 2015 can be positioned very close to the drum kit’s overhead position. This will still allow for “even sound” capture across the entire drum kit. This closer position results in stronger signal from the drum kit and therefore less bleed from the stage. 

Natural and precise sound reproduction 

Like all other DPA microphones, the 2015 delivers pure, transparent sound quality. 

Compact design for unobtrusive placement on stage 

Although the 2015 can be purchased as a single mic, it really shines as a matched stereo pair, selected with +/- 1.5 dB sensitivity tolerance. The compact design of this stereo pair ensures an open, natural sound pick-up without blocking any of the exciting action on stage.  

Key applications 

  • Overheads on drums 
  • Grand piano, away or close to the strings 
  • Horn groups 
  • Vibraphones
  • Xylophones 
  • Large marimbas 
  • Other large instruments  


Directional pattern Wide 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) 40 Hz – 18 kHz 
Sensitivity, nominal, ±2 dB at 1 kHz 12 mV/Pa; -37.7 dB re. 1 V/Pa
Equivalent noise level, A-weighted Typ. 18 dB(A) re. 20 µPa (max. 20 dB(A))
Distortion, THD < 1% 147 dB SPL (150 dB SPL peak)
Dynamic range Typ. 132 dB
Max. SPL, THD 10% 150 dB SPL (153 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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