DPA 2015 Compact Wide Cardioid Microphone Stereo Pair


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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DPA 2015 Compact Wide Cardioid Mic Kit offers an expansive pick-up pattern, ideal for more distant miking.

In live performances, when a conventional cardioid pattern falls short, you can choose a pair of 2015 Compact Wide Cardioids. They excel as overheads, capturing the entire group of instruments, such as a drum kit.

Furthermore, when you’re recording instrument groups with intricate radiation patterns, the wide cardioid design, also known as hemispheric, subcardioid, or hypercardioid, covers a broader sound angle, making it an excellent choice.

In terms of durability, the 2015 microphone is built to withstand rough handling on a hectic live stage. Its robust brass body construction is both durable and corrosion-resistant. Additionally, a protective black chrome finish on the mic’s handle and grille ensures graceful aging.

Regarding sound directionality, the 2015 features a wide cardioid capsule with DPA’s renowned flat off-axis response. This characteristic not only provides high gain-before-feedback but also helps sound engineers naturally and effectively manage bleed from nearby instruments.

When you consider its pick-up pattern, you can position the 2015 very close to the drum kit’s overhead position. This placement results in a stronger signal from the drum kit and reduces stage bleed.

In terms of sound reproduction, like all other DPA microphones, the 2015 ensures the delivery of pure, transparent sound quality.

With its compact design, you can purchase the 2015 as a single mic, but its true potential shines when you use it as a matched stereo pair, selected with +/- 1.5 dB sensitivity tolerance. The compact design of this stereo pair guarantees an open, natural sound pick-up without obstructing the captivating action on stage.

Key Applications Include:

  • Overheads on drums
  • Grand piano, positioned near or far from 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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