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Mark Olsen

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Cheaper Alternative to DPA 4099 (D:Vote)
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:34:13 am »

As the title says .. anyone know anything even close to that DPA 4099, for say USD$300?


I currently have two of the 4099s and I absolutely love them. I have multiple mounts for different instruments and I love them, probably the most versatile microphone I have in my kit.
However, I work with a lot of churches and smaller artists, and for these guys $600 on a microphone is a bit much. They always ask me for recommendations and I don't know what to tell them.
I googled and it looks like the AKG 516 and ATM 350 might be a options, but they seem to be far less flexible with mounting options ..

Mark
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Re: Cheaper Alternative to DPA 4099 (D:Vote)
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2017, 10:07:12 am »

The Shure Beta98 comes in a variety of mounting flavors in a similar form factor to the 4099.

Also might be worth looking at the Audio Technica ATM350 (or even the PRO35)
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Re: Cheaper Alternative to DPA 4099 (D:Vote)
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2017, 12:45:37 pm »

DPA wins at mounting options and flexibility hands down. But I think the Pro 35 is a great lower cost option. I am very happy with the results I get from my Pro 35's on a variety of instruments. The ATM 350 did come with both the clip on goose-neck and a violin mount, if that second style mount is important it can be bought separately and used with the Pro 35.
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Re: Cheaper Alternative to DPA 4099 (D:Vote)
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2017, 02:26:16 pm »

In terms of sound quality, you have no other options.
DPA is not cheap, but comes with a matching sound quality.

In terms of mountiong options and flexibility there are other options, but not with a matching SQ.

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Re: Cheaper Alternative to DPA 4099 (D:Vote)
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2017, 11:22:34 pm »

Hi Mark,

What instruments do you want to put mics on
and
how loud are the stages?
IEMs or wedges?

For Fiddles, Mandolins, Bouzoukis, Banjos and more I'm using a bunch of mics from Bartlett Audio:

 https://www.bartlettaudio.com/collections/instrument-mics

The ATM350 is a good mic but I generally use more EQ with it than the Bartletts.

Compared to the omni Bartletts, the 4099, and in particular the ATM350, have more low-mid presence, which can be useful, or not.

Thanks and good health,  Weogo
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Re: Cheaper Alternative to DPA 4099 (D:Vote)
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2017, 11:13:09 am »

As the title says .. anyone know anything even close to that DPA 4099, for say USD$300?
Mark

At that price point, I would recommend the Thor:Hammer: https://www.amazon.com/Thor-Wireless-Headset-Microphone-connector/dp/B06Y2GS1SW by AVE. It's a legit headworn that's made well.
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Re: Cheaper Alternative to DPA 4099 (D:Vote)
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2017, 11:37:29 am »

At that price point, I would recommend the Thor:Hammer: https://www.amazon.com/Thor-Wireless-Headset-Microphone-connector/dp/B06Y2GS1SW by AVE. It's a legit headworn that's made well.

The DPA 4099 is not a headworn microphone, it's a gooseneck instrument mic. Unless the instrument he's miking is a violin, viola, or flute, it's unlikely that your suggestion will work well.
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Re: Cheaper Alternative to DPA 4099 (D:Vote)
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2017, 06:28:55 pm »

As others have pointed out the 4099 is in a league of its own, however, the atm 350 is a good bet, albeit at a lower performance level.  I donít personally recommend the at35 my experience is that it doesnít have the headroom for many clipon applications.
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Re: Cheaper Alternative to DPA 4099 (D:Vote)
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2017, 08:53:51 am »

Thanks for the responses everyone, I guess it kind of reinforced what I already knew, that the DPA 4099 is awesome, and no-one else comes close.

I'll see if I can find one of the ATM350 or Pro 35 but it sounds like I'll be disappointed.

Mark
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