DPA 4018VL-B-B01 Handheld Microphone


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The d:facto™ Vocal Microphone is engineered especially for vocal performances onstage. It captures electrifying stage performances and accurately replicates a singer’s voice transparently, consistently and thrillingly. The mic is optimized for use in sound reinforcement as well as recording applications. It offers natural sound, high separation from distant sound sources and SPL handling up to 160 dB.

The phantom-powered DPA handle has a sleek look and state-of-the-art electronic design.

And, if you decide to go wireless, you can just switch to an adapter for wireless at a quarter of the cost of a new microphone. The modular nature of the d:facto™ series allows you to switch both the capsule as well as the adapter.

The d:facto™ Supercardioid Capsule features an isolation-optimized supercardioid polar pattern. It is specifically designed to augment the human vocal range. It uses directional characteristic from the best of two worlds – both cardioid and supercardioid patterns. The capsule’s directional pattern and definition gives high separation and true sound color onstage. It is ideal for PA amplification and recording. Frequency response and phase, both on- and off-axis, is linear. You can remove the capsule and replace it with any other d:facto™ or d:dicate™ capsule if your needs change.

The mic also features a robust three-stage pop protection grid built into the microphone that removes unwanted noise.

Although this version of the d:facto™ Vocal Microphone comes with a d:facto™ Handle for a wired solution, the d:facto™ Vocal Microphone is also the perfect choice to use with your favorite wireless system.

Flexible adapter system

This gives you flexible, simple and affordable possibilities. With the d:facto™ series, you are no longer bound to one wireless system. As circumstances change, you can just switch your adapter at a quarter of the cost of a new microphone. You won’t hear any loss in sound quality.

d:facto™ adapters work with all leading wireless mic solutions, such as Lectrosonics, Sennheiser, Shure, Sony and Wisycom. DPA Microphones’ ingenious adapter system is one of a kind in the industry. This modular system protects your investment in fantastic sound for years to come.

See all our d:facto™ Adapters for wireless and find an adapter that fits your wireless system.

“They just sound great. The d:facto™ Vocal Microphone is genius. Even in a small club I can get it as loud as most dynamic mics without hideous feedback, but the sound quality and ‘intelligibility’ is still there.”

– Phil Jones, Front of House Engineer for Royal Blood

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The product offers the following features
Extraordinarily natural sound
Perfectly uniform supercardioid directionality
High separation
Extreme SPL handling: 160 dB
Low handling noise
Sleek design
Flexible adapter system fits most professional wireless systems
What’s in the Box
1-MMC4018V Supercardioid Microphone Capsule
1-d:facto Handle for Wired XLR (FAADPA2B)
1-Clip for d:dacto (DUA0715)

Typical on and off-axis response of a d:facto™ Vocal Microphone with DPA Handle for Wired, Supercardioid

d:facto™ Vocal Microphone with DPA Handle, Supercardioid



Directional pattern
Principle of operation
    Pressure gradient
Cartridge type
    Pre-polarized condenser
Frequency range
    20 Hz – 20 kHz, permanent third order high pass filter at 80 Hz
Frequency range, ±2 dB, at 12 cm (4.7 in)
    100 Hz – 16 kHz with 3 dB soft boost at 12 kHz
Sensitivity, nominal, ±2 dB at 1 kHz
    5 mV/Pa; -46 dB re. 1 V/Pa
Equivalent noise level, A-weighted
   Typ. 19 dB(A) re. 20 µPa (max. 21 dB(A))
S/N ratio (A-weighted), re. 1 kHz at 1 Pa (94 dB SPL)
    Typ. 75 dB(A)
Total harmonic distortion (THD)
    < 1% up to 139 dB SPL peak
Dynamic range
    Typ. 120 dB
Max. SPL, peak before clipping
    160 dB
Output impedance
    100 Ω
Minimum load impedance
   1 kΩ
Cable drive capability
    100 m (328 ft)
Output balance principle
    Impedance balancing with Active Drive
Common mode rejection ratio (CMRR)
    > 50 dB at 1 kHz
Power supply (for full performance)
   48 V Phantom power (± 4 V)
Current consumption
   Max. 2 mA
   XLR-3M. Pin 1: shield, Pin 2: signal + phase, Pin 3: – phase
   Matte black
   309 g (10.9 oz)
Microphone diameter
   52 mm (2.05 in)
Capsule diameter
   19 mm (0.75 in)
Microphone length
   205 mm (8.1 in)
Maximum output voltage, RMS
   8 V
   +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%

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 8 × 3 in

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