DPA d:vote 4099S - Sax Mic w/Clip

Small-diaphragm Supercardioid Condenser Microphone for Saxophone with Mounting Clip and Gooseneck - Black
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A Perfect Microphone for Your Sax!

The DPA d:vote 4099S miniature condenser microphone helps you get studio-grade sound live, without installing a pickup system in your sax. Whether you play soprano, alto, tenor or baritone, the tiny and unobtrusive 4099S attaches gently and securely to your instrument with a special clip, while the articulating gooseneck lets you position the mic right in the sweet spot. Onstage, you'll really appreciate the mic's supercardioid polar pattern, which maximizes gain-before-feedback. DPA is well known for the exceptional quality of its studio mics. Now you can get that great sound live, with the DPA d:vote 4099S.

DPA d:vote 4099S Sax Microphone with Clip at a Glance:
  • Elegant instrument-miking system gives you studio-grade sound onstage
  • 4099S microphone captures your instrument with accuracy
  • Rugged enough for stage demands, gentle enough for your valuable instruments
  • Can work as a wired mic, or as part of your wireless system
Elegant instrument-miking system gives you studio-grade sound onstage

The DPA 4099S is a unique miniature clip microphone inheriting the sonic attributes of DPA's legendary studio microphones. The purpose-built 4099S mic and mounting system is meticulously designed and optimized for saxophone, ensuring that you get the best possible sound when performing live.

4099 Series microphones capture your instrument with accuracy

Representing years of research and development, DPA's 4099 Series mics feature supercardioid pickup patterns for optimal gain-before-feedback, and are available for a range of instrument types. These miniatures live up to their pedigree, with sound as accurate as DPA's world-class studio microphones.

Rugged enough for stage demands, gentle enough for your valuable instruments

Despite their tiny, discreet size and elegant, lightweight design, DPA's 4099 Series mics are extremely rugged. The versatile gooseneck provides stable and repeatable positioning. What's more, the microphone can be easily unclipped and repositioned or moved to another instrument with only one hand, while the mounting system is designed never to mar or scratch the finish of your precious instrument.

Can work as a wired mic, or as part of your wireless system

DPA 4099 Series microphones can be used as standard 48V phantom powered mics via their included XLR connector. In addition - through the use of optional adapters - they are compatible with virtually any wireless system.

DPA d:vote 4099S Sax Microphone with Clip Features:
  • Purpose-built for soprano, alto, tenor or baritone sax
  • Get studio-grade sound onstage
  • Offers superb gain-before-feedback
  • Compatible with wireless systems (adapters available separately)
  • Flexible, with easy one-hand mounting
  • Gently attaches to your instrument
  • Includes 6" cable and 5.5" gooseneck
  • Requires +48V phantom power
Enjoy studio-grade sound onstage, with the DPA d:vote 4099S mic!

Additional Media

d:vote 4099 Series Spec Sheet
Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Color Black
Connector MicroDot
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 142dB
Output Impedance 40 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 71dB
Self Noise 23dB (A weighted)
Cable Length 6 ft.
Weight 0.07 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number VO4099S

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DPA d:vote 4099S - Sax Mic w/Clip

Aric, at Sweetwater gets 5 stars for excellent customer service!I "A-B" tested three saxophone clip-on microphones in a clean, smoke-free, professional performing/recording environment with a professional audio engineer. The mic's I used for the test were:DPA 4099S (from Sweetwater)AMT Q7-LS (from Applied Microphone Technology Inc)LDM-94W (from Sweetwater)The LDM-94W had a great deal of handling noise, the tone of the mic was simply not up to par and it is was least attractive on the front of the horn. This mic is not worthy of the Sweetwater name and should be removed from their inventory (and, in my opinion, replaced by the AMT LS mic--see below).The AMT is a fabulous mic and the wireless system works very well. It is a very smooth, pleasant sounding mic and one simply has to try it to decide whether it is best for you. If you want a warmer/darker/smoother sound, this could be the mic for you. It is very attractive on the front of the horn; however, it is more bulky than the DPA-4099 because of the wireless transmitter being clipped to the mic out on the bell. The suspension system is fantastic and, although bigger than the DPA, it is aesthetically very pleasing. The word that comes to mind regarding the look of this mic is: "sexy." The hard-wired version would eliminate the bulkiness of the clip on transmitter and AMT told me they are considering creating a belt-pack version. In the context of a pop rock band (keys, drums, electric bass, two electric guitars, 4 singers), it required more EQ than the DPA to sit well in the mix. However, in the context of a straight-ahead jazz combo I can imagine this being the go-to mic for many cats. This mic should definitely be sold by Sweetwater, it is of the highest quality, sonically and mechanically. One last point: the clip-on mechanism for the AMT is very sturdy & solid; however, it is awkward and, in fact, difficult to use--especially with one hand. This should be redesigned to be easy to clip on and off with one hand. If they move forward with the belt pack wireless system design, this would not only reduce the amount of "stuff" out in front of the bell but also reduce the weight and the need for such a strong/difficult clip. If all of these changes were implemented, I would likely be in line to pic up one of these for straight-ahead gigs where I'd like to use a clip-on wireless. This last point is not an issue for single-horn users as it can simply stay on the bell all night. if you want to use the same mic for more than one horn, however, this might be an issue. Also, when using this on the front of my straight soprano, it was too heavy for me to use for a long set. FYI, I'm a medium-build male who works out and does cardio about three days/week. I'm not huge, but I'm not weak and I would not want to have to work as hard as I would have to with all of that gear out on the front of my bell. NOTE: they do have a 2-mic soprano sax option that sounds like a great option, sonically, but I have not yet tried it and it might also be difficult to use live for long sets. For my taste, in the aforementioned pop rock band context, the DPA-4099 had the best balance of partials throughout the frequency spectrum. It had a little more "edge," more higher partials, though not a harsh brightness like some clip-on mics. It also has a bass roll-off built into the mic (or mini gooseneck?) that allows you to go to low Bb without annoying the FOH engineers or the audience with the sonic "BOOM" they would normally have to endure. On this last point, they were careful to not carve the whole thing out, just enough to make low Bb safe to play without worrying (it still has a bump, just not overpowering--won't require FOH to lunge for the fader), a very cool feature. Again, in the pop rock context, this mic required very little EQ and sat beautifully in the mix, the lowest maintenance of all three mic's in this regard. The tone was smooth and full-bodied with, IMO, a great, balanced sound from top to bottom. While I would prefer that they switch to a traditional "pinch clip" (like that which Audio Technica uses) instead of the current clip-on design which relies more on friction, I am getting used to the current design and, so far, have not experienced it falling off. If you are playing soprano sax, you can either leave it clipped on and simply flip the mini-gooseneck around/up before setting it down or pull the mic off and set it down. It is all black and much smaller than the rest and therefore does the least to distract from the natural beauty of your instrument. Lastly, if you wish to use this mic with a Shure or Sennheiser wireless belt pack (which is almost a requirement if you are traveling in the USA), you'll have to spend an additional $ for the tiny "micro-dot" connector/adapter for either the Shure or Sennheise; or, if you travel and work with varying back line companies where one might use Shure and one might use Sennheiser, you'll unfortunately have to do what I did: shell out $ to get one of each.The only other clip-on mic I would have liked to try against the DPA and AMT is the Schoeps CCM 4/4V with the Schoeps SA 2 adapter. Unfortunately, the wait time to get one of these is weeks or months, according to Redding Audio. And, this mic solution is about 4-5 times the cost of the DPA.The DPA d:vote 4099S Sax Mic with Clip gets 5 stars for excellent sonic and mechanical quality; however, it gets a full star off for the following reasons. The first half star off is for the clip which should take no more than 1 second to attach to the bell. Instead, it takes at least 2-4 seconds to make sure it is on safely. For saxophonists like me who switch between alto/tenor and soprano, a quick and secure switch is critical. When you're performing, you can't afford to have a mic fall off; so, with this clip design, you just have to take an extra second or two to make sure it won't fall. I much prefer the instant and instantly-secure feeling of the clip-on mechanism used by Audio Technica (IMO, the sonic superiority of the DPA outweighs this issue). The second half star off is for the tiny "micro-dot" connector/adapter that they charge an additional $ for. Not a cool move for an otherwise great clip-on saxophone mic solution.
Music background: Saxophonist, Composer, Arranger, Producer
See also: Condenser Mics, DPA, DPA Condenser Microphones, DPA Condenser Microphones