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DPA 4017 and 4018 Review


Ty Ford
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Had a chance to get the 8060 out today, and I must say I'm quite impressed. It's a bit more present and punchy than the 4017. Quite 416-like in that sense, but way smoother off axis, and good up close where 416 and CMIT fail due to design.

It still won't be a good match for 2nd boom in a handoff situation, but ok for 2 mics on/off camera, or male/female, or perspective difference in staging and camera placement, etc.

So without more extensive research, preferring 8060 over other shotgun choices. 

I have 4011C DPA which is quite lovely, and a closer match to 50 indoors. Nice as a single mic in a car too. 

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I did a bit of a comparison between the 8060, 4017 and 416 the other week.  There's actually not much in it reach-wise (less than I thought).  416 is certainly noisier and the off axis isn't good.  There's quite a drastic difference in sound between the 8060 and 4017.  Not that one's 'better' than the other but I think the 4017 would be a better match with an MKH50, while the 8060 would be a better match for an 8050 (annoyingly the other recordist's MKH50 was being serviced at the time)

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Yes the cs3e is horrible indoors, that's where Iam hopefully by the 4017c will take over and maybe even replace the cs3e completely

 

 

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I woud strongly suggest getting a b pre amp in the future if you can. The filter/shelf is very well designed and worth having in many situations. I'm going to get a c pre at some point, but can only see a few rare situations where the difference in sound is worth the loss in size.

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I beta tested some cinela mounts and it is impossible to mount a C amp in a cinela "without covering the microphone holes".

While I am all about smaller and lighter I rather have a bigger mic with Cinela then smaller mic with the rest of the mount manufacturers.

 

 

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I'm using a Rycote invision which fits perfectly onto C pre, and which supports the 4017 perfectly. 

I suppose I work in a more "controlled" narrative environment, where boom ops are only responsible for booming, so handling noise is not an issue. 

yea...one day... One day I will not have to hold the boom with one hand while making adjustment with the other and swinging 90 degrees ... 😊

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Obviouslt equipment needs vary. The only thing we all need is quality and reliability :-)

and to that end, I believe that DPA's approach is perfect: a modular series with different preamps so everyone can mix and match to suit their needs. I don't think any other manufacturer has followed this route as decicively as DPA has

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