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DPA 4018 vs Schoeps CMC1/MK41/CUT-Filter audio quality test


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To me, the DPA sounded more neutral, and smoother.  The Schoeps sounded warmer, but some high frequencies sounded a little harsh.  I could have lived with that, but I noticed some artifacts from the Schoeps when I was recording too near a wall.  (The DPA didn't have the problem.)

 

All in all, it just boils down to personal preference. 

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1 minute ago, KC Kelly said:

To me, the DPA sounded more neutral, and smoother.  The Schoeps sounded warmer, but some high frequencies sounded a little harsh.  I could have lived with that, but I noticed some artifacts from the Schoeps when I was recording too near a wall.  (The DPA didn't have the problem.)

 

All in all, it just boils down to personal preference. 

 

Hhmm.. Interesting.

 

KC, do you still have those tests?  Would you be willing to share?

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Thanks for the test.

My preference goes to the Schoeps.

I found the DPA a bit flat here (and even too thin when used with low cut on + hight boost on, but what is the point of the hight boost on in that setup?). Whereas the Schoeps sound nice to my hear both with and without the CUT 1 on.

Both are great mikes of course.

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I have the feeling that the Schoeps is more "dry", with less room acoustics.

But it depends on the takes and thus on the exact placement.

Both are of course supercarioids but the Schoeps seems to have more reach.

It's worth noting that a mike developped at the begining of the 70's is still a reference.

As I often say, I am not rich enough to buy low cost, meaning that if you spend well, your investments will last for decades, and this is so true with this kind of mikes.

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