Having already reviewed DPA’s lovely d:screet SC4098 supercardioid podium microphone in both house-of-worship (HOW) and theater environments (in Pro Sound News’ June 2015 issue), I revisited this world-class microphone recently, pairing it with the new DM6000 Microphone Base, an incredibly flexible product that can be used on tabletops or lecterns, or hung from the ceiling. Specifically in the latter placement, the DM6000 is a great choice for spot-miking speaker/vocalists as well as specific sections of a choir or church band/orchestra, instrumentalist, piano, or perhaps any other sound source where a low-visibility microphone solution is desired. In use, I temporarily installed dual DM6000 bases in a local church in which I often conduct reviews; along with performing flawlessly, these podium products were easy to mount and looked oh-so clean in both table-top and ceiling applications.
Available in three different cable versions—unbalanced MicroDot, balanced un-terminated (for easy use with Phoenix connectors), or balanced XLR—the DM6000 base as well as the multi-length d:screet SC4098 offerings are usefully available in black or white. The DM6000 is super low-profile, too: at 0.59-inches high, it sits flat against any surface. The white and black models would admittedly blend well in most HOW and theater environments, respectively, where often discreet technology is nearly as good as invisible.
Strother Bullins is NewBay Media’s Technology Editor, AV/Pro Audio Group, active musician, recordist and club-level sound reinforcement wrangler. firstname.lastname@example.org