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  • Press Release

    Audio Test Kitchen Creates Virtual Mic Comparison

    October 10, 2019, 4:39 pm
    DPA Microphones’ 4041, 4011 and 4006 Support Unbiased Listening
    Environment Through Continuous, Identical Audio Conditions

    LOS ANGELES, OCTOBER 10, 2019 – Launched by co-founders Alex Oana and Ian Hlatky,
    Audio Test Kitchen is
    the world’s first online, unbiased, virtual microphone
    showroom. In order to provide the most comprehensive sound collection of all large
    condenser microphones available on the market today, Oana and Hlatky sought a microphone
    source that could help maintain identical conditions over a long period of time.
    The duo found their solution with
    DPA Microphones 4041, 4011 and
    4006 microphones.



     



    Touted as the most comprehensive
    microphone comparison platform on the Internet, Audio Test Kitchen is a free website
    that allows consumers to audition equipment right from their own studio.
    Audio Test Kitchen allows people to hear and compare the sound of hundreds
    of different large diaphragm condenser microphones with no bias.



     



    Using multiple audio sources across a variety of genres, Audio Test
    Kitchen has been able to showcase the personality of each large diaphragm condenser
    microphone. “DPA plays a crucial role in how Audio Test Kitchen brings this
    resource to the world,” says Oana. “We utilize DPA microphones in ways that
    they may never have been implemented before. One of those is core to Audio Test
    Kitchen’s mission: creating an unbiased listening environment. In order to do
    that, every large diaphragm microphone has to record the source under identical
    conditions. Literally every new large diaphragm mic we put up, one of our DPA mics
    is also being recorded as a reference point to ensure that our source never changes.”



     



    The team at Audio Test Kitchen is able to guarantee the consistency of
    all its microphone playbacks by utilizing the DPA 4041 Large Diaphragm and 4006
    Omnidirectional mics as reference points. This ensures that website visitors are
    only hearing the difference between these large diaphragm microphone products
    themselves.



     



    Audio Test Kitchen also uses its DPA mics to record vocals and acoustic
    sources, one of the most important applications for large diaphragm condenser microphones.
    “We didn’t want listeners comparing
    mics on Audio Test Kitchen to incorrectly assume the nuances between different
    vocal takes were attributed to sonic changes between microphones,”
    adds Oana. “With
    DPA mics, we are able to maintain 100-percent consistency by capturing one
    vocal performance in an anechoic chamber using DPA’s high-resolution 4011 cardioid
    mic and subsequently replaying that audio through a specially tuned loudspeaker
    that serves as a surrogate for the human voice. We call this process, ‘bottling
    the source,’ and it allows us to capture and reproduce only the pure sound of
    the voice itself.”



     



    For Oana and Hlatky, even the selection of the recording and source-mic
    solutions took a great deal of research and reviewing. “DPA was among the first
    mics we tried in this bottling and re-amp system we developed,” says Oana. “After
    comparing six or seven mics, we arrived at the DPA 4011 as being one of our two
    bottling microphones. This high-quality cardioid microphone has the ability to
    capture the natural sound of a voice or acoustic guitar and retain all the life
    and intimacy in our re-amp system. It sounds as if each one of these 250 large-diaphragm
    condenser mics was in front of the source, live, from the beginning. It removes
    a layer of translation.”



     



    In creating Audio Test Kitchen, the co-founders felt an immense responsibility
    to honor the design and the blood, sweat and tears that the manufacturers have poured
    into their products. “We have to represent all of the manufacturers with the
    utmost accuracy so that users can be sure what they are hearing is true,” adds Oana.
    “DPA’s attention to the smallest of details is now cascading into Audio Test Kitchen’s
    users’ ability to hear the true personality of the 250 large condenser-style
    mics. I think it’s easy to take for granted the care, design, passion and professionalism
    that a manufacturer like DPA pours into its products. In addition, the team at
    DPA, especially Chris Spahr and Gabriel Antonini, were incredibly supportive of
    us from the early stages and we are extremely grateful for their help in
    bringing this resource to the public.”



     



    ABOUT DPA MICROPHONES:



    DPA Microphones is the
    leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone
    solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide
    its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its
    markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and
    broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor
    does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the
    DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their
    exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme
    reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound. For more information,
    please visit
    www.dpamicrophones.com.

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