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If you’ve had a special question on your mind for a while now, then here’s an opportunity to ask it
We’ll forward your questions directly to our CEO Roman Perschon, who will be answering them for this newsletter because if there’s anyone who has all the important answers, it’s him. At least, as long as they’re about microphones or about LEWITT. Or about both. Just send your questions with the subject “Question for the boss” to firstname.lastname@example.org; each month, in an entirely un-democratic fashion, we’ll be selecting the most interesting one – and answering it comprehensively.
What’s the point of sticking two elements in one kick drum mic?
Asked by an unknown visitor to our Indian distributor Beatbox Entertainment’s booth at PALM Expo 2014 in Mumbai while pointing at the DTP 640 REX.
Having a dynamic and a high-SPL condenser element phase aligned in one mic is a handy solution and provides endless possibilities for recording and sound reinforcement.
Due to the relatively high mass of the dynamic diaphragm, the dynamic element of the DTP 640 REX produces a compressed and thick sound with a high RMS value, but without the extremes that a high-peaking signal would provide. This is where the condenser element comes into play, as it’s capable of delivering a much faster transient response and therefore a more dynamic and exciting sound image.
Mixing these two channels together will provide you with the freedom to adjust the sound from a clean jazz kick drum (condenser) all the way to a high-energy rock sound (dynamic).
Or put differently: the DTP 640 REX is capable of delivering parallel compression processing straight from the sound source!
Another benefit of having a condenser element is its higher sensitivity for the low-frequency range of 70–150 Hz, as well. When the DTP 640 REX is switched to the “dual enhanced frequency” setting, the condenser element focuses only on these very low frequencies and therefore perfectly captures the bottom end of your kick drum sound.