If what's just above this message is DPA's set of polar diagrams for the new microphone, then scb, you wouldn't need to break your "no hypers" pledge for this microphone, because *it isn't a hypercardioid*. Rather, the curves show it as being somewhere between a cardioid and a supercardioid, depending on frequency.

In addition, DPA generally publishes frequency response curves that are corrected for a 30 cm (or about 14") measurement distance, while the other major manufacturers generally use 1 meter. So for directional (pressure gradient) microphones, such graphs include more bass boost from proximity effect than other manufacturers' graphs do. This makes the microphones appear to have better low-frequency response than if DPA used the same measurement approach as the other major manufacturers.

While DPA is admirably open about how they make their measurements, I don't know how many readers realize that they should mentally subtract several dB of low-frequency response from what is shown in these graphs, unless 14" is really a typical miking distance for them. That is, assuming that these are 30 cm graphs as has been DPA's usual practice in the past.

This doesn't apply to their omnidirectional microphones, of course, which are pressure transducers.

(For that matter, the other manufacturers' 1-meter distances also give the low end of their directional microphones a small boost over what would really be picked up in a free-field situation, but at least those curves can be fairly compared to one another since the measuring distance is the same.)

--best regards