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The Red Howler harmonica mic from Digital Reference is a dynamic microphone with comfortable handling while providing a rich, warm tone. It's tailored frequency and unique shape make it ideal for hand... Read More

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The Red Howler harmonica mic from Digital Reference is a dynamic microphone with comfortable handling while providing a rich, warm tone. It's tailored frequency and unique shape make it ideal for handheld use during a harmonica performance. A volume knob on the back enables you to adjust the volume during a performance. It has a 3 meter cord to give you plenty of room for getting down during your solos.

Features
  • Professional harmonica microphone for use with amps
  • Rich, warm tone
  • Comfortable grip
  • Attached 6mm x 3m dual-core shielded cable
  • 1/4" plug output connector
Specifications
  • Type: Dynamic microphone
  • Polar pattern: Omni-directional
  • Frequency response: 100-6,000Hz
  • Sensitivity: -48dBV/Pa (4.0mV/Pa) at 1000Hz
  • Rated impedance, unbalanced
  • Min. Loading Impedance: 100kOhms
  • Polarity: Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on output plug
  • Dimensions: 63mm x 80mm
  • Weight: 650g (with cable)
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4.6

(based on 10 reviews)

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Great Harp Mic

This is the first "harp" mice I have owned, I always just played thru a regualr dynamic mic in the past. I purchased this when it first came out, and have...Read complete review

This is the first "harp" mice I have owned, I always just played thru a regualr dynamic mic in the past. I purchased this when it first came out, and have no regrets. This mic has good tone, a Chicago Blues kinda tone to it, is the best way I can describe it. I have run it thru tube amps, modeling amps, and straight to a board, and it has never let me down. It fits in your hands well, and where they placed the volume control on this mic is a bonus. I have not had any problems with feedback when using this mic. It's built like a tank, I have dropped by accident a few times, and it has survived with no dents or scrapes. The cord is more than long enough to cover most places you will gig. If I ever need another harp mic, I'd get another one of these.

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Still New To Me

I bought this microphone a few days ago. So far I was impressed with how it sounded from an P.A. amplifier. I haven't tried the amp since but I did use the microphone...Read complete review

I bought this microphone a few days ago. So far I was impressed with how it sounded from an P.A. amplifier. I haven't tried the amp since but I did use the microphone with a computer interface so that I could record songs with my band on the computer. For this use I was disappointed. The Red Howler sounded like any other microphone but with a much more narrow frequency response. Perhaps I still must learn how to grip the harp more closely with my hands. But so far I am unable to give the microphone more than 3 stars because using the microphone with a computer interface was my primary purpose for buying this. Also, the microphone is permanently attached to the cable. This means that the mic must be packed in the same container as the dirty cable. Cables get dirty hence the microphone gets dirty. For this drawback I will give the microphone 3 stars and overall I will give it the benefit of the doubt-3 stars. I have been playing since my Dad gave me a Blues harp when I was 6 years old.Forty Four years later I think I can play decently.

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5.0

.Red Howler Mic

By Joe Robinson

from Cedarville, AR

Red Howler mic is the best in line next to the Bullet mics. Reasonibly priced, performs well, and is an overall good choice for the player

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5.0

Like a green bullet only RED

By mr mike

from MASSACHUSETTS

Ive been playing harp since 1967 and still have my original Shure green bullet and original pignose amp. I was going to buy the latest green bullet because I wanted a volume control so I could turn up at the amp and turn down at the instrument to get a compressed punchy sound. At guitar center I saw the Red Howler and it was on sale. I bought the Red Howler because of the volume control which is excellent by the way. I have tried it through the PA, a Roland Micro cube, A Line 6 FlexPro III, A Marshall and a crate Limo portable amp. It has very extraordinary sound through any application and I would rate it right there with the Green bullet. So nice I went and picked up a second one just to have as a backup. TRY IT YOU WILL LIKE IT. !!!!

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for harmonica, alright for singing

By Donald Jones

from Ammon Idaho

The Red Howler Harmonica Mic is pretty comfortable to hold when you're playing harmonica, and the sound is fantastic. I bought it for singing though, and even though the sounds is pretty close to what I was looking for, the microphone doesn't have a handle. You also can't put it on a stand. I'm planning on just using duck tape to keep it in place, but that was still a little bit of a letdown. My own fault though, it's still a good sounding microphone.

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5.0

indestructible

By aj cascio

from Shreveport, La

A great all around mic. But the main thing I have to say is no matter how many times I have dropped it it keeps on working.

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Still New To Me

By Michael Surmick

from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I bought this microphone a few days ago. So far I was impressed with how it sounded from an P.A. amplifier. I haven't tried the amp since but I did use the microphone with a computer interface so that I could record songs with my band on the computer. For this use I was disappointed. The Red Howler sounded like any other microphone but with a much more narrow frequency response. Perhaps I still must learn how to grip the harp more closely with my hands. But so far I am unable to give the microphone more than 3 stars because using the microphone with a computer interface was my primary purpose for buying this. Also, the microphone is permanently attached to the cable. This means that the mic must be packed in the same container as the dirty cable. Cables get dirty hence the microphone gets dirty. For this drawback I will give the microphone 3 stars and overall I will give it the benefit of the doubt-3 stars. I have been playing since my Dad gave me a Blues harp when I was 6 years old.Forty Four years later I think I can play decently.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Surprised

By Mike

from Huntington Beach, CA

Recieved as a gift. I had very low expectations however was pleasantly surprised. Basically, the Red Howler is a dynamic mic in a small shell with a hard-wired, hi-Z, 1/4" cable and a volume control. It sounds alot like a Shure SM-57 through my tube amp (with a low-z transformer) only with a much lower output. Through my 69 Champ, it gives a nice controllable growl when cupped tightly. Loosen the grip or even one-handed, the tone definitley "opens up" however it also thins out. Finding the right combo of amp and mic is always the second order of business when it comes to amplified harp tone. The first? Getting a good tone acoustically of course! What works for the guy playing the 2k amp and the 3 hundred dollar mic may work for him but it may not work for you. Are you going to see the pros playing the Red Howler anytime soon? Probably not. However I would wager that any pro would find this mic usable in some way and would have no issues doing so. They all know: it ain't the gear, its the player! Because its got a dynamic element, its not relegated to one sound like a crystal. My effects pedals like the signal from this mic so much better than my modded JT-30.With the inherent crunch that comes from playing through my Silver-Faced Champ, the low output from this mic is actually a good combination with that amp. This mic with a large-powered clean amp would not provide the crunch I require however if you like a clean sound this would work just fine through such an amp. I've had the mic only 2 weeks so I cant speak to reliablilty yet. The 9' cord is hard wired into the back of the mic (as is Shure's Green Bullet). The volume control seems a bit flimsy and the element itself is definitely not the best. The shell is small, light, controured for your grip and a pretty cool red shade of red. Very easy for even small hands to get a good cup around it if you are seeking the Chicago tone however needs to be in combo with a cranked low-watt tube amp to get there. The grill is secured by screws on each side. Every component of this mic is modifiable and replaceable. I'm not touching a thing until I need to but when it's time, it will be easy to do. I always have a back up or two come gig time and yes, I will be gigging with it. I never would have purchased this mic for myself however recieving it as gift has reminded me to keep my mind open as you never know when you are going to be hit with a surprise from an unexpected source. My wife picked it up at our local GC on sale for 70US. CHEAP!!!! Remember!! Our harp heroes took what was available at that time and made it work. Back then, it was a desktop dispatch mic and a beatup tube amp or PA. None of them really gave a hoot about the equipment they were playing through and no matter what they had, they always ended sound just like themselves. Find your own tone and own it!

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not Bad

By Bonz

from Sarasota Fl

I am very happy with the quality of sound. It has a very nice fit and finish to it. It is substantially built(heavy). The volume knob operates smoothly and has a stop at 1/2 volume which should keep you from accidentally rolling it up to high in one quick turn. The volume knob is a little small and in front of the cord so it takes a second hand to adjust. The cord is about 20' long and hard wired into the mic, no plug connection so don't damage the cord or you will have to solder a new one in. Because there is no collar on the mic you can't clip it into a stand like a Bushman Nandy so you will be holding it all the time. All in all it is not a bad mic it looks dynamite and sounds good.

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(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It works great!

By Matt

from knoxville TN

I purchased this mic a couple weeks ago. It is the first harp mic I have owned , and it has worked perfectly for me. The sound from it is the blues sound I was looking for and it sounds cool as a voice mic too.

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(4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

singer / songwriter

By Kelly Collom

from Louisiana

My friend has this item and I love it. It is my next purchase. The red is hot looking I love it and love the sound you get with the harp. Also the Hohner harps sound great with it I have the set of seven.

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(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Harp Mic

By Scotty Mayhaw

from Dallas,TX

This is the first "harp" mice I have owned, I always just played thru a regualr dynamic mic in the past. I purchased this when it first came out, and have no regrets. This mic has good tone, a Chicago Blues kinda tone to it, is the best way I can describe it. I have run it thru tube amps, modeling amps, and straight to a board, and it has never let me down. It fits in your hands well, and where they placed the volume control on this mic is a bonus. I have not had any problems with feedback when using this mic. It's built like a tank, I have dropped by accident a few times, and it has survived with no dents or scrapes. The cord is more than long enough to cover most places you will gig. If I ever need another harp mic, I'd get another one of these.

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