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Heil Sound PR40 Large Diaphragm Multipurpose Dynamic Microphone  

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The Heil Sound PR40 is a full-range dynamic microphone designed with the ability to reproduce frequencies as low as 28Hz, ideal for live sound, recording, and broadcast applications. The unique, coppe... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Heil Sound PR40 is a full-range dynamic microphone designed with the ability to reproduce frequencies as low as 28Hz, ideal for live sound, recording, and broadcast applications. The unique, copper-wound voice coil uses a mixed metallic magnet structure that creates a magnetic field 10 times stronger than most mics. Coupled with a large 1-1/2", low-mass, quilted aluminum diaphragm, this makes for tremendous low-frequency response and low distortion throughout the PR40 mic's wide frequency range. A unique dual pop screen design ensures that breath blasts never hit the diaphragm directly.

Features
  • Large 1-1/2" aluminum diaphragm
  • Wide frequency response, down to 28Hz
  • End fire, cardioid pattern
  • Low handling noise
  • Natural articulation
Specifications
  • Generating element: Copper-wound dynamic with neodymium magnet structure
    Body: Steel body with zinc die-cast bottom ring
    Frequency response: 28Hz to 18kHz
    Impedance: 600 ohms balanced
    Output level: -53.9dB @ 1,000 Hz.
    Polar pattern: End fire, cardioid, uniform front to back discrimination
    Diaphragm: Large diameter low-mass aluminum
    Finish: Anodized champagne matte
    Net weight: 1 lb.
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Heil SoundPR40 Large Diaphragm Multipurpose Dynamic Microphone
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (4)
  • Good audio (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Truly Innovative Mic

I'd been wanting to try Heil mics for some time now, and finally got the chance (or excuse, rather) to buy a PR40. To be perfectly honest, it took some getting used...Read complete review

I'd been wanting to try Heil mics for some time now, and finally got the chance (or excuse, rather) to buy a PR40. To be perfectly honest, it took some getting used to this mic; its response is flat throughout the majority of the audio spectrum, with a boost in the 3K range. This meant that for the first time, I was hearing how instruments actually sounded, and it caught me off guard. Kick drums are rich and full, with boom and click; bass guitar is clear, clean, precisely what comes out of your amp. My favorite is on acoustic guitars; it made my beat up Washburn sound like a Taylor. None of the harshness of an SM57. Great signal rejection at the null points, although it is very sensitive directly behind the mic; seems to be between cardioid and hypercardioid. Built like a tank, nice carrying case. Includes mic clip, shockmount will cost you. Overall well worth the price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

great for bass cabs, but hit or miss elsewhere

i got this about 6 months ago and have used it on 3 recordings for 3 different bands so far. i bought it as an all around mic, i wanted to use it on...Read complete review

i got this about 6 months ago and have used it on 3 recordings for 3 different bands so far. i bought it as an all around mic, i wanted to use it on kick drums, bass cabs, guitar cabs, and vocals. here are my results:

on the first recording i used it on the beater side of the kick while pairing it with a Beta 52 on the inside. the overall result was just ok, but i blame that on the way the drummer tuned his kick drum. on that same recording i used it to mic the bass cab and everyone loved how it sounded. as i was getting sounds for guitars on that recording i put it on a cab with vintage 30s in it paired with a modified sm57. i solo'd them on playback the guitarist loved the 57 and said it was exactly the sound he was going for. i solo'd the heil and he said it was exactly the sound he was trying to avoid. i replaced the heil with a sennheiser E906 and blended it with the 57 and the guitarist was really happy with that.

on the next recording i used it as the only mic for the kick and i put it inside the drum. as we were tracking i LOVED the sound, i kept telling people it was the best kick sound i ever got! unfortunately as the recording got on and i mixed more the kick somehow ended up sounding really flat and didn't stand out at all. i used it on the bass cab again for that recording and it sounded pretty good, the bass cut through the guitars on that recording really well, but this time i opted to not even try the heil on the guitar cab. i used it on vocals too. the band had 3 male vocalists and while it sounded good on 2 of them, it made the 3rd guy really hard to mix, it just did not go well with his voice.

so for the 3rd recording with this i initially started out with the heil inside the kick drum. it sounded AWFUL. it sounded really tinny and metallic, so i found out the hardway that this mic will definitely NOT work out well in every kick situation. i put a beta 52 in the drum and it sounded great, the drummer was really happy. again i used it on a bass cab and it sounded beautiful, i was real happy with it. i did use it on guitar this time again paired with a SM57. the sm57 sounded a lot better. the sound i got with the heil was just ok, but i have that channel a lot lower in the mix than the 57. i tried using it on vocals for this project earlier today and again i got that metallic sound out of it. so i decided to try my AT3035 condenser instead and it was a lot better, much more clarity in the mix.

overall, if you're willing to spend over $300 on a mic that will work GREAT on bass cabs, go for it, but keep in mind that on guitar cabs and kick drums it's a case by case basis. for vocals, i know it's marketed as good for broadcasting, which it probably is, but in a full band mix you will need something with more clarity. i'm not sure that i would definitely suggest to someone that they buy this mic.

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5.0

Great mic that outperforms the "BigBoys"

By Avi8tor

from Memphis Tn

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Heil Sound PR40 Large Diaphragm Multipurpose Dynamic Microphone:

    Rivals my U87 in sound quality. Great, true cardioid functionality with the best rear rejection I've experienced in 35 years of dealing with sound. Great broadcast mic without a lot of processing. Highly recommend.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    great for bass cabs, but hit or miss elsewhere

    By KIG

    from Banghamton, NY

    Pros

    • American Made

    Cons

    • Not Good For Studio Vocal

    Best Uses

    • Bass Cabs

    Comments about Heil Sound PR40 Large Diaphragm Multipurpose Dynamic Microphone:

    i got this about 6 months ago and have used it on 3 recordings for 3 different bands so far. i bought it as an all around mic, i wanted to use it on kick drums, bass cabs, guitar cabs, and vocals. here are my results:

    on the first recording i used it on the beater side of the kick while pairing it with a Beta 52 on the inside. the overall result was just ok, but i blame that on the way the drummer tuned his kick drum. on that same recording i used it to mic the bass cab and everyone loved how it sounded. as i was getting sounds for guitars on that recording i put it on a cab with vintage 30s in it paired with a modified sm57. i solo'd them on playback the guitarist loved the 57 and said it was exactly the sound he was going for. i solo'd the heil and he said it was exactly the sound he was trying to avoid. i replaced the heil with a sennheiser E906 and blended it with the 57 and the guitarist was really happy with that.

    on the next recording i used it as the only mic for the kick and i put it inside the drum. as we were tracking i LOVED the sound, i kept telling people it was the best kick sound i ever got! unfortunately as the recording got on and i mixed more the kick somehow ended up sounding really flat and didn't stand out at all. i used it on the bass cab again for that recording and it sounded pretty good, the bass cut through the guitars on that recording really well, but this time i opted to not even try the heil on the guitar cab. i used it on vocals too. the band had 3 male vocalists and while it sounded good on 2 of them, it made the 3rd guy really hard to mix, it just did not go well with his voice.

    so for the 3rd recording with this i initially started out with the heil inside the kick drum. it sounded AWFUL. it sounded really tinny and metallic, so i found out the hardway that this mic will definitely NOT work out well in every kick situation. i put a beta 52 in the drum and it sounded great, the drummer was really happy. again i used it on a bass cab and it sounded beautiful, i was real happy with it. i did use it on guitar this time again paired with a SM57. the sm57 sounded a lot better. the sound i got with the heil was just ok, but i have that channel a lot lower in the mix than the 57. i tried using it on vocals for this project earlier today and again i got that metallic sound out of it. so i decided to try my AT3035 condenser instead and it was a lot better, much more clarity in the mix.

    overall, if you're willing to spend over $300 on a mic that will work GREAT on bass cabs, go for it, but keep in mind that on guitar cabs and kick drums it's a case by case basis. for vocals, i know it's marketed as good for broadcasting, which it probably is, but in a full band mix you will need something with more clarity. i'm not sure that i would definitely suggest to someone that they buy this mic.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Announcers only...

    By JDaab

    from Chicago

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Well-built

    Cons

    • Limited Application
    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

      Comments about Heil Sound PR40 Large Diaphragm Multipurpose Dynamic Microphone:

      This mic has a certain "etched" timbre that is tough to describe. It sounds like "radio." If you have listened to a lot of podcasts, you've probably heard it. I think if you are going for that sound, this is a great choice. But When I try to mic a guitar cab or sing vocals, it sounds almost like it's digitally compressed. Again that "etched" sound. No EQ or post-processing could make it go away. We still use it in my studio for announcer reads. That same etched quality helps separate the announcer from the music bed. So, take that for what it's worth.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Mic

      By Spyra

      from San Antonio, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Heil Sound PR40 Large Diaphragm Multipurpose Dynamic Microphone:

      I'm a 59 yr old drummer with extensive experience in recording studios recording music in addition to recording commercials/jingles & CD's. I originally purchased this mic to use for micing my bass drum but we ended up using it for the vocalist in our band. We used it for several rehearsals in the studio and also on a gig live and were astounded by the clarity and depth it brought to the vocals. The lead vocalist has used it several time and everone agrees it is a great mic. I may never get to use it on the drums but have to concede it to the vocalist because it improves his voice so much. I bought this as a Stupid Deal of The Day and it was a steal at that price including a mic cable and boom stand plus shipping costs. I should have bought a dozen of these at that price based on the current prices I've seen and would recommend this mic regardless of the price. It competes with mics 3 times the price and more.

       
      5.0

      Podcaster's Dream

      By Paperback Rocker

      from Southern Texas/Northern Mexico

      Comments about Heil Sound PR40 Large Diaphragm Multipurpose Dynamic Microphone:

      I couldn't believe the difference in quality this mic made in my podcast, both in the sound and how great I felt sitting behind it. Buy it. You won't regret it.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this MIC!

      By pbass

      from Portland or

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Heil Sound PR40 Large Diaphragm Multipurpose Dynamic Microphone:

        This is truly one killer mic. Yes, I actually purchased it and have used it from vox, to acoustic to bass and even drums. It's very smooth across the board and natural which is rare for a mice that doesn't even require phantom power. Get a pop screen too (duh)..

        And if that isn't enough, in Hollywood they strap these bad boys on cannons to record the cannon fire.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        GREAT Mic

        By Dave

        from Marine City, MI

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Heil Sound PR40 Large Diaphragm Multipurpose Dynamic Microphone:

            This is a GREAT Mic. I have used it for live micing kick drum , bass amp , cajone, and bari sax. It excelled in each application. I have also used it in the studio for voice over commercial recording with much success. Heil makes fantastic microphones.

            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Very Good Mic For Recording

            By Strat Guy-z6cWS

            from Florida

            Comments about Heil Sound PR40 Large Diaphragm Multipurpose Dynamic Microphone:

            I'd rate this product as perfect if it had better pop reduction as advertised. For perfectionists, a screen is still required for recording vocals. Acoustic and electric guitar recording is strong, but not as warm as I had thought it would be. High frequency response for vocals and even frequency response is very strong. I just can't compare this to condenser mics having used dynamics exclusively.
            The mic has no obvious features but claims internal pop reduction. It is good, but some "p's" and "b's" will pop at a performance distance in recording.
            High quality.
            Hard to tell without comparing several mics. I've used other dynamics, and this one seems to be a notch above with respect to even frequency response.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Unique and useful - detailed sound - nice for live piano

            By James Prouty

            from Seattle Washington

            Comments about Heil Sound PR40 Large Diaphragm Multipurpose Dynamic Microphone:

            This is one extremely useful and great sounding microphone on a variety of instruments, guitar and bass cabinets, and voice overs that I've tried it on. It has the bigger more detailed image you get from a condenser, but it really rejects sources off axis and away from what you close mic the way a dynamic does; unique in that way, and great for pulling a more high fidelity sound out of a busy source like a drum kit. Takes EQ well if the situation calls for it. Does a nice job with transients. Its the only dynamic I've tried that I think sounds good on a piano (condensers are better for studio - but are hard to isolate live). The bass is detailed without being boomy, and it has the high end articulation. Very well made as far as I can tell, and the end address makes it much easier to position on an instruments. Its a keeper.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Heil PR40 microphone - a must have for bass

            By Kevin

            from St Louis, MO

            Comments about Heil Sound PR40 Large Diaphragm Multipurpose Dynamic Microphone:

            I purchased the Heil PR40 microphone for tracking Bass Amp (was previously using SM57 & various large & small condenser mics). The PR40 is amazing!!! My bass amp in the studio is reproduced in my DAW monitors perfectly -- clear and distinctive without mud, even in the low registers, lots of pleasant air on top. Recorded amp clean, slightly overdriven (fingers & pick), and funky slap bass. It's wonderful to record at higher amp levels at the sweet spot as the Heil PR40 is a dynamic mic that takes high SPL. In short, the Heil PR40 mic captures bass the way you hear it. Hard to believe it's a dynamic mic creating this sound. I have read many reviews stating that the PR40 mic is a new classic for bass drum and voice(I haven't tried that), but I know I have found my dream microphone for tracking Bass amp with the Heil PR40.

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