The Fin Dynamic Mic captures remarkably natural, clear sound and is designed for live sound, recording, and broadcast applications. The exceptional performance is achieved thanks to a special magnet s... Read More
The Fin Dynamic Mic captures remarkably natural, clear sound and is designed for live sound, recording, and broadcast applications. The exceptional performance is achieved thanks to a special magnet structure with a large 1-1/18" aluminum low mass voice coil assembly similar to the Heil PR 20. The frequency response is 60 Hz - 18 kHz with that traditional Heil Sound mid range "bouquet" at 4 kHz, presenting incredible brilliance and presence. The Heil Fin exhibits a tight linear cardioid pattern. The chrome finish is a special "showchrome," where the steel body is copper-plated and then double chrome-plated, producing a deep chrome finish. A blue molded internal foam windscreen inside the grill covers the large diameter Heil dynamic microphone element mounted in a specially tooled Sorbothane shockmount.
The fun part of The Fin is the four L.E.D. lamps mounted inside. These can only be illuminated when using The Fin into one of the 3-pin balanced XLR inputs of a professional mixing console that supplies a +48 volt DC phantom voltage down the balanced mic line.
Standard 5/8" 27-thread connection allows The Fin to be mounted on booms or floor stands.
The Fin mic from Heil Sound is terrific for vocals, instrument amplifiers, harmonica, and speech, and puts the fun back into the dynamic microphone.
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After receiving my new Heil Fin I immediately put it up against a recently acquired Shure Super 55, a Shure SM58 and an ATM61HE. The Fin is a nice sounding mic. I would characterize it as warm, smooth -- almost silky. The signal is reasonably hot -- comparable to the ATM61HE and perhaps a little hotter than the SM58. As with any mic you have too watch your plosives, but I would describe the pickup pattern and proximity effect as reasonably forgiving. If you are trying to decide between the Fin and the Shure Super 55 I would say the following: both are good mics, sound good, look good, function well in small venue/crowded stage scenario (which is what I was able to simulate.) The Super 55 sounded brighter to my ears on both male and female vocals. If your primary concern is cutting through the mix I would lean toward the Super 55. If you are operating in lower decibel environments and performing lounge/torch song/jazz stuff the Fin might suit you better. Try both if you can. It's definitely a matter of personal taste. You will notice a clear difference between the two. All things considered, I'm glad I have the Fin. While my main vocalists are fighting over the Super 55 I'll just step up to the Fin to contribute my backing vocals. Oh, yes, as for the LEDs -- I worried they could make the chrome package look a little cheesy, but in fact it is a very handsome mic whether the lights are on or off. I've got blue, which is eye-catching without being annoying.
This is a great mic. Sounds awesome, looks even better. Only problem is lack of an On/Off and make sure you dont tilt the head ALL the way back, for some reason, the wires aren't long enough, and it will rip them off of the internal XLR connector. If you are handy, you can take it apart and resolder and fix it, but, I feel that shouldn't have to be done on something brand new, but I didn't feel like waiting 2 weeks for another. But all in all, it's an awesome Mic, just be kinda gentle with it.
Hey this mike brought our sound out from under water. I sing with less stress on my voice trying to overcome my old peavey 580TN dynamics limitations. Brought the boom back in our sound. Thanks for recommending the Heil "The Fin" microphone!
THE STRAIT-UP TRUTH: I am a professional work-for-hire musician (keyboardist and vocalist). I ordered this mic (since it is not in stock at GC)and hoped it would be what I expected. Simply put, I AM ABSOLUTELY AMAZED AND IMPRESSED! I didn't expect for the mic to sound better than it looked! HOW I USE THIS MIC: I run all my vocals through a TC Electronics Helicon VoiceLive 2. With the Phantom Power turned on, the LED's work wonderfully, adding a "cool factor" that everyone talks about. The Fin is now my main mic on stage for every gig (unless the band I'm hired for thinks I'm out-gunning the lead guy). SO HOW DOES IT REALLY SOUND??? The sound of this mic is truly awesome. Its presence, punch and clarity are remarkable. In my line of work, I have sang into almost every professional mic out there and can tell you that this mic is definitely one of the best sounding mics I've used. I am more than satisfied, and I highly recommend this tool for anyone serious about their vocals. WHY GET ONE??? There are certain tools that set you apart from the rest. This mic is one of those tools. All Heil mics are a smart choice for the professional, and the Fin just happens to be sexy as well! WHAT WOULD I CHANGE? I would change how the LED's illuminate the mic. You can see four "hot spots" where the LED's are located, and the light needs to be more diffused in order to equally illuminate the entire grill of the mic. My solution was to open the mic and install some wax paper around the sides of the grill on the inner side of the colored windscreen, thus diffusing the LED's and giving the mic a uniform look when lit. I would also make the windscreen opaque white and put multicolored LED's inside with a small button on the mount so that the LED's could be set to Red, Blue, Green, White, etc. I'm not about to buy three of these just for three colors, but I would willingly pay a little more for the multicolor addition.
I love my Fin. Great looks and great sound. The only problems I've had with it are; I had to get a quick release adapter to make it easier to mount and remove, I had to get an XLR cable with a small enough diameter at the plug end so that it would fit beside the adapter and when I tried to use it with my TC Helicon vocal harmonizer, I would get a very audible hum. I considered buying the Shure Super 55 because of the last problem, but, my soundman wants me to keep the Fin because of the vocal quality and clarity. I bought a DigiTech Vocalist Live 3 Vocal Harmony Processor Pedal, and that solved the hum problem. I'm glad I kept it because it's been a great mic and it's very rugged. I still give it 5 stars even with the few problems I've had, because I was able to solve them and it really cuts throgh the mix.
To complete "the look", I bought an Ultimate Support, custom, chrome mic stand and had to add a 6 in. goose neck to get the cord to fit in but this thing looks so good, it makes you want to sing more. For me, it's about having another, alternate sounding mic, a quality mic. with a little added edge, in terms of character and presentation-- for my Karaoke gigs, which I'm new at. For live sound, I have another wired mic, a Voco Pro wireless and a Bose Compact and use the mics mostly for karaoke. Hands down, the Heil sound is an clear upgrade. The xlr cable did not click in, however. I called Heil and they said it should click and they offered to send another. I took it in to Guitar center and they could not get it to click in. I sent it back to Guitar Center. I got another one and it doesn't click home either, even though there is a slot for that. So, the xlr cord stays in without clicking and functions fine. It's actually probably safer because, if the cord gets caught on your foot(which happened already)it releases instead of dumping the whole mic stand over. It is a mystery to me why the xlr cord does not click in like any other place I click an xlr cord. But I HAVE to keep this mic. It's killer.
I am singer in a hard rock band. I freely admit that I purchased this mic knowing little or nothing about Heil products. I also admit I bought it because of its looks. The chrome is impressive. The LED's make it the center point of any stage set up. However, it is the best mic I have ever used in a live performance. It has the performance and presence of a compressor mic. It sounds like I am tracking in a studio rather than a live mic. Crystal clear vocals and I have used the "best" Shure and Sennheiser mics available at this same price and even higher. The only drawback is that it is a little awkward to attach to a mic stand. You can't clip it, it has to be directly attached to your stand or boom, and this may get in the way for you like it did for me. Look at the construction before you buy, but buy with confidence. It really rocks and looks even better live than it does pictured here.
when i first bought this mic i was like how does it pick up the sound waves then when we plugged it in to my system it started to glow a sinister color of red so i started to sing into the mic and by my suprise it turned out to be really great especially in songs like those of bands like red/hurt/another black day the sound is better in styles like that if you try it with metal you have to scream a little harder to get your vocal vibes through
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