Heil PR30 Large Diameter Dynamic Microphone Microphone
The Heil PR-30 Dynamic Microphone represents completely new dynamic mic technology, and features a frequency response and articulation that makes it perfect for guitars and toms. This is also a great mic for broadcasters for all the same reasons.
The Heil PR 30 represents completely new dynamic microphone technology designed for a wide range of professional applications such as sophisticated recording, live sound, and commercial broadcast. Its smooth, wide frequency range sounds like a ribbon but can withstand large amounts of SPL. Outperforming the tired, 30 year old technology of the industry, the large diameter of the PR 30's dynamic element produces an outstanding upper mid range that makes the PR 30 the absolute best guitar microphone in the industry today, while still an excellent choice for reproducing the human voice.
Since 1982, Heil Sound has been the leading manufacturer of communications microphones and has a paramount understanding of phasing. When properly applied, this knowledge creates outstanding cardioid patterns with unbelievable rear rejection that removes unwanted sounds that try to enter from the off axis rear. The pattern control of the Heil PR 30 is outstanding. This exceptional performance is achieved by using the ideal combination of materials for the large low mass diaphragm and a special mixture of neodymium, iron, and boron that gives the PR 30 the strongest magnet structure available. These features allow the microphone to achieve magnificent dynamic range. A unique screen system using two different diameter mesh screens and an internal breath blast filter allow the user to talk closely to the microphone with little worry of pops or excessive sibilance. The large diameter dynamic element is mounted in a unique Sorbothane shock mount atop a non-resonant fixture, decoupling the element from the massive steel body. This body and the internal hum bucking coil removes any worry of using the PR 30 near monitor screens or noisy lighting fixtures and controls. The new technology of the Heil PR 30 has redefined the dynamic microphone with superior wide frequency response, the lowest presence of noise in the industry, flawless design, and elite quality expected by an innovator and leader in the field. Your ribbon microphones will now be jealous.
Heil PR30 Large Diameter Dynamic Microphone Features
- Largest dynamic element available
- Smooth response sounding like a ribbon
- Wide frequency response
- Articulate natural mid range
- Perfect for broadcast studios
- Absolute best guitar amp microphone
- Properly positioned hum bucking coil and heavy steal case insure maximum shielding
- Assembled and tested in Illinois
- Includes the Heil Mic Screw Adapter
Heil PR30 Large Diameter Dynamic Microphone Specifications
- Output Connection: 3 pin XLR
- Generating Element: Dynamic with neodymium magnet structure
- Frequency Response: 40 Hz to 18 kHz
- Body Matte: zinc
- Impedance: Balanced 600 Ohms Output, 3 pin XLR
- Polar Pattern: End fire, Cardioid, uniform front to back discrimination
- Output Level: -52.9 dB @ 1,000 Hz
- Finish: Anodized champagne matte
- Net Weight: 9 oz
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What We Think
"Absolutely pound for pound, the Heil PR30 is the best all-around dynamic mic for instruments I can think of. While there are microphones that may outperform it in some specific instances, the Heil Sound PR-30 sounds better on more sources than any other dynamic mic that I have encountered - and that's saying a lot. It's mid-range is full without succumbing to muddiness and the top and bottom are tight without exaggerating either. It's a microphone that knows how to flatter in a subtle way and it does so on guitar amplifiers by giving them a girth that the old standby just can't begin to approach. The PR30 has become one of my favorite mics for tom toms. This is a testament to it's excellent rear rejection and a frequency response that simply sounds very natural when you hear the toms. In fact, the new Heil PR-31 BW is a short body version of the PR30 which will make tom placement (and guitar amp mic-ing) a lot easier to negotiate.
"The PR30's looks may be confusing as to how to place it at first; it is an end-address microphone - not side-address like it's quasi-large-diaphragm condenser-like profile might suggest. Aside from the confusing looks (shared with it's sibling, the PR-40), the PR 30 is a microphone worth having... and you'll likely have more than one or two when it's all said and done."
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This is not going to be a long review, but I must say that the difference between the Heil PR30 and the Shure SM57 is night and day. I am using it to mike my Fender Tweed Bassman clone. As soon I strummed the first chord, every one on the production team looked up and said how much better this microphone sounds. They all said that it was like listening to the amp in person. I will never go back! Thank you again Front End Audio, the experience was ultra smooth and I am extremely happy!
I have a pair of PR30s that I use to record my drums. I use them in the "recorderman" configuration since my drums are in a poorly treated room. I love the presence of the PR30. It's like a ribbon mic, but with a little extra bite in the upper mids. They capture the initial attack of each drum hit very well. They also do a great job with rear rejection. I love the PR30 on drums!
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So far so good with the PR-30's. Very nice for drum overheads, guitar cabinets and vocals so far. Very happy with them.
The PR30 may not beat every mic in your locker, but rest assured it will compete with mics that cost twice the price, even good condensers. Having said that, realise that the PR30 is not the SM57. There is good reason why the '57 is still used on snare drums and guitar amps-- because it is pleasing to the ear. The PR30 will also be VERY pleasing to the ear on multiple sources but in a different way. Yes, even on acoustic guitar!
Recently I recorded a snare drum with it, with "accidental" bleed from the cymbals. What a pleasant surprise, as the compressed PR30 bleed from the cymbals sounded really, really good. The snare good too.
It can definately be used for recording vocals too, though slightly bright and sibilant if good mic technique isn't used. But again, this is not a $3000. vocal condenser. It is a very good dynamic mic.
Every good tool does at least one job well. The Heil PR30 does many jobs very well. If your interest is in capturing good sound at the source, buy one.
I use this mic more than any other mic when I'm in the studio. Great on drums, guitar amps, and surprisingly awesome on cello and viola. has a nice, warm and rich character.
Love Love Love this mic. Great sound OUTSTANDING noise rejection and a great all around mic. If your a live sound engineer you NEED this mic in your life seriously. Makes life a whole lot easier. Anytime you can put choirs in monitors with no EQ Winning!
I've been a big fan of high-end dynamic mics for recording and live sound. The PR30 fast became my first choice for so many things I used to use pencil condensers on. The mid-range, I'd say, is very forward, or assertive (not a linear mic by any means, but in a VERY good way). For most sources this is an magic bullet for cutting through (not many dynamic mics or otherwise at this price point handle kick, cello, guitar cabs and vocals equally well as the PR30 both studio and live), but once in a great while it's just a little too much/the wrong flavor. The only source I've not liked it on so far was a button box accordion that was very sharp to begin with. It's a VERY articulate dynamic with a very pleasing/useful character. I intend to fill up my locker with a few more of these!
I had a chance to run the PR30 through a couple of tests. I thought it sounded great on kick drum and I'm sure it would sound really good on other percussion and amps. Although it had nice clarity, I thought it was too bright on alto and tenor sax, especially in the upper register of the instrument. If I used it for voice over work or vocals, I would have to use a pop screen because the p's were really noticeable. I was hoping it would be similar to an RE20 with a lower price tag, but unfortunately not. Although, I’m sure it would have great uses for percussion, guitar and bass amps. Maybe a few roll-off switches would be a nice addition to tailor the sound a bit more.
I bought one of these based on advice received from a colleague. There have been times that this mic for some tasks proved to be the best choice out of many tried. It has a well deserved home in my mic locker.