Heil PR-35 Handheld Dynamic Microphone
The Heil PR-35 Handheld Dynamic Microphone is an incredibly versatile vocal microphone. It has an amazing amount of rear rejection but exhibits no off-axis coloration, so it is like having a supercardioid and omni mic in one!
It works well for commercial broadcast, recording, and live sound reinforcement applications. When you need a smooth, flat response over a wide frequency range the Heil PR-35S is your mic. The Heil PR-35 was designed around the acclaimed Heil PR-30 element and incorporates a sorbothane shock mount to give you the best possible results.
The Heil PR-35 achieves its exceptional performance by using a special magnet structure and a large aluminum 1-1/2" low-mass voice coil assembly. A carefully wound and placed hum bucking coil allows the Heil PR 35 to be placed near video monitors without unwanted hum or buzz. Special attention has been paid to the phasing plug assembly with equally placed ports that sense audio from behind the source. It then enters them out of phase, thus producing a very linear cardioid pattern. This reduces the proximity effect while achieving the extreme articulation across its smooth 40 Hz - 18 kHz frequency response. The Heil element can be used in extreme high sound pressure levels and is immune to overload conditions. It produces a beautifully smooth audio response without the inconvenience of phantom or outside DC powering.
The Heil PR-35 microphone is equipped with a 3-position roll-off switch. The first position is flat, the second position rolls off at approximately -3 dB and the last position rolls off at approximately -6 dB.
Heil PR-35 Handheld Dynamic Microphone Features
- 7-2/3" long x 2" wide at mic vocal end and 1" wide at XLR-input end
- Wide frequency response
- Articulate natural mid range
- Best vocal microphone
- Most versatile microphone
- 3-position roll-off switch
- Rubberized coating
Heil PR-35 Handheld Dynamic Microphone Specifications
- Output Connection: 3 pin XLR
- Generating Element: Dynamic with neodymium magnet structure
- Frequency Response: 40 Hz to 18 kHz
- Output Level: -52.9 dB @ 1,000 Hz
- Impedance: Balanced 600 Ohms Output, 3 pin XLR
- Polar Pattern: End fire, Cardioid, uniform front to back discrimination
- Finish: rubberized, matte black
- Net Weight: 9 oz
Heil PR-35 Handheld Dynamic Microphone Includes
- Heil PR-35 Handheld Dynamic Microphone
- Microphone Clip
- Padded Leatherette Carrying Case
What We Think
The Heil PR-35 is a veritable 'Howitzer' of vocal microphones. I recently purchased one for myself (and have now recently purchased two more) for use with a particular performer. I was initially attracted to it by the fact that it is a re-purposed PR-30 which I feel is one of the best sounding all around dynamic microphones available to my ear. The other vocals onstage were handled by the "industry standard" and when we did our sound-check, it was like comparing toddler-tricylcles with a Harley Davidson Fat Boy. The PR-35 exhibited a flattering clarity, body, and presence that was larger than life - and it has a TON of output. The said performer immediately said, 'This is the best my voice has ever sounded on-stage.' Mixing the show suddenly became an easier task since the lead vocals sat in the mix very well.
The mic does tend to have a ton of low end. However, you can shape the lows with the 3-position roll off (flat, -3dB, and -6dB). However, if you are using a digital console, you'll benefit from your built-in continuously-variable high-pass filter over the PR35's 3-position switch, as the lows tend to take a quick dive But the interesting thing to note is that even with the mic set to flat and in use on a stage that is prone to letting the low-end run away in feedback, the PR-35 resisted ever catching a low-frequency feedback loop. This is a testament to the background rejection of this mic.I'm often concerned with what an open-mic is doing to the mix when nobody is singing. So, I would solo up the mic via the PFL during instrumental passages and it was apparent that ambient soures are more focused and much less "warbly" than what I'm used to encountering. In fact, what spill came into the mic was something that was very musical and complimentary to the drier elements.
My only complaint regarding the overall package of the PR35 is how the supplied mic-clip interacts with the rubberized coating. The coating feels really good when using the mic as a hand-held. However, the rubber is not very "sticky" when combined with the mount and is therefore a bit too slick for the mic to maintain staying-power on the stand - especially if the performer wants to angle the mic more for aesthetics than for practical feedback rejection; the mic may very well slip forward and out of the mount. It looks like Heil tried to tackle this problem with the addition of some "fins" at the bottom interior of the mount. The fins may have worked to reduce the problem. However, I feel that I should be able to hold the mic by the clip pointed downward and that the mic would not budge if jiggled about. However, the PR-35 begins to slip in relatively short order. And the PR-35 is a larger microphone than most - which is why the clips supplied are the same as what you'll find that ship with Shure handheld wireless mics; which is handy should you need a replacement clip. Still, this is a minor problem to overcome when considering the performance of the microphone itself. Afterall, we are discussing a mic-clip here.
In the end, one is hard-pressed to find a better vocal dynamic vocal microphone. However, since every voice is different, it may not be mic for a particular voice - which is a truth to be said of any vocal microphone. There are some really nice hand-held vocal condenser mics on the market, but the risk for feedback is much greater with little, if any, benefit to the sound over the PR-35. Where most of us are not mixing on major touring stages that have enough real estate to help diminish the spill of other elements into the vocal, the condenser mic alternatives are not a realistic alternative to those of us working on "real" stages when taking the widely varying degrees of microphone technique and stage volumes and so forth. In the PR-35, Bob Heil has taken our familiar friend, the dynamic microphone, and has given us the best of both worlds.
- Front End Audio
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I recently upgraded my PA to a Midas M32 with Turbosound iQ speakers. It quickly became obvious that the Shure Beta 57's I had been using were not going to cut it with the new system. I bought 4 Heil PR-22's to replace my Beta 57's as vocal mics. Much much better. After more than a few gigs, I decided to invest in a PR-35 for the lead. It is fantastic. I sounds like what lead vocals should sound like. I do use a HPF on the board along with a small high shelf starting at about 2K but it is heaven. Every word is clear, and the vocals are full of detail. And they just sound GOOD!! I use it on every lead singer that will allow me to now. They always ask me where they can get "one of those mics" after the show. I'm slowly converting all of my microphones to Heil now. I have two PR30's on the way.
First of all, the service rendered by company was great. Speedy follow-ups, "almost instant" services. Transaction was handled by company was very professional. I'm very pleased. Product received was in a very protective packaging. The microphone is simply clear and full. Strongly recommend to shop with Front End Audio. I had a very pleasant experience. Thank you!
Love the sound of this mic. Have only used in live vocal applications to date but I think I will be finding more uses for it in the studio. Get one!
These mics are in my regular use rotation now. Exceptional sound and great gain before feedback on small stages.
As with all Heils, this vocal mic has great off axis rejection and a very tightly focussed pattern. It is also extremely tolerant to "mic-cuppers." Be careful to speak to it's pattern when working with folks that are accustomed to "singing-to-the-side," on 58s. You will lose them really fast!
I'm not too experienced in judging sound, and the difference between the Heil and my EV767 was subtle. So I did a comparison test with the Heil by recording it along with my other dynamic mics. After several listens to the recordings, it was clear that the Heil was the best, compared with an EV767, EV Cobalt CO7 and Shure SM57. It produced the most complete and natural sound. Next would be the EV767, but I wouldn't say the difference was huge between these two mics.
I use this mic for a lot of things. With some voices works better than other more expensive mics that I have, especially if the singer don't have a superb voice with a lot of details to capture. It has a clean high output that can be tricky with some preamps if you sing really close to the mic. Really usefull the 3-position switch for control the low-end. I also obtained good results micing guitar amp, some percussions like tabla, djembe. The only bad note is the included clip, I don't use it because is dangerous. Great price and service from front end!
I went back and forth with this microphone, sometimes liking it, and then not... I felt the high end was at times a little harsh, and didn't care for this mic at all for rock songs. I tracked some vocals with it and found them to sound almost muffled in comparrison to the other mics I tried. To me it sounded just okay on a guitar cabinet. I think this microphone would be better suited for Country, Jazz, etc.
Bought my third PR-35 from Front End Audio. Best price on the web for a great dynamic vocal microphone that has been selling itself when others use it and have to have one. That pretty much says it all.