Heil PR-40 Dynamic Microphone
The Heil PR-40 Dynamic Microphone, now available in a limited edition Chrome edition, offers a broad frequency response and is the ideal microphone for bass drums and bass guitar.
The Heil PR-40 represents completely new dynamic microphone technology designed for a wide range of professional applications such as sophisticated recording, live sound, and commercial broadcast. Producing the widest frequency range available in a dynamic microphone, the PR-40 outperforms most condenser microphones, and can withstand huge amounts of SPL. At the same time, it maintains the 25 year Heil Sound tradition of superbly natural voice articulation.
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-40 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-40 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-40 near monitor screens or noisy lighting fixtures and controls. The new technology of the Heil PR-40 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. Welcome to the new standard.
Heil PR-40 Dynamic Microphone Features
- Large low-mass aluminum voice coil
- Properly positioned hum bucking coil and heavy steel case insure maximum shielding
- Four rear ports exhibit excellent rear rejection and minimum proximity effect
- Widest frequency response
- Best kick drum microphone ever
- Assembled and tested in Illinois
Heil PR-40 Dynamic Microphone Specifications
- Frequency Response: 28 Hz to 18 kHz
- Body Material: zinc
- Generating Element: Copper Wound dynamic with Neodymium magnet structure
- Impedance: Balanced 600 Ohms Output, 3 pin
- Polar Pattern: End fire, Cardioid, uniform Front to back discrimination
- Output Level: -53.9 dB @ 1,000 Hz
- Finish: Anodized champagne matte
- Net Weight: 13.5 oz.
Heil PR-40 Dynamic Microphone Includes
- PR-40 Dynamic Microphone (in chrome)
- Heil Mic Screw Adapter
- Microphone Mount
- Leatherette Carrying Bag
What We Think
While the Heil PR-40 excels at it's primary design application, which is as a broadcast microphone, it has become a proven player on both kick drums and on bass cabinets. The PR40's open mid-range (somewhat in contrast to the PR30) makes it work well for these already rich and thick instruments who benefit from some light gutting in this area. This is a microphone to use if you are after a more natural tone without the use of equalization. If you need radical boosting of the lows and highs, then look to the PR48 - which is actually based off of the PR30, but exhibits a more forceful sound for maximum impact. Regardless, one of my favorite kick drum sounds that I've ever captured was with the PR40. I'll always love this mic and will bring it out for the right drum or bass cabinet. PLUS, you might see this microphone used on acoustic guitars for live sound and even in the studio where hypey and washy sound is not an option. It's really a perfect option for this application since the top is controlled and the rejection is maximum.
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