Heil PR-40 Dynamic Microphone


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The Heil PR-40 Dynamic Microphone, with its broad frequency response, is the ideal mic for bass drums and bass guitar. The Heil PR-40 is a work-horse in the professional recording environment!

The Heil PR-40 Dynamic Microphone 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
  • Microphone Mount
  • Leatherette Carrying Bag
  • Heil Mic Screw Adapter

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  • 5
    My New Favorite Kick Drum Mic!
    Christopher Pou

    This mic has one of the smoothest frequency responses I've ever heard! It is not intentionally carved, so the sound you get is largely based on the source material. As with all Heil microphones, the off axis rejection is quite stellar and makes for a very clean stage sound.

  • 5
    Great affordable mic

    Fantastic mic for the price, I use it mostly on bass cabs where I found it gives the best for my needs. Excellent mic for kick drum and toms. Sometimes works really well with particularly low male voices. Great price and service from front end!

  • 5
    Great Mic
    Jessica Rutledge

    I bought this mic to do podcast and I really enjoy it!!!!

  • 5
    Heil PR-40

    My favorite all around drum mic for Toms and Kick. I also use the hand held version of the PR-40 (the Heil PR-20) on Snare. But let your ears be the judge. Check out the results online at www.timhorsley.com/media/audio

  • 5
    Heil PR40

    I'm a broadcaster and I've used dynamic and condenser mics from all most everybody. This mic sounds the best. Don't spend huge sums on foreign-made mics, when this one will meet all of your expectations.

  • 5
    Daniel Guido

    is a very good microphone and very good quality in audio i recommend

  • 5
    Heil PR-40
    Brian Kane

    Thank you for your incredible service! We were HIGHLY impressed with your level of customer service! We also liked the Heil PR40 so much that we just ordered another one today and, once we have the money, plan to order a third!

  • 4
    Not too shabby
    Mitchell Sandifer

    I've been looking at these for a while and finally decided to grab one. I've only been able to test it on a couple of sources and it seems to be most worthy on my Kick Drum, but I will probably relegate it to VO stuff as I like my e602 & e602II for that most of the time. As a vocal mic, I still prefer the SM7B, but this is a still a great mic and, like most mics, I'm sure it will work better on a certain voice than an SM7B.

  • 5
    ultimate percussion mic

    I routinely use Heil PR40s on frame drums of all sorts (bendir, erbane, daf, mazhar) and it's the only dynamic mic I've found that provides a rich bass tone as well as smoothly capturing the high frequencies of such instruments. The PR40 also excels on high-spl-producing wind instruments. I've used this mic through a variety of pres, including the John Hardy M1, Brent Averill's 1272 clone, an Amek 9098, and OSA's API 512 clones, and it works great with all of these.

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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