Heil PR40 Broadcast Microphone
The Heil PR40 is a recognized favorite among podcasters
The Heil PR40 is the podcast microphone of choice for a number of podcasters who podcast about podcasting. Definitely not an inexpensive mic, the PR40 is leaning towards the high end of a podcasters budget.
Made popular by well-known podcasters, Leo Laporte and Cliff Ravenscraft, the Heil PR40 is still a fan favorite.
At The Bunker Project podcast, Andrew McGivern uses the Heil PR40 as his primary microphone. Co-Host Bob Garlick uses the Electrovoice RE320 and the and the rest of the Bunker Crew are speaking into the Nady SP1 Starpower mics.
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.
The Heil PR40 is a nice looking microphone. It actually has the appearance of a high-end broadcast condenser microphone.
But the PR40 is a dynamic microphone. Live sound pioneer, Bob Heil, hates condenser microphones. He doesn’t like the brittle sound in the top end. He prefers dynamic microphones with a diaphragm that creates a condenser mic sound without the brittle sounding top end.
One critique I’ve heard of the Heil PR40 is that it doesn’t produce a true sound. If you listen to podcasters that use the PR40 you will hear a deeper base sound in their voice than you get from other microphones.
The Heil PR40 comes with a nice protective case and a mount to attach it to boom arm or stand.
Selecting a microphone is a very personal choice.
Some people have a voice that is well suited to the Heil PR40.
At the end of the day, you should use a mic that you like, suits your voice and personality.
A Vanity Microphone?
I’ve heard some podcasters call the PR40 a Vanity Microphone.
A vanity microphone is a microphone that podcasters use for ego or self-image purposes.
This viewpoint states that anything above a subjective relative price is unnecessary and therefore a vanity purchase.
Heil PR40 Accessories
The PR40 has some original accessories you can order to compliment your new microphone. I recommend using a shock mount and boom arm while podcasting. It isn’t necessary but it is convenient.
Heil Sound PRSM Black Shockmount
The Heil PR40 shock-mount prevents table bump or movement sounds from getting into your podcast audio. It is definitely a nice thing to have.
I’ve used my PR40 many times with and without my shock mount and I can say that it is worth the extra money.
Heil Sound PL-2T Overhead Broadcast Boom
The Heil PL-2T is a good quality boom arm that allows you to move your microphone to adjust its position as needed while recording your show.
It works best with the Heil ShockMount to prevent unwanted sounds from invading your podcast audio file.
Simply clamp the Boom onto your desk or table attach your Heil PR40 and shock mount and you are good to go.
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