Heil Sound PR 40 Dynamic Vocal Microphone
The Heil Sound PR 40 is a dynamic microphone that can handle a variety of vocal applications, from recording singing and voice overs, to live broadcasting.
While it may look like a condenser mic, it is a true dynamic microphone, with a large diaphragm and low mass magnet that allows for high SPL handling and improved dynamic range.
This makes the PR 40 viable for capturing loud sound sources like kick drums.
And since it has an internal shock mount and humbucking coil shield, it operates quietly even when near lighting fixtures and video monitors.
- Type: Dynamic
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Response: 28 to 18,000 Hz
- Impedance: 600 ohms
- Maximum SPL: 148 dB
- Power Requirements: None
The Heil Sound PR-40 gets a lot of commendation from users who are impressed with its sound and build quality. This includes podcasters, voice over actors and singers, most of which point to its incredible clarity as their favorite characteristic. A lot of reviewers also commended the mic's versatility, thanks to its dynamic mic design, which allows for handling of high SPL sound sources. Even experts found that it works well with bass amps, guitar amps and even kick drums. Paul White of Sound on Sound had this to say: "This has to rate as one of the best dynamic mics I've ever come across, both for tonality and versatility".
There aren't any specific complaints about the mic's performance, but there were a few who were not too happy with some of the extras that were bundled with the mic.
The Heil Sound PR-40 is a great addition to any home studio, especially recommended for those looking for a versatile vocal mic that can handle loud amps and drums.
The Heil Sound PR-40 was on our recommended list until February 2020, but now we are recommending the Electro-Voice RE20 instead which has higher ratings.