Brand Spotlight: Heil Sound Microphones


Founded in 1966 by Bob Heil, Heil Sound is a professional audio company that has managed to flourish for decades thanks in part to their extensive knowledge of the market and forward-thinking microphone designs. In fact, they are so respected in the industry that they remain the only manufacturer to be invited to exhibit their products at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. With that in mind, we decided to take the time to share with our visitors a few of our favorite mics from Heil Sound. If you're serious about your audio gear, you owe it to yourself and your sound to take a closer look the mics below!


Heil Sound The Fin

Heil Sound The FinOne of Heil Sound's best selling mics, The Fin is a dynamic microphone who's fantastic retro design is only matched by its great performance. The sound reproduction is rich with a subtle presence peak that helps cut through the mix. It also boasts a frequency response in the 60 Hz - 18 kHz range that comes with that signature Heil Sound mid range "bouquet" at 4 kHz, giving the mic fantastic presence and brilliance. While it obviously works great as a vocal mic, it also works great on other sound sources thanks to its tight linear cardioid polar pattern including amp miking along with harmonicas, brass instruments and more. All in all, the sound capable with The Fin is nothing short of awesome. With plenty of presence, punch, and clarity, this mic is a great choice for any vocalist or musician who's serious about sound.

Click here for more information on The Fin.

Heil Sound PR-20

Heil Sound PR-20If you're looking for a mic that all about clear, vibrant cutting tone, then the PR-20 is exactly what the doctor ordered. A versatile workhorse, the PR-20 is more than just a great vocal mic but can be used on other sound sources as well (much like The Fin above). Its high-quality upper mid-range makes it a great live vocal microphone, giving you a smooth and natural tone that will definitely stand out while its frequency response and superb dynamic range suit it perfectly for use with a snare drum. If your current mic is a bit too sensitive for your liking, the PR-20 should be on your short list (although this means for recording purposes, quiet instruments will not fare as well). And last but not least, the thing is built like a tank, featuring a heavy steel construction and tough all around build, making this mic a perfect choice for those wanting a mic that can withstand more than a few drops.

Click here for more information on the PR-20.


Heil Sound PR-40

Heil Sound PR-40If the two mics above sound great but need something with a wider frequency range, make sure and give the PR-40 a look. Not only does it boast a wide range, it has the widest of any dynamics mic in the Heil Sound PR series! The team at Heil Sound was able to achieve this through their unique understanding phasing plug placement along with a very large, low mass diaphragm and custom magnet metals -- all of which is housed in a specially designed mic body. And speaking of the diaphragm, the entire component is shock mounted in a way that de-couples it from the body, giving it a fantastic response across the entire human vocal range without any of those annoying pops and hisses. And of course, the PR-40 is more than just a one trick pony as it works equally well on guitar and bass cab miking, bass drums, toms and more.

Click here for more information on the PR-40.

Heil Sound PR-30B

Heil Sound PR-30BIn a nutshell, the Heil Sound PR-30B incorporates everything from the PR-30 with the important distinction of a slick black matte finish and red metal grille. Hey, looks aren't everything but they don't hurt either! Aside from that, you get the same outstanding sound capture and quality design of the original. Specifically, the PR-30B features a large, low mass diaphragm and incredibly strong custom neodymium, iron, and boron magnet that gives it a smooth, flat, response throughout the entire wide frequency range. Other features include a built-in humbucking coil, allowing the PR-30B to be used near PC monitors, neon lights, and other EM-emitting devices without having to worry about unwanted noise getting into the mix. And of like the rest of the Heil Sound mics above, the PR-30B is just as versatile, working especially great on guitar and bass amp cabs, drums, and cymbals -- not to mention vocals!

Click here for more information on the PR-30B.


Final Thoughts ...

If you're in the market for a versatile, high-quality dynamic microphone, you can't go wrong with any of the mics above. From the retro style of The Fin to the workhorse dependability of the PR-20, Heil Sound definitely knows how to design mics for the working musician. Better yet, every Heil Sound mic comes with our PAL Promise satisfaction guarantee!

If you have any questions regarding the purchase of Heil Sound microphone or any other piece of gear we carry, don't hesitate to chat with one of our friendly PAL pros by using the live chat feature below or by calling us toll-free at 1 877-671-2200!



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