Professional Podcasting with the Heil PR-40

The Heil PR-40 is quite probably the last microphone I will ever use.

Podcasting mic for professionals, Heil PR-40When I first started taking podcasting seriously, I researched the best podcasting equipment and found that a very large number of podcasters are using the Heil PR-40. I knew that to take my podcasting to the next level, the professional level, I would need to invest in high-quality hardware. I took the advice of dozens of pros and purchased the Heil PR40.

More than any other part of my production chain, my Heil PR40 is what has made me sound like me since January 2011. But there's nothing like hearing the differences for yourself. Push play on this short demo. You'll hear me on my Heil introduce a clip from Geek Dads @ Home #5, from January 2009. It's a stark example of how much better the Heil PR-40 is than a standard USB headset microphone.


Interested in buying one for yourself? I have your hook-up!

For the technically minded, a few specs.

  • Frequency response: 28Hz to 18kHz
  • Impedance: 600 ohms balanced
  • Output level: -53.9dB @ 1,000 Hz
  • Generating element: Copper-wound dynamic with neodymium magnet structure
  • Body: Steel body with zinc die-cast bottom ring

The bottom line? Great bottom-end, awesome mids. A+ for studio work.

A word about accessories…

The Heil PR-40 is not a USB, plug-and-play microphone. A minimum of three things are required to use this microphone, two of which are shown to the right. First, a mixer or audio interface, such as the Mackie unit pictured here. The Heil PR-40 is a dynamic mic with an XLR connection. That means that, second, an XLR cable is required. Lastly, a stand to hold the microphone. I prefer the Heil PL-2T boom because it keeps my desk clear of clutter and makes the microphone's position easy to adjust.

In my experience, a pop filter is not strictly required, but I wouldn't do a show without one. Shock mounts are a great addition but not required.

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