046 Podcast Answer Man – The POWER of the HEIL PR40 / PR-40 Microphone!

by Cliff Ravenscraft on January 17, 2008

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The POWER of the HEIL PR40 / PR-40 Microphone!

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In this episode, I’ve decided to show off one of my favorite pieces of equipment in my studio. My Heil PR40 microphone was recommended by Leo Leporte. I’m using this episode to show the MAJOR difference in the audio between cheap microphones as they compare to the Heil PR-40 sound.

Of course, I want you to know that one stream of income that I have going in my career as a podcast and new media consultant/coach is that I also sell audio equipment packages. The Heil PR-40 Full Package which includes the Heil Shock Mount, the Heil Boom Mic Arm and a custom popless filter is, by far, my most popular package.

If you are saving up money to improve the quality of your audio sound. Before you buy Compressors, Gates, Equalizers, etc, you should first purchase a professional microphone like the Heil-PR40 and it will increase the quality of your audio well above 95% of all the other podcasts out there.

You can purchase the the Heil PR-40 using the Add To Cart buttons below. Be sure to check out my other equipment packages on my official EQUIPMENT PAGE.

Heil PR-40 / PR40

Heil PR-40 Package as show above = $599 (Free Shipping)
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Heil PR-40 Package without the Heil Boom Mic Arm = $499 (Free Shipping)
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27 comments
EdFerrigan
EdFerrigan

Cliff

I was given The PR40 for a gift. I can't tell what else I need. There is no cable and do I need a mixer? What low end one would be good for a beginner. Im assuming I can't go directly to my iMac? Which cabled I get? Thanks 

Amin Sabet
Amin Sabet

I have a decent dynamic mic (Shure Beta58A) and a good mixer (Allen & Heath ZED10FX), but I still don't sound very good. Part of it is that my voice isn't great, but I think there's more to it than that, because I sound like I'm recording in a closet. I wonder if it's my technique, the settings on my mixer, or if I could really benefit from changing to a Heil PR40. I don't have much bass in my voice.

I've only done one podcast before, and there's some crackling from one of the other hosts recording into a *really* bad mic, but you can hear me on that here: http://media.seriouscompacts.com.s3.amazonaws.com/SCP-0001.mp3

Would appreciate any advice!

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft

Thanks for your feedback. I don't expect everyone to agree with me. I'm very thankful that you have found options that work for you. And if anyone is reading this, please do consider all options before making your choice. For me, I love my Heil. I've sold hundreds of them over the past three years and every single client has been 100% satisfied.

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft

Thanks for your feedback. I don't expect everyone to agree with me. I'm very thankful that you have found options that work for you. And if anyone is reading this, please do consider all options before making your choice.

For me, I love my Heil. I've sold hundreds of them over the past three years and every single client has been 100% satisfied.

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft

Gabe, Well, if you do get a Heil Mic, I would suggest that you get a mixer, even if just a small one, to bring your audio in from your mic . This gives you the flexibility to bring in other co-hosts in the future, as well as audio from additional sources.

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft

Gabe, Well, if you do get a Heil Mic, I would suggest that you get a mixer, even if just a small one, to bring your audio in from your mic . This gives you the flexibility to bring in other co-hosts in the future, as well as audio from additional sources.

Gabe Arnold
Gabe Arnold

Hi Cliff, I heard your podcast with Pat the other day, and I loved it. You really made my laugh when you said you worked till 3am and got up at 5am. I've done my share of that when I am starting up a business or just anytime I get so enthralled in something I forget the rest of the world. I love working for myself, and you and Pat are so encouraging.I have a Mac Book Pro and a Mac Pro. I am planning to buy thi Heil PR40 you recommend, but I am wondering what else I need to get things off the ground and record using Garage band.Any advice on affordable mixing equipment and any other basics I need would be awesome.Thanks!

Gabe Arnold
Gabe Arnold

Hi Cliff, I heard your podcast with Pat the other day, and I loved it. You really made my laugh when you said you worked till 3am and got up at 5am. I've done my share of that when I am starting up a business or just anytime I get so enthralled in something I forget the rest of the world. I love working for myself, and you and Pat are so encouraging.

I have a Mac Book Pro and a Mac Pro. I am planning to buy thi Heil PR40 you recommend, but I am wondering what else I need to get things off the ground and record using Garage band.

Any advice on affordable mixing equipment and any other basics I need would be awesome.

Thanks!

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft

Christiaan,I agree that there is a time and place for condenser microphones. However, the typical podcaster studio with no sound treatment and a computer fan, and more, running in the background, they simply are not worth the extra work that you have to go through just to get them to provide good audio.At an average cost of $229 for the NT1-A, you could spend about $70 to $80 more and get one of the best dynamic broadcast microphones available.If you do end up getting a Heil eventually, you may actually be SHOCKED by the sound you are able to get out of it.Before moving to a dynamic mic, I never thought anything would be able to reproduce some of the lower frequencies of my voice. The Heil PR-40 proved me wrong and I'll never go back. ;)Thanks for the comment on the site!

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft

Christiaan,

I agree that there is a time and place for condenser microphones. However, the typical podcaster studio with no sound treatment and a computer fan, and more, running in the background, they simply are not worth the extra work that you have to go through just to get them to provide good audio.

At an average cost of $229 for the NT1-A, you could spend about $70 to $80 more and get one of the best dynamic broadcast microphones available.

If you do end up getting a Heil eventually, you may actually be SHOCKED by the sound you are able to get out of it.

Before moving to a dynamic mic, I never thought anything would be able to reproduce some of the lower frequencies of my voice. The Heil PR-40 proved me wrong and I'll never go back. ;)

Thanks for the comment on the site!

Christiaan Conover
Christiaan Conover

Cliff,I use a Rode NT1-A consdenser microphone. I agree what you said about the microphone sensitivity issues from condenser microphones, but with a little practice & tuning I've gotten great results with the NT1-A. Would I recommend it for everyone? Probably not, and I'll likely get a PR40 to add to my equipment list as well. However, I really enjoy using the NT1-A and the versatility in use case and sound result that it offers. I'll send you an audio clip using it.

Christiaan Conover
Christiaan Conover

Cliff,

I use a Rode NT1-A consdenser microphone. I agree what you said about the microphone sensitivity issues from condenser microphones, but with a little practice & tuning I've gotten great results with the NT1-A. Would I recommend it for everyone? Probably not, and I'll likely get a PR40 to add to my equipment list as well. However, I really enjoy using the NT1-A and the versatility in use case and sound result that it offers. I'll send you an audio clip using it.

Vince Rotolo
Vince Rotolo

Hello Cliff: I have been listening to your podcast for awhile and I like it. Good tips. I’ve been podcasting for about 2 years. I’ve wanted a PR-40 for awhile overtime at work and your show pushed me over the edge, I would have bought it from you but I have a close friend and he got me the $299 deal. Anyway I’ve been working really long hours and have not had a chance to use it yet but I’m dying to. Keep up the good work. Vince

Vince Rotolo
Vince Rotolo

Hello Cliff:
I have been listening to your podcast for awhile and I like it. Good tips. I’ve been podcasting for about 2 years. I’ve wanted a PR-40 for awhile overtime at work and your show pushed me over the edge, I would have bought it from you but I have a close friend and he got me the $299 deal. Anyway I’ve been working really long hours and have not had a chance to use it yet but I’m dying to. Keep up the good work.
Vince

Vince Rotolo
Vince Rotolo

Hello Cliff: I have been listening to your podcast for awhile and I like it. Good tips. I’ve been podcasting for about 2 years. I’ve wanted a PR-40 for awhile overtime at work and your show pushed me over the edge, I would have bought it from you but I have a close friend and he got me the $299 deal. Anyway I’ve been working really long hours and have not had a chance to use it yet but I’m dying to. Keep up the good work. Vince

Vince Rotolo
Vince Rotolo

Hello Cliff:
I have been listening to your podcast for awhile and I like it. Good tips. I’ve been podcasting for about 2 years. I’ve wanted a PR-40 for awhile overtime at work and your show pushed me over the edge, I would have bought it from you but I have a close friend and he got me the $299 deal. Anyway I’ve been working really long hours and have not had a chance to use it yet but I’m dying to. Keep up the good work.
Vince

Evan Agee
Evan Agee

Dwight, FYI I use the M-Audio Nova and I've been very happy with it. I got it on Ebay for around $60. Just food for thought.

Evan Agee
Evan Agee

Dwight,

FYI I use the M-Audio Nova and I've been very happy with it. I got it on Ebay for around $60. Just food for thought.

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft

Dwight, I don't have a recommendation for you just yet. However, I'm waiting for some feedback to come in on some other folks use of their favorite mics and they may have some great feedback with some suggestions for you. If you find a mic that you are interested in, shoot me an email at Cliff@gspn.tv and I'll see what price I can get it for you at. Thanks Cliff

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft

Dwight,

I don't have a recommendation for you just yet. However, I'm waiting for some feedback to come in on some other folks use of their favorite mics and they may have some great feedback with some suggestions for you.

If you find a mic that you are interested in, shoot me an email at Cliff@gspn.tv and I'll see what price I can get it for you at.

Thanks
Cliff

Dwight From Ottawa
Dwight From Ottawa

Ok I would love to have a PR 40 , but the wife would kill me if I even thought about thinking of buying one, so what can I get that wont break the bank , I'm using a Behringer C-1 right now and would love to up grade. and suggestions?

Dwight From Ottawa
Dwight From Ottawa

Ok I would love to have a PR 40 , but the wife would kill me if I even thought about thinking of buying one, so what can I get that wont break the bank , I'm using a Behringer C-1 right now and would love to up grade. and suggestions?

EdFerrigan
EdFerrigan

@Cliff Ravenscraft @EdFerrigan Thanks Cliff. Do you recommend using software like Garage band or Logic Pro or a standalone mixer? Any pro and con sources is appreciated. Thanks again.

MatthewRHinman
MatthewRHinman

@EdFerrigan @Cliff Ravenscraft Might take note that you can pick up older versions of Audition online for cheap.  I bought a fully legitimate Audition 3.0 for less than $10 last week. Get a lot of power for a little of nothing.

Cliff Ravenscraft
Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

@EdFerrigan.  I don't have time to go into pros and cons in the comments or via email.  But I'll quickly give you my thoughts here.


My #1 recommendation is Adobe Audition for all audio editing.


For those who don't want to pay for software, then I say go with the free Audacity software.

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