Heil Sound is a modern microphone company specializing in professional-quality dynamic microphones and related accessories. Heil mics are trusted worldwide by Grammy-winning artists, professional podcasters, live sound and studio engineers, and satellite broadcast stations to reliably deliver natural, articulate, clear sound, and excellent rear noise rejection. Heil Sound is able to understand and meet the needs of these various areas because it is comprised of people who have experience as musicians, podcasters, sound engineers, and broadcasters themselves. Heil Sound is passionate about providing the best and most reliable sound possible.
It didn’t start with the microphone…
As with many business success stories Heil Sound began with one person, Bob Heil, who had a vision and an unrelenting drive to innovate and contribute to the concert sound world. Bob’s impressive sound career began at an early age. By 15, he was performing concerts as the house player on the Wurlitzer theater organ at the Fox Theater in St. Louis. He was also deeply involved in ham radio and began tinkering with electronics and electronic design
In the early 1960s Bob opened “Ye Olde Music Shoppe” in Marissa, Illinois. The music store built a reputation among the professional bands who were touring because it carried stock of guitars and amplifiers that was unmatched at the time.
YE OLDE MUSIC SHOP
In 1966, Heil Sound was formed with the goal to provide pro touring gear and systems. Heil Sound also provided system design and equipment for the emerging music festival scene.
HEIL WALL OF SOUND
National accounts quickly grew and tours with Humble Pie, The Who, Grateful Dead, the James Gang and many others followed. To accommodate demand, Heil Sound had multiple sound crews out on the road simultaneously.
HEIL SOUND ROAD CREW
It was during this time that Bob developed a number of significant pro sound innovations including the famed Talk Box for Joe Walsh and Peter Frampton, the quadrophonic mixer for the Who, and modular mixing consoles.
HEIL SOUND MODULAR MIXER
In the early 1980s, Heil exited the pro sound market to focus on the amateur radio market.
In the late 1990s, at the suggestion of Joe Walsh, a fellow ham radio enthusiast and friend, Bob set out to design a vocal microphone for live sound use. Heil Sound reentered the pro sound market and pro microphone manufacturing industry with the PR 20 microphone, and quickly earned a reputation for mic innovation. Eschewing any small diaphragm or powered design, the Heil mics featured large-diaphragm dynamic components that offered a high degree of sonic clarity and rear rejection.
BOB HEIL AND JOE WALSH
Subsequent microphone models, including the popular PR 40 and PR 30 followed quickly. The PR 35 vocal mic was introduced and found favor with high profile artists such as Stevie Wonder, Beck, Alice in Chains, Charlie Daniels, Joan Baez and others.
BECK AND THE HEIL SOUND PR 35
In 2007 Heil Sound received a cherished accolade when the company was invited to supply historically significant and innovative items for a permanent exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
HEIL SOUND EXHIBIT AT THE ROCK AND ROLL
HALL OF FAME MUSEUM
Realizing that what got Heil Sound here isn’t going to get them there, the company embarked on a series of moves that would expand Heil Sound’s reach into new markets and territories. A worldwide distribution network was established and several new models of mics were introduced. Heil mics are now mainstays in satellite radio broadcast stations, recording studios, and podcast and streaming rigs. In 2018, Heil Sound celebrated 50 years in business, or as they put it, “50 Years of Maximum Rock and Roll.”
CELEBRATING HEIL SOUND’S 50th
ANNIVERSARY AT NAMM
Today Heil Sound continues with their long tradition of working with artists – from Grammy Award winners to club musicians – as well as sound mixers and other professionals, who provide invaluable insight, to create products that make them sound their best. As one top sound engineer said, “these Heil Sound folks just love music and it shows.”
JOHN HOPKINS AT FRONT OF HOUSE