The Electro-Voice PL80A is a a premium-grade supercardioid dynamic microphone designed to elegantly capture the character of vocals in live sound applications.
The PL80A’s “EQ-friendly” sonic contour adapts well to any vocal texture allowing vocals to sit nicely in the mix without being harsh. The enhanced isolation provided by its supercardioid polar pattern is an excellent defense against system feedback and cross-talk bleed emanating from other nearby sound sources. The result is higher gain before feedback and cleaner stage mixes.
Although designed to be a vocal microphone for music and spoken word, the PL80A will also function well as an instrument or amplifier microphone where a dynamic element capsule would be desired.
- Weight Net: 11.8 oz (333 g)
- Audio Frequency Response: 80 Hz - 16,000 Hz
- Case Material: Die cast zinc
- Connector Type: 3-pin XLR
- Element: Dynamic
- Family: PL Series
- Finish: Textured Satin Black
- Impedance, Low-Z balanced: 600?
- Mic Type: Handheld
- Open Circuit Voltage: 2.2mV/Pascal
- Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
- Power Requirement: Passive
- Accessories Included: Stand Adaptor with Euro thread insert & Gig Bag
As with most directional microphones, the low frequency response of the PL80A microphone varies with the distance from the sound source. Known as “proximity effect”, the bass response of the microphone increases as the working distance to the microphone is reduced. This “bass boost” is only audible when working at distances closer than 6 inches. Therefore, working close to the microphone will produce a more robust sound. Using this microphone at distances greater than 6 inches provides minimal coloration from proximity effect.
Proximity effect can be used to your advantage when a thin voice is being recorded. As the vocalist decreases their working distance to the microphone, the low frequency content is enhanced. Close-up positioning of the microphone will also reduce the potential for feedback from the sound reinforcement system. Then, the bass boost provides an increase in overall microphone output level. The mixer gain may be proportionately reduced, resulting in a reduction of the system’s sensitivity to feedback caused by sound entering the microphone from the loudspeakers.
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