How to Set Up Heil PR 40 with Xenyx 1002FX Mixer, PL2T Mic Boom, PRSM-B Shockmount, and With/Without Behringer UCA222

My goal with this tutorial is to quickly get you set up and recording with your new Heil PR 40 microphone so that you can start creating podcasts, video tutorials, voiceovers, or whatever else you need to record. Not all of the equipment listed below is required; I show you a few different scenarios depending on what devices you have. This is what I would have liked when setting up my own equipment, as it would have saved me hours. I hope you enjoy. If you have any questions, comments, or tips for improvement, please leave them in the comments at the end of this article.



Equipment Used in This Tutorial

Let’s get started.

Part 1) Installing Your Heil PL-2T Topless Mic Boom

Product Box for Heil PL2T Mic Boom
Product box

Unbox your boom mic. You’ll find 3 items (no instructions).

  1. The boom (arms).
  2. A C-clamp that holds the boom arms.
  3. Tops (2) that will cover the XLR cable that runs along the boom arms.
Contents of Heil P2T Mic Boom Box
Box contents
Opened Product Box for Heil PL2T
Opened product box

Step 1: Installing the C-clamp

Install the C-clamp on the edge of your desk or wherever you want the boom to be installed. Spin the lever until there is a large enough gap to fit the ledge. Position your C-Clamp as preferred and then tighten.

Heil C-Clamp
Heil C-clamp
C-Clamp Attached Underneath Desk Ledge
C-Clamp attached under desk ledge
C-Clamp on Desk
C-clamp on desk

Step 2: Running XLR Cable Along Boom and Covering

In this step, we will place the XLR cable in the mic’s arms and then snap the 2 tops in place to hold the cable. These pieces are displayed below.

PL-2T Boom Arm With 2 Snap-In Tops
Boom arm with 2 snap-in tops

Set the boom on the ground or in a position that makes it easy for you to run the cable along the arms. You will want to leave a little slack at the top where the hinge is.

XLR cable placed in boom arm
XLR cable placed in boom

Once the XLR cable is in place, snap the 2 tops in place so that it covers the cable and holds it in place. These tops are polarized and will snap in only when placed in the proper position. Look for markings on the inside of the tops and position properly to snap in.

Top cover for boom to hold XLR cable in place.
Top cover for boom
Top cover for boom
Top cover for boom
Top cover snapped in place
Top cover snapped in place

Step 3: Running End of XLR Cable Between Boom Arm

The next step, which is your choice, is to decide whether you want to hang the XLR cable over the boom arm, or if you want to run it through the center. I chose to run it through the center. To do this, you need to take out the chrome mic holder stem (using the side tri-knob) piece shown in the image below. Be careful when unscrewing this, as there are 2 small washers which can fall and get lost. Pay attention to these pieces and how they fit together when you take them out so that you’ll remember how they fit back in place.

Shows XLR cable either hanging over arm, or going through arm.
Shows XLR cable either hanging over arm, or going through arm.

After you have the cable through, put back the silver attachment and bolts. The finished product should look like this.

XLR Cable Through Center With Bolt and Washer Back In Place
XLR cable through center with bolt and washer back in place

Step 4: Installing the Boom Arm into C-Clamp

Install the boom arm into the clamp by inserting the bottom end of the boom arm into the brass portion of the C-clamp. It should fall right in and sit.

Insert the boom arm into the c-clamp.
Boom arm in c-clamp

Part 2) Installing the Heil PRSM-B Shock Mount

Some of you might not have this shock mount and instead use what came with the microphone. If you do, you might need to remove the black metal washer that sits inside the stock mic holder so that it can thread/screw onto the boom arm properly. If you don’t remove this piece, the threads won’t fit. You can remove it by pressing down and rotating it with your finger until it comes out. See the second image below.

Heil PR40 Stock Mic Holder
Stock mic holder
Take out the metal piece inside, so it fits and threads on the boom arm.
Take out metal piece

Step 1: Tightening Mic Into Shock Mount

This mount is different from and better than the mic holder that comes with your PR 40.

Heil PRSM-B Shock Mount Box / Unboxed
Heil PRSM-B shock mount

Unbox your Heil PR 40, then loosen the knob on your shock mount and insert the microphone through. Once in place, tighten the knob to hold the mic.

Heil PR 40 inside PRSM-B Shock Mount
Mic placed inside shock mount

Step 2: Attaching Shock Mount to Mic Boom

Put the mic boom attachment in a place where you can screw on the shock mount.

Attach PR 40 to Mic Boom
Attach to mic boom

Part 3) Installing Foam Windscreen

Simply slide the windscreen over the end of your microphone and you’re done.

Heil PR 40 Foam Windscreen
Heil PR 40 foam windscreen
Windscreen Installed
Windscreen installed

Part 4) Hooking Up Your Behringer Xenyx 1002FX Mixer

Behringer Xenyx 1002FX Mixer
Behringer Xenyx 1002FX Mixer

Step 1) Connect your XLR cable from the end of your mic into the MIC port in the top left of your mixer.

Step 2) Connect your headphones into the Phones port in the top center of your mixer.

Step 3) Plug your cables into the L (left) R (right) Out ports in the top left of your mixer and plug the other end into the Line In port (this will be built into your motherboard if you don’t have a separate sound card) on the back of your computer. I’m sure there are more settings to achieve better quality, but my goal is to get you up and running.

Xenyx 1002FX Setup
Xenyx 1002FX setup
Xenyx 1002FX Settings to adjust when starting
Xenyx 1002FX settings to adjust when starting

In the picture above, the only 2 settings that I’ve been playing with and have found to make a difference are highlighted with the arrows – the Level (bottom white) and Gain (top black). I still have more to learn with this mixer, but I’ve found that adjusting those 2 settings will get you decent sound quality.

L / R into Computer's "Line In" Port
L / R into Computer’s “Line In” port

Next, plug the power cord into the back left of the mixer and you’ll be ready to record. There isn’t an on/off switch with this mixer.

Conclusion

That’s it for now. Later I will discuss using the UCA222 and tips for quality improvement with the mixer settings. Please check back, as I’ll be adding more to this tutorial.

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