Silver Bullet | High-Z ceramic and dynamic harmonica microphones
Dynamic High-Z impedance
Silver Bullet | Dynamic high-Z provide a more powerful microphone with a strong, rich and full sound across the dynamic range but with headroom for crunch-distortion effects. Headroom slightly lower, and sensitivity slightly higher than medium-z
High-Z Range/Features: Dynamic 40,000Ω (40KΩ): Key features: high-Z | high-Z | wide dynamic range | high sensitivity and 20 dB higher output that 400Ω | lower head room to distortion | match to high impedance amplifier | gain control to avoid clipping distortion for clean sound | turn up gain for overload distortion Dynamic switchable 400Ω and 40,000Ω (40KΩ) – Key features: low-Z/high-Z | wide dynamic range | high sensitivity, switch from 400Ω to 40KΩ for 20 dB increase in sensitivity and power| switch to 400Ω for vocal high fidelity | lower head room to distortion | match to high impedance amplifier | gain control to avoid clipping distortion for clean sound | turn up gain for overload distortion Ceramic 200,000Ω (200KΩ) – Key features: high-Z | wide frequency response | high sensitivity | lower head room to distortion | match to very high impedance amplifier 2MΩ | turn up gain for overload distortion
There are two high-Z Silver Bullet microphones to chose from:
Silver Bullet | Dynamic High-Z 40KΩ
Silver Bullet | Dynamic High-Z 4oKΩ This microphone is adapted from an acoustic dynamic element this is a flexible microphone with a really “hot” signal that is packed with full harmonic content and great bass. The mic’ has perfect mid-sound without treble, with clear intonation. With the highest sensitivity of Silver Bullet range this mic’ also has slightly lower headroom so if you like crunch distortion – turn up the gain to drive the mic’ and achieve a crunchier sound when used in conjunction with reverb – producing a classic “blues” harmonica sound. Dynamic microphones have proven reliability and are ideal for practice or gigging – blues, country or chromatic harmonica performance. This mic’ needs to be matched to a high (=/>400KΩ or =/>0.4M Ω) impedance sockets on your amplifier.
Check out harmonica player Tim Douthit’s independent review and sound sample of the Dynamic 40K-Z Silver Bullet comparing it to the classic Green Bullet – CLICK HERE – for the video review and of the 40K-Z Dynamic Silver Bullet.
Silver Bullet | Dynamic Low-High-Z 400Ω-40KΩ This is a switchable/variable impedance microphone that particularly suits mixed performance of both vocal and harmonica playing. This allows you to select between a high fidelity (sound quality) 400Ω or a high impedance output (40KΩ) for higher sensitivity and power as well as scope for driving the mic to produce crunch distortion effect for your amplified harmonica playing. With the highest sensitivity of Silver Bullet range this mic’ also has slightly lower headroom so if you like crunch distortion – turn up the gain to drive the mic’ and achieve a crunchier sound when used in conjunction with reverb – producing a classic “blues” harmonica sound. Dynamic microphones have proven reliability and are ideal for practice or gigging – blues, country or chromatic harmonica performance. This mic’ needs to be matched to a high impedance sockets on your amplifier.
Note on impedance matching: Both the 40KΩ and switchable 400Ω-40KΩ dynamic microphones perform well on most amps with high impedance sockets and when used with PA systems. These therefore represent a safe bet for a Silver Bullet if you want to avoid getting technical on your impedance matching! Sub-optimal impedance matching (ideally amp input should be 10x that of the source mic’) may be compensated for to a degree with adjustment of microphone gain and amp settings or use of a pre-amplifier.
Silver Bullet | Ceramic High-Z 200KΩ
Silver Bullet | Ceramic High-Z 200KΩ This microphone has a robust high impedance ceramic element that provides a slightly sharper sound texture with a bit more treble. The mic has a lovely clean harmonic content also with headroom for distortion straight out of the box. The element uses the same old technology as the original crystal microphones from the 50′s but with the benefit of durability. It’s a fairly clean sound but when you cup it firmly, and with a little help from the amplifier, you can get some very tasty, creamy overdrive without the annoying mid-range honk you get from a lot of microphones. The Ceramic high-Z mic can also be used with affect pedals.
The ceramic High-Z (200KΩ or high-z range) needs to be matched to a very high (=/> 2M Ω) impedance sockets on your amplifier; normally labelled as passive and designed for non-active piezo pickups. Silver Bullet Ceramic mic’s are available with and without gain control.
These high impedance silver bullets are awesome little microphones with technology and craftsmanship that delivers a compact design with many of the features a harmonica player wants and needs and is very technique sensitive.
Full bodied tone with harmonic overtones and high fidelity