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Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic

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A dynamic mic with an omni-directional polar pattern, perfect for blues harp players.

The Red Howler harmonica mic from Digital Reference is a dynamic microphone with comfortable handling while providing a rich, warm tone. It's tailored frequency and unique shape make it ideal for handheld use during a harmonica performance. A volume knob on the back enables you to adjust the volume during a performance. It has a 3 meter cord to give you plenty of room for getting down during your solos.

FEATURES
Professional harmonica microphone for use with amps
Rich, warm tone
Comfortable grip
Attached 6mm x 3m dual-core shielded cable
1/4" plug output connector
Volume control with center detent

Order a Red Howler Mic next time you're ready to rock the harmonica.

SPECIFICATIONS
Type: Dynamic microphone
Polar pattern: Omni-directional
Frequency response: 100-6,000Hz
Sensitivity: -48dBV/Pa (4.0mV/Pa) at 1000Hz
Rated impedance, unbalanced
Min. Loading Impedance: 100kOhms
Polarity: Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on output plug
Dimensions: 63mm x 80mm
Weight: 650g (with cable)
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Digital ReferenceRed Howler Harmonica Mic
 
4.5

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (27)
  • Good audio (26)
  • Durable (22)
  • Compact (14)
  • Lightweight (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (30)
  • Home studio (16)
  • Outdoor events / games (14)
  • Amateur recording (13)
  • Professional recording (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (17), Experienced (15), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Little Walter Tone!

This review is a comparison of the Red Howler to
an older Green Bullet 520D w/out the Volume Pot.
The freq.range of the Bullet is 100HZ to 5,000 HZ.
The...Read complete review

This review is a comparison of the Red Howler to
an older Green Bullet 520D w/out the Volume Pot.
The freq.range of the Bullet is 100HZ to 5,000 HZ.
The Howler is 100HZ to 6,000HZ. The tone of both
are very close. The Howler is a bit brighter as
the specs indicate. A Fender Blues-Deluxe : 40W
1-12 was used to test both mics. The Amp settings were : Brt Sw.=Off, Clean Vol.=Off, Drive Select button=ON, Drive knob=2.5, Treble=3, Middle=5,
Master=4, Reverb & Presence knobs=Off. The MICs were in INPUT #2. When using the Red Howler my hand came in contact with the Volume Pot and would turn it down inadvertently. Watch out for this. It came with a soft, pliable, yet heavy-duty
20 foot cord, same as the Bullet. The Volume and Tone of Both Mics are practically identical. The average listener with closed eyes couldn't tell the difference. Remember: NO MIC by itself with give the FAT, Warm, Full, slightly distorted tone of the Blues-Greats. I recommend a tube amp with
mild over-drive or maybe a pedal with mild over-drive. Like anything else-Season to YOUR TASTE!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

not a good harp mic

not a good sounding mic for harp - lacks good bass response - many other better alternatives out there . For example the U.S. made Shakers - here is a good relatively low cost...Read complete review

not a good sounding mic for harp - lacks good bass response - many other better alternatives out there . For example the U.S. made Shakers - here is a good relatively low cost one on MF: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/dynamic-microphones/shaker-dynamic-handmade-harmonica-mic-1-4-inch-jack?rNtt=shaker%20mic&index=2

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Red Howler Set s A Standard

By Ron Beale

from Magnolia, Texas

Comments about Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic:

I am very much impressed with the range and the quality of sound the "Howler" projects. From the "highest" of highs to the down and "dirtiest" of lows. I play and/or practise daily and have never had a problem with the mic. Using primarily the Hohner Blues Harp and Special 20s, it truly delivers an amazing sound at either end of the harp. I find that the cord being hard-wired to the mic prevents an accidental disconnect (I've stepped on too many cords). The center detent on the volume control lets me know exactly where I am on the mic gain without looking at the knob. Having used the "Howler" for nearly a year, I am totally pleased with it's performance and recommend it to anyone, Pro or Hobbyist. The Red Howler is in my opinion, a great value.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Little Walter Tone!

By A.Tuneman

from Missoula, MT

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • 20 Foot Quality Cable
  • Durable
  • Old Time Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic:

    This review is a comparison of the Red Howler to
    an older Green Bullet 520D w/out the Volume Pot.
    The freq.range of the Bullet is 100HZ to 5,000 HZ.
    The Howler is 100HZ to 6,000HZ. The tone of both
    are very close. The Howler is a bit brighter as
    the specs indicate. A Fender Blues-Deluxe : 40W
    1-12 was used to test both mics. The Amp settings were : Brt Sw.=Off, Clean Vol.=Off, Drive Select button=ON, Drive knob=2.5, Treble=3, Middle=5,
    Master=4, Reverb & Presence knobs=Off. The MICs were in INPUT #2. When using the Red Howler my hand came in contact with the Volume Pot and would turn it down inadvertently. Watch out for this. It came with a soft, pliable, yet heavy-duty
    20 foot cord, same as the Bullet. The Volume and Tone of Both Mics are practically identical. The average listener with closed eyes couldn't tell the difference. Remember: NO MIC by itself with give the FAT, Warm, Full, slightly distorted tone of the Blues-Greats. I recommend a tube amp with
    mild over-drive or maybe a pedal with mild over-drive. Like anything else-Season to YOUR TASTE!

    (7 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Weak, thin, wimpy tone in cute shell

    By Blueharp1

    from Denver, CO

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    Pros

    • Hand Grip
    • none

    Cons

    • Limited Functions
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Hammer Paperweight

    Comments about Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic:

    The 4.9 Stars rating is the obvious result of industry spamming of the review section. This mic looks pretty good at first glance. From there, it's all downhill. The "handgrip" grooves are too far back to be of any use. That's not where you hold a bullet mic if you're trying to seal off the handcup. The cheapo dynamic, 100-6,000hz element is wimpy, thin, and devoid of any hint of drive, grit or compression. The mic is clearly an attempt to deceive the inexperienced player based on the "look" alone. Not a decent deal at even half the price. Save your $$, get a real harp mic.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    awesome mic

    By grimm-Om2Fd

    from richmond va

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    Comments about Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic:

    I bought this mic after reviewing all the other available options, the honer mics have these little nubs that stick out, and there were mixed reviews of the nady. at the shop they had the standard shure green bullet and this one. in a side by side comparison, this mic greatly out preformed the shure. it allowed more distortion and tone shaping with out any unwanted feedback or noise. the shure i would give 4 stars.

    (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Red Howler Rocks

    By Freddie Mack

    from Pittsburgh, Pa.

    Comments about Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic:

    Tone: A little more grit than I expected. Achieves the "Chicago Sound" easier than my vintage JT-30's. Highs and mids are clear, but not overbearing with a rock solid bottom. It drives a Blues Junior into a sweet but subtle overdrive with relative ease. Great harp mic. My only complaints: the cord is hard wired to the mic. (I would have preferred a 1/4 female jack in it's place) Also, the volume has a center detent?!? Why? Other than my own personal preference issues listed I believe this is a great value and would advise players of all skill levels to have one of these in their arsenal of tone tools. The box says it has "More Mojo" and I'm for anything that brings me more mojo!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Not too shabby

    By Puppy

    from Oak Ridge, TN

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    Pros

    • High volume

    Cons

    • Not Very Honky

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic:

    I use a Green Bullet. It's got an output volume level much louder than most harp mics. I heard the Red Howler was a knock-off of a knock-off of a Green Bullet, so I gave it a try at the Stupid Deal price.

    Worth it.

    It has the same higher volume level as my Green Bullet, so I can use it as a backup live and not have to twiddle amp knobs after the switch.

    It's tone is much more 'clean' than my Green Bullet. More like my Shaker dynamic. Not a 'honker'. However, that tone difference is also a plus. I can use the Green Bullet for blues, the Red Howler for jazz if I wanna.

    So for a low cost, this was definitely a good deal. At regular cost, it turns out to still be a good deal. Because I think this mic is better than my old Hohner Bluesblaster (circa 90's), sounds as good as my Shakers, feels great in the hand like my Green Bullet and has that higher volume like the G.B.

    Now, what we truly need is a mainstream mic manufacturer to replicate the elements from the 50's, make some really quality crystal elements or some faithful quality CM/CR elements. We all seem to have old shells with bad elements in them. Give us something better!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Like the volume knob

    By Kirnagar

    from Maryland

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic:

      I like being able to control the feedback with the volume knob, but, I like the grittier sound of My green bullett. Still, a nice sounding mic for the money, and I am happy to have it in My collection.

      (5 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beats them all

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic:

      This mic is much better than the Blues Blaster or the Green Bullet

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good mic for the harp

      By Bear

      from Colorado

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ

        Comments about Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic:

        After getting into the blues harp, I knew I needed a mic to jam with buddies and perform. I went with this mic due to the reviews. Once I saw it go on extra sale I jumped on the deal. Mic sounds great, finger grooves make it easy to hold, and the volume knob is great for times when the harp needs not be going. Overall, this is a great value for what you get.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        better than the dx bullet

        By lips

        from florida keys

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic:

          I bought this to have it modded with my old 520 d element among other things. But,I may get another at this price. I liked it's tone better than the dx, and the volume and volume control knob are steps up from that bullet. In a world that won't bring back vintage elements, this dynamic is a great option for a first mic or spare, or a gig mic for some players.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Surprising Sound and Value

          By $DaddyRich$

          from Clarksdale, MS

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic:

            I picked this bullet mic up on a holiday sale for half price and i must say i'm happily surprised with the build quality and sound quality. In my opinion it blows the newer shure green bullet out of the water. Now and then a newer brand comes along with a superior product and i must say this is one of them. I'm not getting paid to write this review but i'd be happy to endorse these mics. Thanks -$Daddy Rich$

            (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good Microphone for harp

            By Rockerduck

            from Marietta, Ga.

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            Comments about Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic:

            Great Microphone. Looks cool too.
            I've played them all and also mostly SM 58's. I played through amps and eq's so most mic's I can't the difference. This microphone has good volume and range.
            Treat my gear good and haven't had failures.
            I'd get this over more expensive mic's in this class. Sounds the same to me.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            It really grabs everyone's attention.

            By Jackie Blue

            from Reading, PA.

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • None to date

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic:

            Gives a vintage Blues sound even when played through my Yamaha PA Amp. But it really came alive when I plugged it into my Fender Tube Amp. It sounds great when I record with backing tracks. But when I sit in with a local band at night and start whaling on a blues number it really grabs everyone's attention.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Red Howler Wolf

            By Patrick McEwen

            from Utah

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Clear Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic:

              A perfect equivalent of the green bullet and slightly warmer sound. Fights feedback well. Work best to just run thru the guitar pedal train with some delay, compression, and a touch of tremelo...Paul Butterfield all over again.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The Red Howler is great

              By Bluesman

              from Boston,MA

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              Comments about Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic:

              good value
              Nice solid mic, performs like my green bullet, about as crunchy as I need playing through a blues jr. Mic looks great, fits my hand comfortably, have only played it for about 4 hours, but very satisfied.
              Good value for the price.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              not a good harp mic

              By Set

              from Boulder Colorado

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              Comments about Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic:

              not a good sounding mic for harp - lacks good bass response - many other better alternatives out there . For example the U.S. made Shakers - here is a good relatively low cost one on MF: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/dynamic-microphones/shaker-dynamic-handmade-harmonica-mic-1-4-inch-jack?rNtt=shaker%20mic&index=2

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Pretty decent mic

              By Kim White

              from sebastopol Ca.

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic:

                I saw one disser on this mic that claimed the 5 stars must have been some corporate thing to sell em and that cat is dead on wrong. I have been playing harp since 1971, Have quite the collection of vintage mics from shure green bullets from the 50's and 60's, many astatic JT30's etc etc. I got one of these red howlers as another harp playing friend loved his so I just had to check it out and gotta say, this mic has plenty of mojo. the finger grips are pretty cool and this here mic sounds great through any of my vintage amps as well as my newer ones. I highly recommend it a for the price, gonna be way hard to beat it.

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Hot mic

                By Topher

                from Provo, Utah

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Nothing Yet

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic:

                Great deal, great mic. Fun to play and easy to use.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great mic!

                By GD

                from Clifton, NJ

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                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Great Blues Sound

                Cons

                • None so far

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Blues Harp And Dirty Voca
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic:

                This mic is exactly as advertized. Classic blues harp sound. Volume knob has nice feel and center detent is a great feature. Also love the weight and balance of this mic. Finger contours in the case make it very comfortable and natural to hold.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great value!

                By Southern Rocker

                from Pittsburgh PA

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Reliable
                • Sturdy
                • Value

                Cons

                • Slightly Thin Midrange

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Digital Reference Red Howler Harmonica Mic:

                I purchased this to add to my collection thinking it would be ok, really suprised how nice it sounds. compaired to a stock Shure green bullet (520D) it is very close in sound. slightly thinner mid range, but 1/3 the price. I like the finger grooves for ease of holding, and the flat spots on the sides keep it from rolling off my amp while not in use.

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