PL84, PL84S Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone Key Features: • • • • • • Voiced for intimate detail and presence Smooth midrange frequency response Cardioid polar pattern High-output self-biased condenser element Shock mounted capsule and low handling noise Fine mesh Memraflex™ grille General Description: Thank you for purchasing the Electro-Voice® PL84 (or PL84S switched version). This product is a professional-grade cardioid condenser microphone designed to enhance the creative expression professional singers have built their craft around. With its warm lows, musical mid-range and smooth high frequency response, the PL84 captures all of the intimate detail expressive vocalists require. Should you have purchased the PL84S, in addition to all of the outstanding performance characteristics of the PL84, you’ll also enjoy the added benefit of a virtually silent on/off switch that allows electrical muting at the microphone. Although designed to be a vocal microphone for music and spoken word, the PL84 will also function well as an acoustic instrument microphone where a condenser element capsule would be desired. Application Notes: 1) This product requires external power to function (see technical specifications panel for voltage spec), which is commonly supplied via the Phantom Power function on your sound system mixer or input module. 2) As with most directional microphones, the low frequency response of the PL84 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. 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. Closeup positioning of the microphone will also reduce the potential for feedback from the sound reinforcement system. When close-talked, 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 the sound entering the microphone from the loudspeakers. Technical Specifications: Element Type: Frequency Response: Polar Pattern: Sensitivity, Open Circuit Voltage, 1 kHz: Polarity: Rated Impedance: Max SPL (1% THD @1 kHz): Self Noise: Dynamic Range: Signal-to-Noise Ratio: Power Requirements: Microphone Connector: Finish: Dimensions: Warranty: This Electro-Voice® PL84 product is guaranteed against malfunction due to defects in materials or workmanship for a period of three (3) years from the date of original purchase. Please refer to the Limited Warranty card included with your product for further warranty information. Accessories Included: Net Weight: Shipping Weight: Self-Biased Condenser 50 Hz - 20,000 Hz Cardioid 3.5 mV/Pa (-49 dBV) Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 relative to pin 3 200 ohms 141 dB SPL 26 dB SPL, A-weighted 115 dB 68 dB (@94 dB SPL) Phantom Supply Requirement: 11 to 52 VDC, 1.9 mA 3-pin, XLR-type Textured black satin handle with MemraflexTM grille Length = 7.18” (182.5 mm) Width = 1.93” (49.0 mm) Shank = 0.93” (23.6 mm) Stand adapter with Euro-thread insert, Soft zippered gig bag 9.3 oz (261 g) 18.2 oz (516 g) Frequency Response: Polar Response: Microphone Use and Placement Please note that micing techniques are a matter of personal preference. These are merely guidelines to assist in the placement of the microphone to gain optimal performance. Usage Optimal Placement Vocals 0 to 6 inches away, aimed directly at the sound source. Spoken Word 5 to 10 inches away, aimed directly at the sound source. Standard Placement & Use Guidelines 1. Always point the microphone at the desired source of sound, and away from any unwanted sources. 2. The microphone should be located close to the sound source to minimize interference from other potential sound sources. 3. Use the 3-to-1 rule when using multiple microphones. Place each microphone three times farther from other microphones as from the desired sound source. 4. Minimize over-handling of the microphone to reduce unwanted mechanical noise. Dimension Drawing: PL84 Part Numbers Electro-Voice® 12000 Portland Avenue South, Burnsville, MN 55337 Phone: 952/884-4051, Fax: 952/884-0043 www.electrovoice.com © Bosch Communications Systems Part Number LIT000245 Rev A 05/2008 • PRD000159000 • PRD000160000 PL84, Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone PL84S, Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone with Switch • ACC000045000 SA-PLV, Replacement Microphone Stand Adapter • ACC000048001 WS-PLV, Optional Foam Windscreen, Black U.S.A. and Canada only. For customer orders, contact Customer Service at: 800/392-3497 Fax: 800/955-6831 Europe, Africa, and Middle East only. For customer orders, contact Customer Service at: + 49 9421-706 0 Fax: + 49 9421-706 265 Other Internatonal locations. For customer orders, Contact Customer Service at: + 1 952 884-4051 Fax: + 1 952 887-9212 For warranty repair or service information, contact the Service Repair department at: 800/685-2606 For technical assistance, contact Technical Support at: 866/78AUDIO Specifications subject to change without notice.