Apex 460 Microphone- All Tube, MultiPattern, Brushed Aluminum, Shock mount & Power Supply Included;
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The already popular and best selling APEX420 and APEX430 large diaphragm studio condensers have already been redefining the price / performance barrier. The new APEX 460 Vacuum Tube Condenser Microphone continues this trend by raising the bar on performance while continuing to lower the price barrier for studio quality microphones. The APEX460 Tube Microphone is aggressively priced, yet superior sounding large diaphragm studio condenser capable of competing easily with much more expensive microphones in this class.
One unique feature of this microphone is the nine different selectable polar patterns easily available from the selector switch on the front panel of the external power supply. Rather than limiting the user to the three popular patterns (Omnidirectional, Cardioid, and Figure Eight pattern) most commonly available, the APEX-460 has three gradient stages between each pattern. This allows the studio engineer or home recordist far more versatility. In vocal applications where an omnidirectional pattern isnt quite fat enough, but cardioid is too narrow, you now have three additional steps to find the right subtle mix between the two standard patterns. There are also three additional steps between cardioid and figure-8 pattern.
Improved quality in affordable recording equipment has brought serious power to the home studio enthusiast or small project studio. The microphone is the first, and often most important link in the signal chain. The APEX460 is high performance, yet truly affordable large diaphragm condenser microphone. They are an outstanding choice for the main microphone for any professional studio, home studio, or any of the computer based direct to hard drive recording systems now available.
Due to their rugged construction, high SPL handling capability and affordable price, the APEX460 is also an outstanding choice for live sound reinforcement or live recording. They have proven themselves as overhead mics for drum kits, for guitar or bass cabinets where superior sound quality and high sound pressure handling is required, or as the mic of choice for saxophones, flutes, acoustic guitars or acoustic bass where subtlety and clarity is paramount.
Vocalists can use the proximity effect to their advantage, adding fullness and more ''bottom end'' to the voice. Experienced vocalists can easily incorporate it part of their overall microphone technique. Again, experimentation with mic placement during the recording process is the key. The omnidirectional polar pattern does not exhibit this effect.
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|This mic was used for the Post Production class I instruct at the conservatory or recording arts and sciences audio school here in Gilbert, AZ. and I was quite surprised at the level of clearity it offered. I use a decca tree mic technique to record our 7 piece brass players. I used 3 apex 460 and it had a nice bright sound and a more stereo 3 D open sound to it. I usually set up 3 neimann U-87s to do the job but it just sounded a little darker and not as open as the 460. And as for the price and value of this mic... I was obviously shocked and very well pleased .... I am going to add these mics to my collection... I can already see them being used as great stereo over heads for drums, keys, guitar, and even vocals. A good mic to have in your stock.|
- LeRoy W. (10/12/2005)
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|I have two of these mics. Make a nice stereo pair and can do m s with variable pattern. Omni is not perfect but good. Figure 8 is fantastic. 9 selectable pattern variations allow nice control over how much room noise to be recorded. Sound is lush full and fat. Have used as drum oh, leslie top mic, vox and acc guitar. My only sonic complaint is they have a relatively high noise floor. This apparently can be somewhat remedied by subbing a lower mu tube but at the expense of output. I replaced the 12ax7s with some nos rca and that helped a bit. This all sounds a bit negative but don't get me wrong, these mics sound great and at the price point you really can't go wrong. A number a people have a b'd these against mics costing 3 to ten times the price with some pretty surprising results. One other caveat, these suckers are heavy, make sure you've got decent stands or at least some mini sandbags handy. Overall highly reccommended|
- briguy (1/11/2006)
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|I HAD TO GIVE IT ALL 10'S BECAUSE FOR THE MONEY NOTHING COMES CLOSE...I COMPARED THIS THE DAY I BOUGHT IT NEXT TO A T-3 C-1 ALONG WITH SOME SE PRODUCTS...THEY HAVE TOO MUCH POPPY AIR PRESSURE...THE SPL HANDLING WAS NOT GOOD...AS SOON AS I HOOKED THIS UP AND SANG MY FACE DROPPED WITH SUPRISE!..UNBELIEVABLE!..BUT I MUST TELL YOU I RAN ALL THE TEST THROUGH A UA-LA610 TUBE PREAMP..NOW MY VOCALS KICK BUTT!..I RAN IT THEN UP AGAINST A T-103..BLEW IT AWAY..I WAS PREPARED TO GET THE HIGHER DOLLAR MIC BUT GLAD I DIDN'T DONT DO IT UNLESS YOU ARE A FULL BLOWN STUDIO DOING IT AS A LIVING...AND EVEN THEN I WOULD STILL NOT BE AFRAID TO PULL ONE OF THESE OUT FOR THE CUSTOMER TO TRY...BRAVO APEX BRAVO!|
- JOHNNY (11/15/2007)
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