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APEX 185 Pencil Condenser Microphones

One of the most versatile microphones in any engineers' toolkit, the matched pair of Apex 185 multi-pattern pencil condensers are perfect for any application where perfect stereo imaging is required.

APEX 185 Pencil Condenser Microphones Details
One of the most versatile microphones in any engineers' toolkit, the matched pair of Apex 185 multi-pattern pencil condensers are perfect for any application where perfect stereo imaging is required. The Apex 185 are sold only as a matched pair and are small diaphragm pencil condenser microphones. Included is interchangeable omni directional capsules and cardioid capsules that are matched for perfect stereo imaging.

The Apex 185 microphone bodies have on-board -10dB pad and low frequency roll-off switches. Ideal for use tight on drum kits and cymbals (when using the cardioid capsules), overhead on drum kits (when using the omnidirectional capsules) on acoustic guitars, stringed instruments, acoustic pianos, ambient vocals and brass or woodwind sections.

The cardioid capsules are generally used for live sound reinforcement applications and recording applications where wide dynamic range and good off-axis rejection is required. The omni-directional capsules can be used where in the studio or for live recording where off-axis rejection isn't an issue, and the engineer wants to limit proximity effect or needs a wider non-directional pickup pattern.

The Apex 185 has two switches on the microphone body. The -10dB pad switch allows the engineer to reduce the microphone's output when close miking high sound pressure sources like brass and woodwind instruments or when using the Apex185 on drums or percussion instruments. The low-frequency roll-off switch allows the user to reduce low frequency 'clutter' in the audio signal at the source, making for cleaner recorded tracks with increased presence and definition.

The matched pair of Apex 185 come with IMC-9 shockmount cradles to better isolate the capsules when using the microphones for most delicate recording or live sound reinforcement applications. The matched pair of Apex 185 includes individual Frequency Response graphs for the microphones to verify that they are indeed matched pairs. A sturdy carrying case is also included for safe storage and transportation of the Apex 185 microphones, shockmounts, capsules and windsocks.

So how do I know which polar pattern capsule to use for my application?

An omni-directional pattern will give your mic the ability to pickup sound from all directions. This is ideal for recording sounds that emanate from multiple directions, or picking up the source material as well as the natural ambiance and reverberation of a room. Omni-directional patterns also have no proximity effect, or 'bottom end enhancement' as the source gets closer to the microphone. This makes an Omni-directional pattern ideal for use recording choirs, string sections, background vocals or acoustic instruments where a natural 'open' tone quality is preferred.

The cardioid pattern is ideal for single instrument or solo vocal use. This pattern picks up only sound directly in front of the microphone, and sounds from back and sides of the microphone are rejected. The cardioid pattern also has the most pronounced proximity effect, and best off-axis rejection.

APEX 185 Pencil Condenser Microphones Features

  • Pencil Condenser Microphones (Matched Pair)
  • Cardioid and Omnidirectional Polar Patterns
  • -10dB Pad & Low Frequency Roll-Off Switches
APEX 185 Pencil Condenser Microphones Specifications

  • Type: Pencil Condenser
  • Element: Elecret Condenser
  • Frequency Response: 30Hz - 16kHz
  • Sensitivity: -55dB
  • Impedance: 60 ohms
  • Operating Voltage: 9 - 52 VDC
  • Current Drain: >2.0 mA
  • S/N: 76dB
  • Max SPL: 125dB
  • Connection: XLR-M
  • Dimensions: 1 x 5.9 in / 25.4 x 151 mm
  • Weight: 5.07 oz / 144 g

Average Customer Review 4 of 5 | Total Reviews: 4 | Write a review!

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Apex 185 February 18, 2014
Reviewer: dalton Hobson from new rochelle, NY United States  
Love them,fast delivery good price.ill be back Thank You

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You get what you pay for. January 11, 2013
Reviewer: Caleb Trott from Zurich, zurich Switzerland  
After 20 minutes of use one of the mic's stopped responding. I sent them back and 2 months later a second pair arrived. This pair also lasted 10 to 20 minutes before one of them stopped working. I have tested other Mic's with my set up and nothing went wrong. The Apex 185's sounded ok but are cheap and totally undependable. It's going 5 months and I have spent twice what I expected on shipping and taxes (Switzerland...) and still don't have what I paid for.

It is worth paying a bit more. You will end up having to pay anyway as these things don't actually work.

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Excellent Low End Theory February 28, 2012
Reviewer: Tastey Sound  
While it may be true that there are more expensive options out there that will yield impressive lab results, in truth you'd be hard pressed to surpass these mics in the real world. Sure, there may be German mics that have a "better" overall sound. But then you wouldn't be looking at these APEX mics in the first place.

Excellent tonal response through the whole spectrum. Metal body keeps the dings at a minimum, and the included shock mounts are top notch. XLR connector is a nice and tight fit. Interchangeable capsules get the job done without complaint.

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Good Sound - Great Price - Hard not to like March 20, 2011
Reviewer: David @ Orpheum from Tampa, FL United States  
I needed an immediate replacement for my AKG c1000s that had been stolen.  I bought the set of of 185's to act as live overheads, X/Y and spaced pair stereo mics.  I will say their self noise is greater than the c1000 especially compared to the c1000s battery powered mode, but these mics were surprisingly pleasant in their capture of sound. They worked great as overheards live and studio.  And the interchangeable capsules allowed me to experiment with spaced pair in omni and works well as a hi hat mic.  In cardioid, the 185 worked favorably on acoustic guitar and as an X/Y pair. The pad and low cut are a great and noted upgrades over the 180s.  There is a noticeable sizzle in the 5k plus range and they have character as compared to the otherwise straight response of the c1000.  I recommend them to entry level recording students and hobbyists and to PRO live setups and studios alike.  Plus I hear there is an inexpensive mod that can greatly improve the quality of these mics.

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