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APEX 205 Ribbon Microphone

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APEX 205 Ribbon Microphone

The Apex 205 has been designed with today's direct-to-drive digital recording systems in mind. Its classic ribbon element delivers a warm tone and the most natural sound reproduction available from virtually any style of studio microphone.

APEX 205 Ribbon Microphone Details

The microphone is the first, and arguably the most important link the signal chain. In the world where digital recording is now the most common recording media, it is more important than ever that you choose a microphone that is able to capture every subtle nuance of your source material.

The compact Apex 205 has been designed with today's direct-to-drive digital recording systems in mind. Its classic ribbon element delivers a warm tone and the most natural sound reproduction available from virtually any style of studio microphone.

The active element of a ribbon microphone is a very thin corrugated aluminum ribbon mounted under low tension between the poles of a strong magnet. The low-tension 2-inch long, 2-micron thick aluminum ribbon used in the Apex205 offers audio reproduction with smooth, natural extended low and high frequency response, yet handles extremely fast transients accurately. Although ribbon microphones are by their nature extremely fragile, the Apex205 can handle high sound pressure levels approaching 165dB range.

The asymmetrical figure-8 pickup pattern has an extended sweet spot on the rear face of the microphone allowing the recording to accurately reproduce the natural space and ambient reverberation of a good sounding live room.

The integrated yoke mic stand mount and internal shock mount assembly protects the fragile ribbon element during use. Includes a padded carry bag for storage.

APEX 205 Ribbon Microphone Specifications

  • Type : Large Element Ribbon Microphone
  • Ribbon Type : Pure aluminum
  • Dimensions : 2 microns thick, 50mm (L) x 5mm (W)
  • Polar Pattern : Asymmetrical Figure-8
  • Sensitivity : -55dB
  • Frequency Response : 40 to 18,000Hz (+/- 3dB)
  • Impedance : < 200 Ohms
  • Recommended Load Impedance : < 1000 Ohms
  • Max SPL (1% THD @1kHz) : 160dB
  • Equivalent noise level : 17dB
  • S/N ratio : 70dB
  • Diameter : 2inches / 50.5mm
  • Length : 6.5 inches / 170mm
  • Net Weight : 31 oz / 870g
  • Warranty : 1 Year Limited

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awesome mic, awesome price May 29, 2017
Reviewer: chris shaughnessy from Downers Grove, IL United States  
I don't care if they are Chinese, a great sounding ribbon mic for $100? I'm in, all day. Fast shipping to boot. I'll be a customer for a looooong time.

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Apex 205 order April 6, 2017
Reviewer: Maxwell Croy from Leavenworth, WA United States  
Super quick order! I don't have the mic yet as I had it sent to be mod'd but very pleased with the service. Thank you!

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Money Well Spent October 17, 2016
Reviewer: Barry Breckinridge from West Milford, NJ United States  
Bought 2 of these to use primarily as overheads for home recording.  I did the recommended mod removing the internal windscreens.  No issue with ribbon sag...both ribbons looked to be tensioned properly so either quality control is up or I got lucky (based on lots of reviews).  As for quality, they seem solid except for the mounting bracket are a bit chinsey.   As for quality of sound, what can I say for a $100 mic?  I think with good source sounds and a decent room you can get a very respectable recording.  I got a nice solid image of my drum kit in a medium live room that has log walls and a vaulted ceiling.  The woodiness of the room gave a warm somewhat dry sound but enough ambience that they had some life.  While a bit "dark" as ribbon mics supposedly are I find the high end response smoother than my mid-semi-pro level Shure condenser mics.  Plenty of low end information. I noted 1 mic had a 36k bump easily rectified with eq.  For a project studio recording they are a steal.

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Good sounding ribbon mic September 12, 2016
Reviewer: Jim Cavalcante from New York, NY United States  
This mic sounds very good for the price. It's kind of dark sounding in a good way with tight bass response very happy with this purchase.

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Great mic... Amazing service February 15, 2016
Reviewer: b goodkin from studio city, CA United States  
Couldn't be happier with the mic; however, I was really blown away by front end's service and extras...  A nice long mic cable... A pop screen!  I mean for a budget mic I got all this extra stuff??

Awesome!

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