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APEX 250 Compact Ribbon Microphone

APEX 250
APEX 250
List Price: $219.00
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APEX 250 Compact Ribbon Microphone

APEX 250 Compact Ribbon Microphone

APEX 250 Compact Ribbon Microphone Details

The Apex 250 Compact Ribbon Microphone delivers the high fidelity performance of a traditional large element ribbon microphone in a compact, rugged body design and enhanced integrated windscreen. Designed for the studio, but built rugged enough for the road, the Apex 250 handles high SPL sources with stunning clarity and precision. The lightweight aluminum ribbon element offers an extremely wide dynamic range with an unmatched frequency response, making it a truly versatile microphone for any audio engineer's toolkit. The Apex 250 is shipped with an IMC-10 isolation shockmount, and rugged aluminum case.

The active element of any ribbon microphone is a very thin corrugated aluminum ribbon mounted under low tension between the poles of a strong magnet. The low-tension 2-micron thick aluminum ribbon used in the Apex 250 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 Apex 250 can handle high sound pressure levels approaching 148dB range.

For best results always use the supplied shockmount when using the Apex 250. A ribbon microphone delivers a slightly lower output level than can be expected from a typical dynamic or condenser microphone in most applications. This is normal for any ribbon microphone including the Apex 250. Simply increase input gain at your preamp or mixer to ensure the Apex 250 has ample input level for your application.

With any ribbon mic, it is best to keep the sound source directly aimed at the windscreen, keeping the capsule approximately six inches away to avoid air overloading the ribbon and to minimize distortion. A good pop filter is also recommended for all vocal applications.

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.

Phantom Power is NOT required or recommended for any ribbon microphone, including the Apex 250. Apex 250 has an effective integrated circuit to protect the fragile ribbon element from accidental exposure to phantom power sources; however it is wise to avoid subjecting any ribbon mic to phantom power, as this may irreparably damage the ribbon element. It is best to exercise caution when phantom power is present, and where possible ensure phantom power is not active on channels strips or microphone preamps where the Apex 250 is connected.

The Apex 250 should always be stored upright in the carrying case when the microphone is not in use to prolong life and preserve performance of the ribbon capsule.

APEX 250 Compact Ribbon Microphone Features

  • Classic Ribbon Microphone Design
  • Rugged Heavy Duty Chassis and All-Metal Windscreen
  • Full Figure-8 Polar Pattern
  • Wide Dynamic Range with Extended Low Frequency Response
  • Includes Aluminum Carrying Case and Microphone Shockmount

APEX 250 Compact Ribbon Microphone Specifications

  • Polar pattern: Figure-8
  • Sensitivity: -54dB 2dB (0dB=1V/Pa)
  • Frequency Response: 30Hz to 15kHz
  • Impedance: <600 Ohms
  • Recommended load impedance: >3000 Ohms
  • Max. SPL: 148dB (1% THD@1000Hz):
  • Equivalent Noise: 18dB IEC 268-4 (A weighted)
  • Connection: Standard 3-pin XLR""M
  • Dimensions (in): 2.25 x 7.9
  • Dimensions (mm): 58x200
  • Net Weight (oz/g): 15/420

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Average Customer Review 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 4

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Killer Cab Mic February 3, 2011
Reviewer: Jeremy Persinger, Chief Engineer from Union, KY United States  
There is a formula.  It's dark so throw it 4 inches from dead center for max top end capable.  The translation won against the Trion 7000 and the the sm57.  It has a great gain translation at any stage, and its expression of tube dynamics where also superior.  And it shelfs itself nice with minimal eq needed if everything else you track happens on dif mics.  Once you get the proximity worked out for your cab...Dark Magic!

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Dual Element Ribbon November 27, 2010
Reviewer: S Jansen from United States  
Ribbon mics "smooth out" any signal going into them, just by virtue of being ribbon mics.  The Apex 215 *really* smooths out the signal...much more than I'd expected.  I *do* like that I got a hotter ribbon signal due to the dual elements (I was able to use my recorder's on-board pre's), but the sound I got was...not extremely detailed.  Not bad, though.  I used it on vibes - I wanted to dull the bright mallet attack, & vibes can be pretty loud, so a ribbon was a good choice.  The 215 rounded it out, de-harshed it - I liked the way it darkened the tone.  This is NOT a "go-to" mic - but for loud, bright sources (vibes, drum overheads, brass, handclaps, various percussion, female vocal) it may be a great choice, because of it's unusual character.  This would be a fine "starter" ribbon for those who want one: low price, no need for an add'l mic pre-amp (pretty much a necessity for typical ribbons), and a very different tone which may be just the right choice for very bright sources.

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got my money's worth January 14, 2010
Reviewer: Collin Sirola from Walnut, CA United States  
I own several mics from the md421 to the k5...  looking for a ribbon to add to my cabinet... very nice with lots of smooth low end, better than a 58 but can't touch the 4050 or nt2a (as expected) has a very unusual color to my recordings, lining through a focusrite isa 1 a dmp3 and a bla auteur... surprisingly i think it sounds best through the maudio (the isa just doesn't drive it enough) so yes, nice mic for the price, pretty smooth, fun to play around with if it is a bit ugly. (it is)

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first ribbon mic November 12, 2008
Reviewer: ElectricFishProductions from Indiana  
Very nice. Smooth, quiet, balanced. Requires lots of gain, as expected.
 I would recommend this to anyone wanting to try a ribbon mic without spending too much money.
 I've used it on acoustic guitar, male vocal, congas, shakers - all with very good results. On tambourine it was only fair.
Takes eq - cut or boost - very well.
 This is my first ribbon, but I've had plenty of experience with good mics from Audio-Technica, SE Electronics, AKG, and Studio Projects (the Studio Projects B3 is another low priced gem).
Front End Audio shipped in a day, very well packaged, and the price was excellent.

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