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APEX 460B Tube Microphone

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List Price: $299.99
Our Price: $249.99

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Product Code: 7493


APEX 460B Large Diaphragm Studio Microphone

This new version of the world-renowned Apex460 retains all of its predecessor's features, specs and time-honored reliability while adding a fresh new appearance premiered on the limited-edition Apex460A Anniversary model.

The Apex 460 tube condenser microphone is perfect for recording both critical vocals and instruments. The dual diaphragm multi-pattern design gives you nine different polar pattern settings to get the perfect microphone sound for every studio application.

The Apex 460 features dual 1-inch gold sputtered 5-micron diaphragms in a shockmount capsule. The 12AT7 vacuum tube pre-amp and capsule is suspended in a solid machined casing to further reduce tube-induced noise. The included external shock-mount suspension virtually eliminates vibration and handling noise, while at the same time safely securing the microphone in any position needed during the recording process.

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 Apex460 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 isn't 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.

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.

APEX 460B Large Diaphragm Studio Microphone Features

  • Dual 1-inch 5-micron capsule
  • 12AT7 vacuum tube pre-amp
  • 9 Polar Paterns: Omni, Cardioid, Figure-8 with 6 Intermediate Stages
  • Includes:
    • Microphone
    • Shock Mount (Black)
    • Tube Microphone Cable
    • Power Supply
    • Protective Microphone Bag

APEX 460B Large Diaphragm Studio Microphone Specifications

  • Type: Condenser Pressure Gradient Microphone with 1-Inch Dual Diaphragm and Tube Preamp
  • Polar Pattern: Omni, Cardioid, Figure-8 with 6 Intermediate Stages
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 14mv/Pa = -37dB (0dB = 1v/Pa) -10dB
  • Impedance: <200 Ohms
  • S/N: 76dB
  • Max SPL: (For 1% THD @ 1000Hz) 125dB
  • Equivalent Noise: IEC 268 - 4 (A weighted) 20dB - A
  • Power Requirement: Dedicated Power Supply
  • Controls: Pattern Select knob (on power supply)
  • Dimensions: 9.45 x 1.8 in / 240 x 46 mm
  • Weight: 29.1 oz / 824g

What We Think - APEX 460 Review

"In it's natural form, the Apex 460 is an excellent microphone for the price. However, compared to more expensive mics, the 460 might lack an overall clarity, depth, and bottom that most associate with tube microphones. The Apex 460 is a microphone modifier's delight. So, we sell a lot of these mics paired up with the Peluso CEK-12 capsule and the results when modified are very good."

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Average Customer Review 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 25

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Thank you Ryan & FrontEnd Audio! September 27, 2016
Reviewer: LEONARD W. BROOKS II from Ankeny, IA United States  
My experience with Ryan & FRONTEND AUDIO was awesome! I acquired an APEX 460B tube microphone. The mic shipped predictably, was packaged professionally, protected & insured. Shipment was received promptly as expected.  I love this "black beauty." Extremely pleased with my purchase. Was especially blessed to buy from true professionals like Ryan & FRONTEND AUDIO. Far far far exceeded expectations!

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Excellent November 10, 2014
Reviewer: James Lauon from Springfield, MA United States  
Great product line and great customer service. I'll be back to buy more equipment soon

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apex 460 February 21, 2014
Reviewer: Ricki Begin from Kearny, NJ United States  
great tube mic for the dollar!

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Great mic Bad shipping March 1, 2013
Reviewer: Daniel Gautreaux from Mesa, AZ United States  
The mic works great but the entire top part is dent in upon arrival. It still works fine so I decided against sending it back and having to wait to get another one.

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Apex 460 is best value December 15, 2012
Reviewer: Fuzzywallz from Tempe, AZ United States  
For $190 I don't mind that it has no HP filter and that it is terribly sibilant on vocals. After realizing that, I hunted for an app where this mic could at least be "useful". That's when i found that it sounds AMAZING when placed about 1.5 feet from a guitar amp grille- extremely smooth, punchy and "3-D" sounding (compared to an sm-57, 3" off grille). It also sounds great on the outside of kick drum.... Thanks for the quick and free delivery from Front End!

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