APEX 185B Pencil Condenser Microphones

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APEX 185
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APEX 185 Pencil Condenser Microphones

This new version of the Apex 185 retains all of its predecessor's features, specs and time-honored reliability while adding a fresh new black appearance.

The Apex 185B microphone set is the most versatile sound tool in any engineers' mic kit. The matched pair of Apex 185B multi-pattern pencil condensers comes with a choice of cardioid and omnidirectional heads making them perfect for any application where stereo imaging is required, for acoustic guitars and other stringed instruments including acoustic piano, ambient vocals and brass or woodwinds, in-tight or overhead on drum kits, etc.

The cardioid capsules are generally used for live sound reinforcement or recording applications where wide dynamic range and good off-axis rejection is required. The omnidirectional capsules can be used 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 Apex185B 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 such as brass and woodwind instruments or when using the Apex185B 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 185B's 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.

APEX 185 Pencil Condenser Microphones Features

  • Pencil Condenser Microphones (Matched Pair)
  • Interchangeable Cardioid and Omnidirectional Capsules
  • -10dB Pad & Low Frequency Roll-Off Switches
  • Ideal for Studio & Broadcase Applications
  • Rugged Enough for Live Sound Reinforcement
  • Deluxe Shockmounts, Windsocks & Carrying Case Included

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

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  • 5
    Apex 185

    Posted by dalton Hobson on Feb 18th 2014

    Love them,fast delivery good price.ill be back Thank You

  • 5
    Excellent Low End Theory

    Posted by Tastey Sound on Feb 28th 2012

    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.

  • 4
    Good Sound - Great Price - Hard not to like

    Posted by David @ Orpheum on Mar 21st 2011

    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.