APEX 460B Tube Microphone

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APEX 460
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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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  • 5
    Thank you Ryan & FrontEnd Audio!

    Posted by LEONARD W. BROOKS II on Sep 27th 2016

    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!

  • 5

    Posted by James Lauon on Nov 10th 2014

    Great product line and great customer service. I'll be back to buy more equipment soon

  • 4
    apex 460

    Posted by Ricki Begin on Feb 21st 2014

    great tube mic for the dollar!

  • 3
    Great mic Bad shipping

    Posted by Daniel Gautreaux on Mar 1st 2013

    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.

  • 4
    Apex 460 is best value

    Posted by Fuzzywallz on Dec 16th 2012

    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!

  • 5
    Great Price Great Service

    Posted by Steve on Nov 29th 2012

    I bought this Mic to mod. Best platform for DIY.
    FrontEnd Audio ,the service is TOP Notch !!!

  • 5
    excellent product

    Posted by chera ellis on Nov 13th 2012

    i got my product without no hassle or fuss.

  • 5
    Crisp clear and easy to modify

    Posted by Jason on Oct 12th 2012

    I received this mic and what an amazing piece. I plugged it into my GA-73 DLX and the tone I get is amazing. Vocals are crisp, clear and concise. Acoustic guitars you can hear the whole spectrum of notes played, and for hand percussion it captures every nuance of the player

  • 5
    Can't beat it for the price!

    Posted by Trevor on Jun 24th 2012

    Great mic stock but when the mods are applied it quickly becomes comparable to mics 5x its cost!