APEX 460B Tube Microphone

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APEX 460
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APEX 460B Tube Microphone

The APEX 460B is a high performance wide diaphragm vacuum tube microphone that delivers incredible versatility and tone. The APEX 460B is an outstanding choice as the main microphone for any professional studio, home studio, or any of the computer based direct to hard drive recording system.

The APEX 460B Tube Microphone is the new version of the world-renowned APEX 460 retains all of its predecessor's features, specs and time-honored reliability while adding a fresh new appearance premiered on the limited-edition APEX 460A Anniversary model. The 12AT7 tube in the APEX 460's preamp stage offers warmth and a smooth transient response not available in solid-state microphone design. The APEX 460B has nine different selectable polar patterns easily available from a 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 APEX 460B has three gradient stages between each position. This allows the studio engineer or home recordist far more versatility especially in vocal applications where an omnidirectional pattern isn't quite 'fat' enough, but cardioid is too narrow.

Due to their rugged construction, high SPL handling capability and affordable price, the APEX 460B is also an outstanding choice for live sound reinforcement or live recording. They have proven themselves as a versatile overhead microphone for drum kits, for guitar or bass cabinets where superior sound quality and high sound pressure handling is required. They are also the mic of choice for saxophones, flutes, acoustic guitars or acoustic bass where subtlety and clarity is paramount.

APEX 460B Tube Microphone Features

  • Nine user-selectable polar patterns including omnidirectional, cardioid, figure eight with gradient positions between each
  • True tube microphone design with dual 1-inch gold sputtered capsules
  • External high voltage power supply to reduce system noise
  • Unmatched warmth, character and tone

APEX 460B Tube Microphone Specifications

  • Type: Tube Condenser
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Sensitivity: -37dB
  • Impedance:
  • Equivalent Noise Level: 20dB
  • S/N: 76dB
  • Max SPL: 125dB
  • Power Requirement: Dedicated Power Supply (Included)
  • Controls: Pattern Select Knob (On Power Supply)
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.8 in / 240 x 46 mm
  • Weight: 29 oz / 824 g

APEX 460B Tube Microphone Includes

  • APEX 460B Tube Microphone
  • IMC-10 Shockmount
  • Foam Windsock
  • 7-pin XLR Cable
  • Power Supply (ADP0006)
  • Carry Case

What We Think

"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!