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OmnidirectionalCardioidBidirectionalApex Electronics 415

Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

The Apex 415 is a large-diaphragm, multipattern FET condenser mic of Chinese origin.

A switch on the mic body provide access to three pickup patterns: cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-of-8. A second switch enables the -10dB pad, and a third enables a high-pass filter (aka low-frequency rolloff).

The microphone body is made of anodized brass.

415The DC power circuit appears to be nearly identical to that of the CAD GXL3000. The audio circuit is transformerless, and appears to be based on the common Schoeps design, with two bipolar output transistors.

The 415 ships with a spider shockmount (p/n IMC-3), a foam windscreen, and a storage case.

PCB photos: Jake Levesque

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The mic was released in 2004.


Pickup Patterns Pads & Filters
Omnidirectional (15 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Cardioid (15 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
Bidirectional (15 mV/Pa; 20 - 20,000 Hz)
  • Pad: -10dB (Via Switch)
  • Filter: HPF (Via Switch)
Capsule Dimensions Impedance SPL/Noise
Diameter n/a
200 Ohms (Low) Max SPL: 130 dB
Weight Length Max Diameter Interface(s)
470g (16.58oz) 165mm (6.50'') 50mm (1.97'')
  • 3-pin XLR male (1)
Power Specifications
  • Requires phantom power

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