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APEX 205 Ribbon Microphone $99

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APEX 205 Ribbon Microphone

The Apex 205 has been designed with today's direct-to-drive digital recording systems in mind. Its classic ribbon element delivers a warm tone and the most natural sound reproduction available from virtually any style of studio microphone.

APEX 205 Ribbon Microphone Details

The microphone is the first, and arguably the most important link the signal chain. In the world where digital recording is now the most common recording media, it is more important than ever that you choose a microphone that is able to capture every subtle nuance of your source material.

The compact Apex 205 has been designed with today's direct-to-drive digital recording systems in mind. Its classic ribbon element delivers a warm tone and the most natural sound reproduction available from virtually any style of studio microphone.

The active element of a ribbon microphone is a very thin corrugated aluminum ribbon mounted under low tension between the poles of a strong magnet. The low-tension 2-inch long, 2-micron thick aluminum ribbon used in the Apex205 offers audio reproduction with smooth, natural extended low and high frequency response, yet handles extremely fast transients accurately. Although ribbon microphones are by their nature extremely fragile, the Apex205 can handle high sound pressure levels approaching 165dB range.

The asymmetrical figure-8 pickup pattern has an extended sweet spot on the rear face of the microphone allowing the recording to accurately reproduce the natural space and ambient reverberation of a good sounding live room.

The integrated yoke mic stand mount and internal shock mount assembly protects the fragile ribbon element during use. Includes a padded carry bag for storage.

APEX 205 Ribbon Microphone Specifications
•Type : Large Element Ribbon Microphone
•Ribbon Type : Pure aluminum
•Dimensions : 2 microns thick, 50mm (L) x 5mm (W)
•Polar Pattern : Asymmetrical Figure-8
•Sensitivity : -55dB
•Frequency Response : 40 to 18,000Hz (+/- 3dB)
•Impedance : < 200 Ohms
•Recommended Load Impedance : < 1000 Ohms
•Max SPL (1% THD @1kHz) : 160dB
•Equivalent noise level : 17dB
•S/N ratio : 70dB
•Diameter : 2inches / 50.5mm
•Length : 6.5 inches / 170mm
•Net Weight : 31 oz / 870g
•Warranty : 1 Year Limited

Ribbon Microphone For Voiceover?

MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone
While for many years ribbon mics fell into disfavor for voiceover, although they were widely used in broadcasting. The first thing to know is that ribbon microphones can be damaged by phantom power, turn off phantom power in your preamp. They tend to have a bit of a light signal, so a pre with robust signal gain will be worth while in the long run,
The element in a ribbon mic is really a ribbon: a tiny ribbon of corrugated metal that floats in a magnetic field.ribbons are figure-8 mics.  The sound of a ribbon mic is mellow and rounded, warm, with a gently rolled off top end that contrasts dramatically with the forward sound of most dynamics and the crystalline, trebly sound of condensers.
 Nothing sounds quite like a ribbon,anything directly behind the mic will be just as loud as  the front. Use these mics either in a booth where reflections into the rear of the mic will be minimal, or even better, in a nice-sounding room where reflections from the rear walls can add character to the vocal signal.remember that figure-8 mics display the strongest proximity effect of any polar pattern. You’ll be able to widely vary the bass content of your recording by having him adjust his distance from the mic. Experiment with turning the mic slightly, too: as off-axis response changes, the tone of the recorded vocal will change possibly in a way you can use.

MXL R150 Ribbon Microphone

Audacity To Record Your PC Speakers

 Audacity’s WASAPI Loopback

Don’t have a Stereo Mix option? Many newer PC's don't. Audacity has a useful feature that will can record the audio coming out of your computer. This takes advantage of something Microsoft added in Windows Vista, and it’ll also function in Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. It helps make up for the lack of a Stereo Mix option on modern Windows PCs.

In Audacity, choose the “Windows WASAPI” audio host and then an appropriate loopback device — for example, “Speakers (loopback)” or “Headphones (loopback).”
Click the Record button to start recording the audio in Audacity, and click Stop when you’re done. Because you’re using Audacity, you can easily trim and edit the sound file when you’re done.

WASAPI loopback has an advantage over stereo mix or similar inputs provided by the soundcard because the capture is entirely digital

Condenser Microphone Definition

The condenser microphone

 is a very simple mechanical system, simply a thin, stretched conductive diaphragm held close to a metal disk called the back plate. This arrangement creates a capacitor, with the back plate receiving its electric charge from an external power source (phantom power). When sound strikes the diaphragm, it vibrates slightly in response to the waveform or whose capacitance changes to the rhythm of the soundwaves that hit the diaphragm. This causes the capacitance to change, which causes the output voltage to vary. This voltage variation is the signal output of the microphone. Phantom power is needed to operate the condenser microphone, either 24 or 48 volts which means that a condenser mic requires at least one additional piece of equipment, a " pre" or preamp.
Most common are large disk studio condenser microphones, which are side address(speak into the side of the mic) and cardioid (directional). The directional nature of condenser microphones makes them popular for studio and voice over work because ambient noise from the back is reduced. Such noise might be street noise or the voice actors voice being reflected from a wall.
There are preamps that provide phantom power and at the same time convert the microphones analog signal to digital for direct connection to a computer by USB or IOS firewire connection. A condenser microphone definition has to mention some cheaper microphones that are sold as condenser microphones but are of a different type known as eletret. They use a permanently charged plate and do not reproduce sound with the quality of top condensers.

RODE NT1-A Condenser Microphone With USB Interface Kit - Scarlett 2i2 + Tripod Mic Stand    

Audio-Technica AT2020USB PLUS Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone


Best Voice Recorder App for Iphone

Best Voice Recorder App?

When searched on Google or in the iPhone App Store there are what seems like more than a thousand apps available for voice recording.  The LEWITT Recorder App is a great pick.

You can try it out for free by downloading it from the IPhone or IPad App Store. Most  functions will be available except export the audio files. With the upgrade the export capability is as good as it gets from Voice recorder apps. I found that it was one of the few apps I didn't mind paying a few bucks for, and the $4.99 US dollars is nothing compared to the value.

It has controls for the input and output gain of the iPhone's built-in microphone. you an add and external microphone, but I think you will be very surprised at the quality of voice recording you get from the stock internal microphone.

You are able to monitor your recording in real time using headphones, and use built in  markers and notes to find editing points, which you can do right on your phone.

The LEWITT Voice Recorder App provides professional recording capability at the weight of the IPhone you are already carrying.

 Useful for:
 Mobile / outdoor recording
 Podcasts and YouTube productions
 Voiceovers and Voiceover Demos

On the move studio quality with sample rates up to 96 kHz and 32 bit.
Unheard of setting selection from built in reverb and audio compressor
Provides waveform display, zoom functions, markers, editing functions, PPM/RMS metering
Add notes, ratings, tags and photos to every recording
Export available in mp3, aac, wav, etc.  at selectable bits and sampling rates
Export by E-mail, iTunes or direct upload to SoundCloud

Editing, compressor and reverb are available with a large number of settings, many more setting, than I've seen on portable apps anywhere. The interface is spectacularly laid out and easy to use with fat fingers. Download this outstanding app and try it. Most likely you will find it worth the $4.99 upgrade.

The LEWITT Voice Recorder App .

Lewitt also markets a selection of audio interface microphones which are a little pricy. This is not one of them.


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