Originally Posted by dkelley
Berry C2s are imho somewhat better sounding out of the box than apex 18X series mics.
But I hate those apex mics - 10+db of harsh peaking around 7k or so?? how on earth did these ever become popular mics.
the C2 is much less peaky and while it has cruddy electronics, so do the apex mics.
I like 'em better stock and they cost a quarter as much and are cute and helpful when needed. My apexes were such crappy mics and sounded so different from each other (trying all 4 capsules the pair came with - each mic body sounded different with the same cap swapped, and each same cap design (cardoid versus omni) sounded different from the supposed same one when swapped on the same body. and they were all harsh, had no headroom, hissed, and were noisy if you touched the bodies.
the C2 pair I bought really WAS matched - they sound the same, although one is slightly quieter than the other (whcih is just fine, tone is the same which is what counts for thsi price). and not nearly as harsh - actually quite nice on acoustic guitars.
edit: oh, and I didn't know gefell made sdcs. cool. :-)
I agree about the Apex 18X. Huge dissapointment. Modding them can turn them from unusable to great mics, but who want to chuck money out on something that's initially useless? They are basically a poor cousin to the MXL 60X series. It's too bad something happened between the MXL/Yamaha dealer and L & M in Canada. I find most stock MXL sound better out of the box than Apex's. That said, it doesn't take much to get an Apex 460 up to snuff.....
I think the whole Apex line is big in Canada because L and M pushes the brand a lot.
(Back to the C2 mics) They're better than what most people would expect for the price. I had a pair of KM184
mics for about 6months and they simply captured a lot of detail that the C2 did not (among other things). I have a project file from 5 years ago where we were trying low end mics to see what type of sound we wanted for a low budget album. I believe I had an MXL 69me with an Apex 170, up against a pair of Behringer C2 mics and the C2's got slaughtered. I'll see if I can track the file down and post it.