Audix i5 Dynamic Microphone
The Audix i5 Dynamic Microphone is an all-purpose professional microphone designed by the true microphone experts at Audix to handle a wide variety of applications and survive the absolute torture of live sound gigs. An absolute dream mic for snare drum and guitar amps!
The Audix i5 Dynamic Microphone is used for stage, studio and broadcast applications and is able to handle SPLs in excess of 140 dB without distortion. The Audix i5 can be used to microphone a wide variety of musical instruments, guitars and bass cabinets as well as vocals and speech. The Audix i5 instrument microphone is sturdy, compact and easy to position. With a wide frequency response of 50 Hz - 16 kHz, the i5 provides clear sound reproduction without having to rely on EQ. Designed, assembled and tested by Audix in the USA.
Audix i5 Dynamic Microphone Applications
- Live stage, studio
- Snare, toms, percussion
- Guitar cabinets, electric instruments
- Bass cabinets
- Brass, flute, woodwinds
- Acoustic instruments
- Vocals, speech
Audix i5 Dynamic Microphone Features
- All-purpose professional dynamic instrument mic for live sound or studio
- Clear, accurate sound with wide frequency response
- VLM Capsule for natural, accurate sound reproduction
- Designed, assembled & tested in the USA
Audix i5 Dynamic Microphone Specifications
- Transducer Type: Dynamic
- Frequency Response: 50 Hz - 16 kHz
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Output Impedance: 150 Ohms
- Sensitivity: 1.5 mV / Pa @ 1k
- Capsule Technology: VLM Type B
- Off Axis Rejection: > 23 dB
- Maximum SPL: = 140 dB
- Power Requirements: None
- Connector: Switchcraft Male XLR Connector
- Polarity: Positive Voltage on Pin 2 Relative to Pin 3 of Output XLR Connector
- Housing / Finish: Die Cast Zinc Alloy / Black E-Coat
- Weight: 183 g / 6.5 ounces
- Length: 141.5 mm / 5.6 inches
Audix i5 Dynamic Microphone Includes
- Audix i5 Dynamic Microphone
- MC1 - Heavy-Duty Nylon Molded Clip with Brass Insert
- P1 - Carrying Pouch
- 5 Year Warranty
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What We Think
"Without a doubt, the Audix i5 has become "A Standard". Building off of what made everybody's old-standby great, Audix improved upon the idea of the multi-purpose instrument/vocal microphone. The i5 is a little less "bitey" on the top end and has more bass response than the 'old-standard' - somewhat negating the need for matching it up with another mic tailored for more bottom end response on a guitar or bass cabinet. Speaking of which... while the i5 is a great all around microphone it is exceptionally good on guitar cabinets and on snare drums. And for those concerned with durability, this mic is tough! The capsule is all metal - no plastic! I own two of them and they are used constantly with no fear of getting destroyed by a drummer with a 'wild-pitch'."
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Great value for money - I used the mic on the snare for a session the other day and managed to get a great sound very quickly, with minimal bleed from the hats etc. I'm looking forward to trying it on other sources.
The Audix i5; It's a Dynamic mic and it sounds like one (a 2-dimensional utility microphone), that said - it's a great alternative to an SM57 on the snare drum batter (my main purpose for it), it gives a much more "workable" sound straight off the mic and it is not as "hard" sounding as a 57.
I think unless you go up to an M201TG or 'way up' to an MD441 a couple of 57's and a couple of i5's are the ticket.
Switched to the Audix i5 from a 57 on two guitar cabs. Orange amp is much fuller and brighter sounding. Fender hot rod deluxe is almost piercing on the highs (just like the real sound of the amp). I love all the audix mics I own. Virtually no feedback and good flat sound.
I'm often putting the i5 on a guitar cab as some security blanket and then trying to find some awesome spot away from the cab using a ribbon or condenser. It's a worthy quest, but often the signal captured by the i5 is totally fine.
i5 vs. sm57:
The i5 is not better than an sm57, it's different. It's worthy to compare the two, but it's a waste of time to say one is better than the other. For instance, I like the bass response better on the i5, but would rather use a 57 a snare (or something totally different).
Compare it to Shure sm7b.the top end on audix i5 is obvious more spread.
with the i5,guitar cab and acoustic guitar sound great.
but it won't fit on every vocie.some female voc will sound thin on it.
Sm7b is still an all around voc mic depended on my 9 years experience.
I used those preamp: 7602 MKII,p-solo ribbon.
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Some say the Audix i5 the new standard in dynamic instrument mics, and I'm starting to believe it. The i5 is outstanding on snare drums and electric guitar, but is equally at home on toms and other percussion as well. It's solid as a rock, and there's also no annoying rotating head basket like the SM57! Highly recommended if you're looking for a good workhorse dynamic instrument mic.
This is a strong choice for mic'ing snare drum. It has a higher fidelity sound than, say, an SM57. It also works well for mic'ing guitar amps. This mic is a great value among dynamic mic choices.
This mic just works great, is so much better than the shure sm57, because it has more low end, and finally that what you want when recording a snare or an amp.
Great sounding snare mic!