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Audix i-5 - professional dynamic microphone for snare drum (top and bottom), cardioid, 50Hz-16kHz, 150ohm, 144dB max SPL. Also suitable for bongos, quinta etc. inc Carrycase and mic clip, including thread adaptor

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A Great All-Rounder!

22.02.2016

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I have been a fan of Shure SM57s all my musical life (33 years). However, around two years ago, a soundman at church (who often does sound for my band) put me on to the Audix i-5; I worked with him one night and heard it for myself on snare. A few weeks later, I acquired a second hand example; now here's the surprise....

I bought my first Audix i-5 for use on snare and guitar cabinet, mainly as an alternative to my SM57s; but then one night, at a rehearsal, I set it up to sing through. My band does a fair bit of rock and I use my pharyngeal range almost exclusively. Using that system requires one to "compress" his voice, which I find pulls back the volume a little; but by using a "close-capsule" microphone (like the SM57) the singer can engage closer to the diaphragm; when I discovered this, I stopped using SM58s. When using the Audix as a vocal microphone, the "popping" problem, caused by proximity, can be avoided simply by high-passing the vocal somewhere in the 80 Hz region, maybe 100 Hz. Now, in this band, I use this microphone all of the time. I have occasionally switched to a '57 because the results are similar, but I find the Audix is more forgiving if I move off-axis.

So what about the comparison between the Audix and the Shure?

Many people have written about which they prefer and I think it's a pointless discussion. Both mics are great mics in the studio or for live. I think the Shure is the benchmark; and if we think of it that way, then the Audix has a gentle scoop when one A-Bs the two mics. Personally I like both mics and I wouldn't want to be without either type. After owning my first i-5 for a couple of months, I bought a brand-new one from Thomann, with some vouchers I needed to spend.

This weekend I recorded a vocalist and we did a text-book microphone shootout to find out which mic he should use for his lead vocal. We eventually plumped for a Rode condenser but the Audix wasn't far behind and it would have turned in a great result if it were the only mic available. That's quite amazing, since it's not considered a vocal mic for the studio by many people.

If you need an all-rounder, that's built to last a lifetime and you want an extra flavour on top of a '57, buy yourself an Audix i-5, you will not regret it; and rock vocalists might be in for an extra surprise. This would be a great starter mic for anyone into home recording because it will do everything.

Likely uses: guitar cab, bass cab and snare

Surprise uses: vocals, toms, acoustic guitar (close up)

I like: everything about this microphone

I do not like: there is nothing I do not like about it

Awesome on snares and amps

Vale Perkons, 28.07.2016

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I'm using the Audix i-5 in the studio, mostly for recording snare drums and guitar amps - this microphone shines on these sources. It provides a very balanced and nuanced sound without being harsh or too edgy. A great addition to any studio mic locker and it could surely cost more than it does judging by the sound and the build quality - the microphone is sturdy and rugged and can withstand all sorts of abuse - I definitely recommend this microphone for recording snares and guitar amps.

Audix's answer to the SM57.

08.07.2015

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This mic is great. It's basically Audix's answer to the oh so commonly used Shure SM57 mic, and it's a fantastic all-around mic. I use two on my snare drum for the top and bottom head, and they work wonders. Inexpensive with great sound quality, and they can really take a beating if you end up hitting them or dropping them a couple of times. The only complaint I have is the clamp that comes with it. The mic tends to slip out of the clamp every so often, atleast when pointing downwards on a vibrating and shaking snare drum. I've had to push it back into the clamp a lot of times, which can be a bit frustrating if it starts coming out at the wrong time. Other than that, the microphone in itself is fantastic!

The legend!

Thomas3230, 21.01.2015

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You cannot beat this mic for what it is!

It's a pure SM57 killer! No competition! I even have the beta 57 and that it terrible in comparison to this! Infact if somebody offered to trade for an old one of these I would take the trade in a heard beat.

These are sooooo much more clear than a 57, they've got a much more natural sound. I use them all the time at university and decided to buy myself some for home use.

I recommend them all the time to people, they're simply perfect. The only mic I have ever broke is a 57... they're not as reliable as people rave on about, I would prefer to use a 57 as a doorstop in all honesty. These are the real deal! They're the same price but they're literally four or five times better.

They sound better on snares and particularly guitars (without a doubt)

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kp1349kp, 23.06.2016

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I was really happy with this nice for a change instead of a 57 but I wouldn't compare it to it like some people do its a different mic and a different flavour great for all styles on guitar, snare, vox etc. Great price would defiantly recommend!!!
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