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Audix i-5

Special Micro for Snare DrumThe Audix I-5 is a dynamic microphone for stage and studio instrument micing. It is particularly suitable for loud instruments such as Snare or electric guitar etc and due to its absolutely professional processing is particularly suitable for events.

The I-5 has been designed to meet the needs of users and retailers for a universal, high-quality and cost-effective instrument microphone. In recent years, Audix has successfully produced a wide range of application-specific microphones for e.g. Drums and percussion produced. I-5 is a synthesis of the experiences of these developments. Audix is the leading U.S. Manufacturer of high quality microphones for the event and studio market.

Although the I-5 is manufactured in large numbers for a broad audience, the high quality specifications and quality control standards, as with all other products, are retained as trademarks of Audix.

The I-5 is designed with a cardioid polar pattern that allows the microphone to be transmitted to the stage without crosstalk from other instruments or sounds. With a smooth, even frequency response of 50 Hz - 16 kHz and the sound pressure processing of more than 140 dB, the I-5 is an all purpose microphone suitable for all musical styles.

Each model with the current Audix instrument microphone technology is made of durable cast zinc alloy in a slim housing with a unique basket design and laser-etched model and serial number.

  • Micing from above and below possible
  • Professional dynamic microphone
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency response 50 - 16 kHz
  • Impedance 150 ohms
  • Max. SPL 140 dB
  • Also suitable for wind instruments such as trumpet, trombone etc.!
  • Includes carrying bag, microphone clip and thread adapter
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Further Information

Condenser Microphone No
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Microphone Clamp Yes
Dynamic Microphone Yes
Complete Set No

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A Great All-Rounder!
22.02.2016
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
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SM57 is now only my secondary mic for guitar
Juozapas B., 29.05.2020
Blew my mind. Way better sounding than in most comparisons I've seen online. Much deeper bass, much wider sound. I've always used it with my SM57 and together they form a monstrous sound, canceling each others fizz. Though the mic clip they sent with it can't hold the mic without tilting over... Other than that it looks bullet proof. Works amazing both on guitar and bass cabs. Also tried it on kick and it worked awesome for a demo. Output is a bit higher in level than an SM57, but not considerably. Smaller than SM57 so it can fit into tight spaces. I now use it as my main heavy guitar mic and use the SM57 as a way to cancel out fizz and to reinforce the low mids and mids. I'd chose it over an SM57 if I couldn't use both. Works well in a mix despite what some reviews said.
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Very good instrument mic
Thib H, 20.10.2020
Audix i-5 is a very good instrument mic, comparable to the maybe more famous sm57 from sure. But this one is heavier, and feels more robust. I use it for snare drum recording (one on the top, one on the bottom), and i'm happy with the result!
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sarcobe, 03.12.2019
I am using this mic for recording guitar cabs and acoustic guitar (in combination with a condenser). I also have experience with using Shure SM57 mics, which is I guess the main competitor for this Audix.

Pros:
Build quality is great! Sounds a bit more natural compared to the SM57 when recording guitar cabs, maybe because the mid-range is less pronounced. This may or may not work in your mix, but personally I was pleasantly surprised!

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