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Audix F5 Instrument Microphone  

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The all-purpose Audix f5 Fusion Series dynamic instrument microphone is designed to mic a wide variety of musical instruments, including snare, toms,...Read More

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Dynamic mic designed for a wide variety of musical instruments, cabinets, and vocals.

The all-purpose Audix f5 Fusion Series dynamic instrument microphone is designed to mic a wide variety of musical instruments, including snare, toms, percussion, guitar and bass cabinets, brass, flute, and woodwinds, as well as vocals and speech. Assembled and tested by Audix in the USA, the f5 is an ideal mic for both stage and studio applications.

With a wide frequency response of 55Hz-15kHz, the versatile Audix f5 mic provides clear, accurate, natural sound reproduction without having to rely on EQ. The f5 mic handles sound pressure levels in excess of 137dB without distortion, which lets you mic anything from guitar and bass cabinets to heavy brass with supreme confidence.

Sturdy, compact, and easy to position, the f5's roadworthy construction includes a precision-cast zinc-alloy body, black finish, laser-etched model number, steel mesh grille, gold XLR connector, and a tension-fit, heavy-duty-nylon mic clip.

Using in Audix f5:
The f5 has a tight (hypercardioid) pick-up pattern in order to help eliminate sound from other instruments on stage from bleeding into the microphone. For this reason, the f5 is exceptionally effective for drums and percussion in be able to capture the sound of each component of the kit.

Snare:
Start with the f5 about 2 inches above the head and aimed towards the center of the drum. For more "rim" effect, the f5 can be aimed less towards the center and more towards the rim. It is not uncommon for engineers to place the mic practically right on the drumhead to achieve a very tight, cracking sensation.

Toms, congas:
Similar to snare. For tighter sound and more attack place, the mic closer to the head. For more decay and overtones pull the mic further away from the head.

Guitar cabs:

The f5 can be placed within 1-2 inches of the grill cover at a 90° angle pointing directly into the speaker. If the mic is placed closer to the edge of the speaker, you will minimize the higher frequencies and get a warmer, fatter tone. To capture more highs, move the mic closer towards the center of the speaker, but avoid the middle of the speaker.

Horns:
Place the mic within 1 - 2 inches of the bell, especially when on a stage with drums, bass, guitar, etc. For jazz, classical, and music where the stage volume is lower, the mic can be placed further away for a richer, fuller, sound.

Operation:
The f5 is a low impedance microphone and should be plugged into a mic-level input on your console, mixer, or recording device. Please note that your microphone does not require phantom power and will not be effected in any way by phantom power should it be running simultaneously when the microphone is in operation. Avoid plugging or unplugging the microphone from the PA system unless the channel is muted or the volume of the system turned down. Failure to do so may result in a loud popping noise, which could seriously damage the speakers in the PA system.


FEATURES
  • Hypercardioid pickup pattern for isolation and feedback control
  • Low-mass diaphragm for clear, natural, accurate sound reproduction without having to rely on EQ
  • Handles high SPL (≥137dB) without distortion
  • Applications for stage and studio:
  • Snare
  • Toms
  • Percussion
  • Guitar and bass cabinets
  • Electric instruments
  • Brass
  • Flute
  • Woodwinds
  • Acoustic instruments
  • Vocals and speech

A "desert island" workhorse dynamic mic that can do it all. Order an Audix f5 today!

SPECIFICATIONS

F5 Instrument Microphone

  • Type: Dynamic
  • Polar Pattern: Hypercardioid
  • Frequency Response: 55Hz-15kHz
  • Impedence: 580 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 2.2mv/Pa@1k
  • Off-axis rejection: > 20dB
  • Maximum SPL: ≥ 137dB
  • Power requirements: None
  • Connector: 3-pin gold-plated male XLR connector
  • Polarity: Positive voltage on pin
  • 2 relative to pin 3 of output XLR connector
  • Housing: Cast zinc alloy
  • Finish: Black coat
  • Weight 10oz. (283g)
  • Length 5.7" (145mm)
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AudixF5 Instrument Microphone
 
4.6

(based on 5 reviews)

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  • Durable (4)
  • Compact (3)

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    4.0

    Possibly A Good All Around Mic

    By Nutty_Engineering_Professor

    from Portland, Oregon

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Audix F5 Instrument Microphone:

    This is my first dynamic instrument mic purchase. When I saw a low-priced restock price for a USA made mic, I made my purchase decision quickly.
    A few days after I received my new mic (it appears brand new including packaging), I put it to use in micing a nylon-stringed early 60s Gibson classical guitar that was backing a small vocal choir at our church. A grand piano and an electric bass were also present. This mic ran into a powered mixer that sent a line-out to the church's main front-of-house PA system along with powering a small floor monitor so that the singers and instrumentalists could hear the guitar.
    During our rehearsal the day before in the empty church, my sound-check indicated that my new Audix f5 instrument mic would work well to sound-reinforce the old Gibson nylon-stringed classical guitar. On the next day of the performance, however, the mic "failed" to meet our expectations, but I believe it was "operator-error". Here were the mistakes I believe we made: Before the classical guitar performance, my new Audix instrument mic was set up to be used as a vocal mic of the lead female singer/cantor. By the way, the accompanying small choir was distance-miked by a condenser mic (AKG C-1000s). When it was time to mic the classical guitar, the Audix instrument mic was hastily repositioned too far away from the classical guitar to adequately pick up its sound - it was perhaps 12-inches distant from the guitar's top versus the 6-inches distance we used in the successful rehearsal/soundcheck the day before. Since I was preoccupied playing bass guitar during the performance, there was no one else available to "gain-ride" the Audix instrument mic on the classical guitar.
    I was so bothered by my "mistake" as the defacto soundman at church that I practiced micing my acoustic guitar (mid 70's Martin D28 with light strings) at home, concluding that my new Audix f5 instrument mic is a superior-sounding mic compared to my older workhorse dynamic vocal mics - a Shure SM-58 and an A-T Pro 31. My two older mics are loud but not as clear as this new mic.
    Thanks for reading about my recent micing experience.

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    5.0

    excellent mic

    By chuck

    from waltham ma

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Rugged

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Audix F5 Instrument Microphone:

      this sounds just as good or better than an sm57.

      clear and present sound.

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      4.0

      Nice

      By Drastic

      from Sandy, OR

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Drum Micing
        • Events
        • Instrument Micing
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances

        Comments about Audix F5 Instrument Microphone:

        Put this mic side by side up against a Shure PG56 and a Sennheiser E509 snare mic. This mic did surprisingly well against the Sennheiser mic, and absolutely blew away the Shure PG56. It wasn't quite as good as the Senny, because it clips fairly easily when placed about 2 inches from my hi hat. But the sound quality is great. I did not know what I was missing using the PG's, because they sound like I'm drowning in mud. When I hooked up the Senny, a whole new world came into play. Then I received this mic in the mail, from SDOTD sale. Put all three mics on the snare at once and recorded away. The evidence was clear, the Senny would be my main snare mic, the Audix would be my new H-H mic, and the Shure's will eventuall be replaced and put on a shelf to rot.

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        5.0

        New weapon

        By Barrnone

        from South Mississippi

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Audix F5 Instrument Microphone:

          Another great addition to my kit.

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          (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Favorite All Around Instrument Mic

          By dreamlabstudio

          from North Tampa Bay

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Djembe Drum Guitar Cab

            Comments about Audix F5 Instrument Microphone:

            I own a small recording studio. I bought this mic four years ago in a set for recording drum kits. It didn't get a lot if use until last week. I need to mic a Remo Djembe. I used a Sterling ST55 for the top and the F5 for the bottom. Amazingly, the F5 gave me the better sound. So I tried it out on a Peavey Classic 30 in place of my SM57. The F6 won again! I will do a show Saturday with the F6 in front of my Peavey Viper.

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