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The cardioid pattern Audix i5 Instrument Microphone is a dynamic mic with a smooth, uniform frequency response of 50Hz-16kHz with SPL handling of 140...Click To Read More About This Product

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Versatile and rugged with amazing sound.

The cardioid pattern Audix i5 Instrument Microphone is a dynamic mic with a smooth, uniform frequency response of 50Hz-16kHz with SPL handling of 140dB. It's versatile enough to handle a wide variety of applications and music genres. The i5 is truly a mic for all seasons and sounds great on vocals, snare, and guitar amps, with a clarity that will astound you.

It features a durable cast zinc alloy body, dent-resistant grille, and black E-coat finish. Attractively laser etched with its model and serial number. Audix includes a heavy-duty mic clip and carrying pouch with the i5 Instrument microphone.

FEATURES
Cardioid pattern
Smooth, uniform frequency response
High SPL handling
Durable cast zinc alloy body
Dent-resistant grille
Black E-coat finish
Cable: 55" (1.4 m)
Accessories Furnished: Windscreen, Heavy-duty mic clip, and carrying pouch

A great all-rounder for your mic locker at a very accessible price. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS
Type: Dynamic
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 50Hz - 16kHz
Impedence: 150 ohms
Sensitivity: @1k 1.5 mV/Pa
SPL handling of 140dB
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Audixi5 Instrument Microphone
 
4.7

(based on 33 reviews)

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60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (3)
  • Good audio (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

sm 57 lost the race

I started exchanging micing tech.'s with other engineers in my area and someone randomly mentioned the i-5. I had heard a few recordings with audix drum mics and was impressed, but...Read complete review

I started exchanging micing tech.'s with other engineers in my area and someone randomly mentioned the i-5. I had heard a few recordings with audix drum mics and was impressed, but not enough to change from my akg's and shure's that I'd grown to love. I placed the 57 and the audix on a cab, made sure phase was right, and compared the microphones. I couldn't believe the difference. I-5 won in a heart beat.However, when trying another mic I recently bought, e609, that won on guitars.Now here's what the I-5 was clearly made for...the top of a snare. I put the i-5 on top slightly angeled (45% or less) and then the E609 on the bottom to capture the snares (normally I use a 57 for both purposes) and got the best sounding snare drum I've ever recorded in my life. I am not screwing around, it made for a great recording. Mind you I was recording an Orange County snare, and this could be different for other snare types, but it got the pop, the sustain, and the warmth of the snares from underneath.DRUMMERS! - i-5 on top, e609 on the bottom!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OK mic

Intended to mic instruments, I found the mic's frequency reponse to be what I call a "bang and hiss" classic reponse. The low and high mids are about 5 dB...Read complete review

Intended to mic instruments, I found the mic's frequency reponse to be what I call a "bang and hiss" classic reponse. The low and high mids are about 5 dB higher than the mid band. The problem with that is articulation is between 800 and 3K, and that is where the mic is 5 dB lower! Works well with drums though.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Mic

By BossFan

from Washington DC

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Comments about Audix i5 Instrument Microphone:

I just bought an Audix I5 and recorded some guitar leads with it today. So far I like it better than the SM57, which I have always used in the past. The I5 seems more natural sounding and less compressed and squashed. Both the SM57 and this sound much better than the Sennheiser E609 in my opinion, and I find the I5 the best of the three so far. This is an awesome mic.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sm 57 lost the race

By Thomas-qYAAr

from Virginia Beach, VA

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Comments about Audix i5 Instrument Microphone:

I started exchanging micing tech.'s with other engineers in my area and someone randomly mentioned the i-5. I had heard a few recordings with audix drum mics and was impressed, but not enough to change from my akg's and shure's that I'd grown to love. I placed the 57 and the audix on a cab, made sure phase was right, and compared the microphones. I couldn't believe the difference. I-5 won in a heart beat.However, when trying another mic I recently bought, e609, that won on guitars.Now here's what the I-5 was clearly made for...the top of a snare. I put the i-5 on top slightly angeled (45% or less) and then the E609 on the bottom to capture the snares (normally I use a 57 for both purposes) and got the best sounding snare drum I've ever recorded in my life. I am not screwing around, it made for a great recording. Mind you I was recording an Orange County snare, and this could be different for other snare types, but it got the pop, the sustain, and the warmth of the snares from underneath.DRUMMERS! - i-5 on top, e609 on the bottom!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great all around instrument mic

By Torchwood

from Columbus, OH

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Comments about Audix i5 Instrument Microphone:

This is a great all around instrument microphone, which you can tell is greatly influenced by the Shure SM57. The main difference I've noticed is that the mic has a slightly different character overall, the highs are a little smoother and fuller and the lows are much punchier. I've had great success using it on snares, toms, and as a distance mic for my guitar amp, I still prefer close-miking with the Sennheiser e609 as the i5's punch can be overwhelming if placed too close to the source. I would definitely recommend picking this mic up, definitely a great mic for any arsenal. I only wish I had money to buy more than the two I currently own.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

i5

By negative_daniel

from Oak Cliff, Texas

Comments about Audix i5 Instrument Microphone:

Now that I have owned this mic for over a year, I figured its time to write a review. Considering the basis for comparison of any dynamic microphone is the sm57, I'll say that I own both mics and use them for any quick demo and also use them for final recording mixes. This mic is definitely suited for the stage or the studio... I love this mic for live vocals, toms and guitar cabs in the studio, I feel it has a bit more presence right where you want it as opposed to the shure, which I feel has a little too much highs. It also works well on snares, but I would prefer the sm57 for snare, due to its shape (easier to position). You can feel the reliability of this mic as you hold it, its stout! Buy one and you will be using it for years, regardless of all the reviews you may come across, it is all a matter of personal taste!!! So always remember that when letting these reviews help you make a decision. Hope this helps...Well nevertheless I will be buying another i5 soon!!!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best $ you will ever spend

By GretschFan-nY5a3

from Texas

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Comments about Audix i5 Instrument Microphone:

This mic sounds amazing on snares and guitar cabs. I picked one up the day before a show and put it on my snare during sound check and I was blown away at how much better it sounded than the 57.

We record our shows from FOH on a Zoom Q3HD recorder and the snare cuts through the mix with minimal EQ and no effects necessary, with ghost notes and cross-sticks coming through cleanly. I later purchased an Audix kitSound goes in one end and out the other. No other features needed.
Solid, built like a tank. I have no fears of damaging this mic with a random stick hit.
For the price it's the best you can spend, period.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Mic

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Audix i5 Instrument Microphone:

I bought this mic and compared it to my sm57 on snare and guitar cabinet. I still prefer the sm57. They sound pretty close to each other but I still noticed that the sm57 had a tad bit more of that mid I was looking for with out having to mix. The I5 to me had a warmer sound but I was looking to clean things up, the sm57 made it clear and easier for me. Good mic though for the price and it looks cool.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Twice as good as mic's that cost twice as much

By wkoutlaw

from West, Ky

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Comments about Audix i5 Instrument Microphone:

I have been using a sennheiser 906 for several years and have never been totally satisfied with my amp sound thru the mains. My rig is a Marshall jvm 410 with mesa recitfier cabs. I picked up the i5 and wow, couldn't believe how much better, more punchy, and less shrill my front of house sound was.

(3 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

its no 57

By Mg

from Connecticut

Comments about Audix i5 Instrument Microphone:

Compared to the Sm57 on snare and guitar cab....stick to the 57!!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid and Snappy

By Trace-In-Tune

from Pennsylvania

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Guitar Cabs
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Snare

Comments about Audix i5 Instrument Microphone:

This mic, in fewest words, is... Quality, Durable, and Versatile.

My main use for this mic is used on snare drums. It gives a very clear
and solid sound, with a nice crack on the snare.

It's not too fat, not too thin sounding. Comfortably in the middle, which is
nice, and allows you to shape your own preferred sound, depending on your genre.

This mic is BETTER than my SM57 and 58.
When compared, the Shure sounds slightly muddy, and far too common.

The i5 allows your tracks to shine through a bit, which is nice, keeping your snare and guitar tracks clear and audible, in a busy song mix.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Power Forward

By Essam Shomali Essam Shomali

from montreal canada

Comments about Audix i5 Instrument Microphone:

Ive had this mic for 3 weeks (LOVE IT!) now, wanted to put it to the test on as much as possible before reviewing. all i can say is that it reproduces exactly whats being heard. my snare sounds like my snare. my egnater rebel 30 cab sounds like what it sound like. this shows that the mic will reproduce with fidelity what its placed in front of. That being said i would have to say this beats a shure sm57 because of the fast that it does not modify the sound.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great stuff

By the caveman

from Knox, TN

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Comments about Audix i5 Instrument Microphone:

This mic is really good for live and recording. Over all its alot better than the sm57 and you can really tell a difference in the sound quality over the 57. It just has a warm feel and brings a punch to your sound (but dont get the mic too close like all the other reviews it gets really punchy if its too close). Yeah great mic im fixing to go buy about 4 more.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally Found What I Needed

By Petty Thief

from Oregon

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Comments about Audix i5 Instrument Microphone:

I had tried various methods of recording my guitar and had no luck with any. I bought an RP1000 and tried to use the USB direct recording and hated it. I couldn't get a good tone out of the thing unless I was plugged into an amp. I then bought a Toneport UX2 to use podfarm to record and didn't like that either... I just couldn't find anything I was happy with. I then proceeded to buy a single microphone cable to try out my amps direct output and hated the sound! It was way too muddy and dry. I finally bit my lip and ordered a mic. I looked into quite a few and settled on this one. I had never used a microphone to record before and this mic made it easy! I have no more problems with getting good recording tones and I feel relieved that I can plug in my guitar, hit record on reaper and am good to go!
This microphone captures everything I want it to and nothing else thanks to the design. I use it to mic my Spider Valve 212 and it only picks up the amp. When I play I typically have a really loud backing track or music to play along with and needed something that would ignore the excess noise from the background and this mic does just that!
This microphone is built tough! I don't have a lot of room in my guitar area so I am constantly moving everything around and the mic doesn't show any signs of damage or use. I have dropped it a couple times, it has rolled off of my desk and I stepped on it once even... still works brand new!
This microphone does everything I need it to and I don't regret buying it at all. At first I was a little hesitant due to the price tag, but figured I'd get what I paid for. This microphone lives well past my expectations and I look forward to using it for years.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Audix i5

By Eric Opett

from MD

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Comments about Audix i5 Instrument Microphone:

Best snare mics I have ever purchased, i also use its brother mic the Audix f5 under my snare and blend the two. Make sure your buy high quality cables like Mogami cables. Cables make a huge difference, also another option is to custom make cables which I am in the procces of with my Drum riser. Just buy bulk mic cable off of www.partsexpress.com and high quality male and female XLR's. I have all Audix and never thought about any other brand. I currently use all the fusion mics on my rack toms and their famous kick mics on bass drum and floor toms. What a diffrence Audix really makes. The i5 and f5 really brings out my DW Collectors Series Snare.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

57 vs i5

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Audix i5 Instrument Microphone:

I have used this mic generally on snare because of its body. The 57 comes across a little harsh and shrill compared to the i5. I havent used it on guitar cabinets however I imagine it has the same effect.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Versitile

By vjrocks

from NJ

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Comments about Audix i5 Instrument Microphone:

I purchased the audix i5 mic along with the alesis usb12 mixer, and I must say, the sound quality is impressive. I made a basic 4 track recording today using this setup - audix i5 -> mixer (with built-in preamp) -> macbook. The results were great. I effectively recorded 2 guitar tracks, a bass track, and a drum track. I heard every drum with this 1 mic. I even heard the bass drum well, even though the head is broken and duct-taped together. The volumes were at practice level, and there was no noticeable distortion. I'm thinking about getting a few more of these. If you are looking for a high-quality, versitile mic, and you happen to be on a budget, then buy this mic. It will serve you well.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better Than The Best (SM57)

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Audix i5 Instrument Microphone:

I have one of these at home and i honestly it has a very well rounded sound. It seems to capture all the subtle details of whatever sounds its picking up. I have only used for vocals and its a perfect match for my voice. I sound very balanced capturing the highs and lows of my voice nicely. I can't say for sure but i'm pretty sure it would do a better job than an sm57 when it comes to snare. It seems to be bit more low end heavy but if ask me it captures a pretty good amount of highs as well so its a good mic for guitar as well. I think that when it comes to instruments microphones. This is your best be it is the most balanced one and its built like tank. Its quailty that is built to last.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Greatness

By Nate!

from Ashburn, VA

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Comments about Audix i5 Instrument Microphone:

I love my i5. Audix really hit the nail on the head with this one. I always use it on my (and everyone elses) guitar cabs for both rhythm and lead work. It is my number one choice for snare (top and bottom) and even sounds awesome on horns.It's like this: It sounds better than a Beta 57, costs the price of an SM57, and it's sure as hell built a lot better. Do yourself a favor, and get an i5.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a great mic

By inbloom27

from Crystal Lake, IL

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Comments about Audix i5 Instrument Microphone:

I'm probaly the only one that used this microphone for harmonica. Everyone talks about how much they like this over the sm57. Well, same with me. I tried out this, the sm57, and the green bullet. The 57 was too small to hold, the green bullet was great but i didn't have another amp. The i5 has such a clean sound and it's very bassy. Running this through the PA sounds great. For recording, I use this for harp and also guitar amps. It also sounds great for guitar amps. The casing is also sweet, its a really heavy metal and the whole thing looks slick. Overall, its a great mic. If you play harp and you want a tone like paul butterfield or you want a great sound of guitar amps for live and recording, get this now.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

OK for some recording but hyped, questionable build quality

By Studer Fan

from Baltimore, MD

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Pros

  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Breaks Easily
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about Audix i5 Instrument Microphone:

Too hyped for much except some guitar uses and perhaps snare - has a strange sibilance I can't unhype. Bad news - broke after 2nd use. Was under warranty, which Audix honored. Customer service was a little moody - not real friendly, not super unfriendly either.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great mic - Highly recommended

By gazinkus

from central TX

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Audix i5 Instrument Microphone:

    Very nice general-purpose mic - works good for vocals or instrument miking. Crisper high end than a SM57. Great pricing - I got it on sale. I bought it as a guitar amp mic, but one of the vocalists needed a mic and tried it out. It sounded better than the Beta 58 he had been using.

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