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 ... Read More
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.
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Reviewed by 14 customers
I happened to have found one of these in a closet and I was like cool, new toys. I started using it one pretty much every instrument that I could get to from guitar amp, acoustic guitar, bass amp, and every piece of drum. It didn't take long for me to go buy another. It makes the real tone of everything come alive. The amps sound exactly the way they were meant to and occasionally better. it captured the whole set of ranges for an acoustic. All done with next to no usage of an EQ dial on the board. It may not be the best choice for a bass drum but if you want some assistance hearing it, then it will work for the time being but is only designed to pick up ranges so low.. Miking toms is a glorious time because it captures tones that even a human ear can't to make the tom ring and project beautifully. So if you could only have one kind, an army of these would get you a long way
I went into Guitar Center about 3 years ago to pick up a new SM57, and the salesman there went on and on about how he tried the i5 and immediately stopped using 57's. I was skeptical, but he was extremely persistant. What finally sold me was when he said "if you buy this and don't think it's better than an SM57, I'll personally buy it back from you". I went home and went to work on finding ANY excuse to go back there and tell him what a jerk he was for wasting my time. Like I said, it's been 3 years, and I have yet to find a situation where it doesn't outperform the SM57. It's one of those things where you plug it in and it just works. Every time. The only thing that I found it to not do overly well was record vocals, but that's because it's not a condenser. Some people record their vocals with dynamic mic's, but I've always found it less than appealing. I was going to go back to GC and give him a hard time about that.. but quickly remembered that Audix also makes a slew of large diaphragm condensers (which he would undoubtedly talk me into selling a kidney in order to purchase). In a nutshell, stop reading this and buy it. If you're looking for an SM57, buy this instead. I promise you, its performance will surprise you.
When I was shopping around for an amp mic for my Blues Jr I considered both the SM57 and the i5, and went with the i5 because the reviews said that it is more even across the frequency spectrum, and I never really cared for the 57 anyway. It always sounded to boxy, but the i5 sounds really natural. Give it a shot if you want what comes out of the PA to sound just like what comes out of your amp. Hell, even if you just want to be a little different and not use a 57...
I got to say that I will never use a SM57 after having one of these. When I play live, I need that round and balanced tone as quickly as possible. I've used this mic for a couple years now and the quality is second to none. Better built than the competition by far.
I was goin to purchase the legend sm57 for our snare at church but everyone keep tellin me to go with the i5........wow as soon as i plugged it in monster puch and clearity very happy audix has nailed it with the i5 and D6
I bought this mic orignially just for a snare while recording my band but have found it to be useful in other situations too. I use it to mic my 4x12 cab while recording guitar along with a condensor with great results. ALSO if you are a drummer that sings this is the mic for you, it has a very restricted pickup range so it gets more voice with less drum bleed from behind the kit, this is what my drummer uses to sing. This is a great mic, super durable. Its taken a few good hits with no damage to the body or sound quality.
i purchased one after a friend of mine recommended these over the sm57, since then, i've never looked back!! i recently used it at chruch (crowd of about 700), my sound guy says it blew the sm57 away!! it just cuts through the mix w/ way better clarity!! get one, you won't regret it
I purchased an I-5 because I was told that it was the same price as the shure 57 but sounds identical if not better. I beg to differ. It is a very good mic, but I own a 57 and I can tell definite difference when recording a snare. The 57 is much punchier in my opinion. Sorry Audix.
I buy a shure beta 58 to mic my gabbanelli accordion and i was not geting the sound i buy a audix i5 and it covers all frequencys its small portable and last for ever the best instrument mic and i dont get feed back at high volumes ..........
I haven't been recording too long, but I am very satisfied with this microphone. The first thing I really liked about this mic is that it is very sturdy feeling and the clip threads are metal and not cheap plastic. But, this mic really does give SM57's a run for their money. And personally I like them better. This mic is great for toms, recording guitar amps, snare, and even bass drums with some creative eq-ing. Overall, this mic is a great mic and will be a strong competitor for SM57's
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