Audix VX5Item ID: VX5mic
Supercardioid Condenser Microphone with 40Hz-16kHz Frequency Response and 140dB Maximum SPL - Black Satin Finish
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A Stylish Hand-held Condenser!The Audix VX-5 is an excellent-sounding hand-held vocal condenser mic that's well-suited for a variety of live, studio, and broadcast applications - and the fact that it looks great is an extra bonus. The VX-5 boasts a smooth frequency response of 40Hz-16kHz. Its supercardioid polar pickup pattern makes it ideal for capturing vocals, but it's equally as great for capturing acoustic instruments - as a mic for drum overheads, brass, woodwinds, guitar, and more. It handles SPL up to 140dB (with a -10 pad) without distorting. Superb off-axis rejection and resistance to plosives only add to the Audix VX-5's ever-increasing presence on pro stages.
Audix VX-5 Supercardioid Condenser Microphone at a Glance:
Great on vocals and acoustic instruments
The VX-5's high SPL handling (at least 140dB without distortion) makes it a great choice on instruments other than vocals. You can use it as a top-notch drum overhead mic, or use it on brass, woodwinds, hi-hat, percussion toys, and more.
While it's true that sound is paramount in the live sound arena, looking great doesn't hurt either - and in that department the VX-5 also delivers. It features a 14mm gold vapor diaphragm, an acoustically ported steel mesh grill screen, and a long, slim body with an elegant black satin finish. Give your stage or studio a fresh look with the Audix VX-5.
Audix VX-5 Supercardioid Condenser Microphone Features:
The Audix VX-5 delivers reliable sound, and a fresh, sleek look in a condenser!
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Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
Studio Vocals, ...On The Road !
by Ron M from Sydney, AustraliaThis mic is tailor-made for those of us who would like to tour with an AKG C12, Neumann TLM170 or Rode NT1-A, but (like nearly all of us) lack the funds for both the mics themselves and the feedback-p... read more [+]reventing monitoring they'd require onstage, ...not to mention the impracticality of shielding such studio thoroughbreds from road-induced damage, along with the ugliness of their sheer bulk in front of a vocalist's face.
October 2, 2012
Music Background: Over 40 years as a Sound Supervisor/Audio Director, mostly live and on location.
The detailed, ribbon-like, "golden age of radio" naturalness of vocal bass from an Audix VX5 really is as good as that. Honestly. Truly. No exaggeration.
If that weren't enough, its dual-layered wind-basket and rear porting allow pop-free "working" of proximity effect, although a "foamy" will be needed outdoors to allow roll-off free operation without wind rumbling into those rear ports.
Then there's the shock of hearing one of these for the first time after fading down, removing anybody else's standard vocal mic and fading up an Audix VX5.
First off, you'll need more input gain as (even with its "trombone or sax attenuator" switched out) it's quieter by about 10 dB or so.
Then, ...look out !
It's as though your vocals just leapt into the listeners' brains, by-passing all transducers and amplification. Open-mouthed FOH and monitor mixers shake their heads in disbelief. Band members now hear the vocal foldback as though the other mic had been receiving its sound from beneath a pile of laundry. Tech-heads will be wondering what multi-band magic processor has just been switched in...
heaps more crystal-clear gain is available before the onset of feedback.
Best of all, the VX5 costs about the same as any other vocal mic that approaches its level of roadworthy ruggedness.
It appears indestructible with tamper-proof switches that seem built for eternity, the only clue to both its cheapness and its method of achieving total freedom from overload being slight residual self-noise.
In over forty years of professional audio (mostly live and on location) I've found very few mics that also approach the Audix VX5's detailed and eminently workable response, regardless of price.
To my mind, that makes it a genuine bargain.
Be warned, ...lethal force will be required to deprive me of mine. close [-]
Like taking th eblanket off the microphone
by Paul Sarran from Santa Rosa, CAI use them in a House of Worship. We have some really fine singers, including one who is classically trained, and tours nationally. I originally bought 2 for my film work. When I first plugged one in ... read more [+]for our main singer, he was blown away by the clarity and detail. He usually gets standing ovations. When we used this mic, not only did he get a standing ovation, but half of the audience was in tears. I'm not kidding.
September 14, 2008
Music Background: Pro musician, Live Sound, Film/Video sound mixer
Since then we bought 3 more, and everybody loves them. We get comments like, "You guys have never sounded better." close [-]
You won't even know it's there
by John from email@example.comTo be honest i have not had great results on vocals. But it is amazing on acoustic instruments. It is completely natural and transparent, as if you were listening to the instrument, not the instrument... read more [+] through a microphone. close [-]
June 30, 2008
Music Background: Live Sound Engineer
Very nice mic
by Tom Munch from Southern ColoradoVery nice mic. Very similar to the AKG 535, but clearer in the midrange and less prone to feedback. I bought it to replace a Shure 87, and I'm really happy with the VX5.
April 20, 2012
Music Background: Pro Musician
Rick, Gloucester, MA
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