Audix VX5 Reviews4.8/5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
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from Sydney, Australia
October 2, 2012Music Background:
Over 40 years as a Sound Supervisor/Audio Director, mostly live and on location.
Studio Vocals, ...On The Road !This 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-preventing 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.
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.
from Santa Rosa, CA
September 14, 2008Music Background:
Pro musician, Live Sound, Film/Video sound mixer
Like taking th eblanket off the microphoneI 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 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.
Since then we bought 3 more, and everybody loves them. We get comments like, "You guys have never sounded better."
June 30, 2008Music Background:
Live Sound Engineer
You won't even know it's thereTo 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 through a microphone.
from Southern Colorado
April 20, 2012Music Background:
Very nice micVery 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.