Audix i5Item ID: i5
Dynamic Instrument Microphone
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Your Go-to Mic for Live Instruments!When it comes to live miking, your instruments deserve the same attention to detail that your vocals get. Audix made thier amazing i5 dynamic microphone to make everything from drums to guitar amps to horns sound fantastic. Oh, and the i5 actually sounds great on vocals too! The flat cap design and rugged body make this mic a natural for miking instruments onstage, and its ability to handle very high SPLs makes the i5 perfect for all kinds of instruments and amps. You'll also love how it sounds in the studio! The i5 comes complete with a heavy-duty mic clip and a carrying pouch.
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Jordan, Marquette, MI
Reviewsbased on 22 reviews
Doesn't replace an SM57 and an SM57 doesn't replace an i5
by Dave from Philadelphia, PA, USA, EarthI have been a professional mixing and recording engineer at several different music and broadcast studios over the years, so of corse I have my own home studio. I am always hearing engineers and clien... read more [+]ts comparing the sm57 with the i5 and which "is better". I own two i5's, five sm57's, a beta 57, two e906's, and an e609, as far as multipurpose dynamic microphones (not counting kick and bass mics). What it really comes down to is what sound I want, the instrument, the mic placement, and the outboard gear I'm mixing with.
March 14, 2013
Music Background: Recording / Mixing Engineer, Musican
As far as drums, I love the i5 on the bottom of the snare with a 57 or sometimes e906 on the top (depending on the drum kit and the sound the client wants). The i5 really captures the high end transients of the snare, while the sm57 captures the body. I also love the i5 on most rack toms, while for some reason I like the sm57s on the floor toms (with an MD 421 II also well sometimes). I've even used the i5 on a high hat before and got a nice sound (with a pencil condenser at the same distance with the -db pad on and with overheads of corse).
On several different guitar amps I've A/Bed the i5 and the sm57, on and off axis, in several different parts of the speaker cone. It really depends on the cabinet and the amp. Sometimes I like the i5 on vintage tweed style amp if it's lacking high-end, and sometimes I like the 57 on tweed amp because of the ways the 57 makes very subte even harmonic distortion on the high end. But for the most part, I use the i5 on modern amps especially for lead guitar and the sm57 on vintage style amps. But I always have at least a ribbon mic, a condenser, and a room mic on the amps as well.
The i5 has great upper mid range that stays clean and clear, and it also has a lot of body. I think if you have the money and you're recording guitar, drums, or whatever, you should get an i5, an SM57, and an e906. I have no personal favorite they all are great tools. And you can't have too many multipurpose dynamic mics. close [-]
by Brian from Hampton, VA. USAThis mic sounds great. Using them drum mics. They handle the drums well. Got these for acoustic guitars but have not actually used the for that yet.
February 6, 2013
Music Background: Project Studio Owner, Recording Engineer, Guitarist
Perfect for Flute
by John Cyparski from Hood River, ORAfter searching for many years have finally found the perfect flute mic for the stage.This mic is like a 57 on steroids....a big clear full bodied sound without the sometimes muddy thin hollow sound o... read more [+]f a 57. Is music to my ears which makes my playing on the stage so much better.
March 27, 2012
Music Background: Pro Musician, Sound Engineer
Have used it to mic snares also and will never use a 57 again. close [-]
by from Central, MNI use this to mic guitar cabs, snare, even used it as overheads before. In a pinch, I have used it as a kick mic. as well. It works for pretty much everything. I have since traded off, or sold all ... read more [+]of my 57's, and use i5's. I love this mic!! close [-]
January 30, 2012
Music Background: Live Sound, band, live recording.
The Audix i5 can handle high SPL, has quick response, good range, and strong off-axis rejection. Definitely my go-to instrument mic on stage. Ideal for guitar cabs and snare, I've also used it on acoustic guitar and mandolin with good results.
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