Audix OM-5

High-Output Dynamic Hypercardioid Microphone with Extra-Tight Response
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For Natural, Authentic Vocals!

This excellent hand held dynamic microphone is great for lead and background vocals. It features an extremely tight hypercardioid pattern and a specially designed VLM type-C capsule that delivers very high output, unsurpassed gain before feedback and smooth response with exceptional vocal clarity.

Audix OM5 Handheld Hypercardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone Features at a Glance:
  • Hypercardioid pattern
  • 144dB SPL
  • Proprietary anti-feedback design
  • Durable scratch resistant spring steel grille
  • Black E-coat Finish
  • Less strain to be heard above the band
  • Gold plated contacts
  • VLM Very low mass diaphragm
  • Reduced phase shift
  • Superior transient response
  • Pouch & clip included
  • Application specific microphones
  • Individually tested & hand assembled
  • Highest levels of gain before feedback
  • Exceptional off-axis rejection
  • Built to last a lifetime

Additional Media

OM-5 Spec Sheet
Studio Microphone Buying Guide
Audix OM-5 Review

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Dynamic
Polar Pattern Hypercardioid
Frequency Response 48Hz-19kHz
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Color Black
Connector XLR
Weight 0.68 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number OM5

Customer Reviews

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Audix OM5

Great mic! Outstanding Customer Service!

My favorite mic!

Love it! I also have a Telefunken mic that rocks the house, but this Audix OM5 has a tighter cardioid pattern which helps me sing bass notes and the Johnny Cash type songs right on pitch, and it also helps with feedback issues, which I have none with this mic on the tiny lounge stage where I use it. Beware, no gang vocals allowed as it doesn't pick up on the sides of the mic so you have to sing dead into it, but for me it's the perfect mic for what I do. And check out that awesome price too! :) You can buy 58's all day for $100, but take the plunge and pay a little bit extra for an extra cool mic! Hi Joseph Secu!
Music background: Busiest bassist in Las Vegas

Great Microphone for male vocals

Our vocalist has a deep baritone voice and we had a lot of troubles getting his voice to cut through the mix. This mic did the trick. We can now hear his vocals and were not pushing the gain so hard that we're always at the verge of feedback. I'll be ordering more of these guys.
Music background: Semi-pro musician

Audix om5

Sick mic.... Spend the extra money... Good for lead and backing... Lil to no feedback on Bose l1 and we pump that thing
Music background: Pro musician

Great audio microphone!

This microphone performs like a pro. Allowed us to achieve so much more gain, due to the vocal pickup range. Have used Seinnheiser, Peavey, Audio-technica, Shure and some others, but these are now our go to mikes on stage.
Music background: Recording musician

Sweetwater Advice

Nick Church

I've owned a number of these mics for several years and have never been less than completely satisfied with their performance in a variety of applications. One of my bands, an all-acoustic three piece with vocalists of widely differing power and projection, would have had major sound problems without the presence, clarity and feedback resistance of an OM5.

Dan VanAmerongen

I use this mic live and it has a full, present sound without being muddy in the midrange. It is one of the best mics in this price range for my voice.

Nick Church

A few years ago I decided to upgrade the mics our band was using for vocals in my PA setup, and, due to comments I had read in a magazine whose reviews I trust, I bought three Audix OM-5 hypercardioid dynamic mics. My band at that time was an acoustic-style cover band, late '60s through to early '90s with a few of our own tunes thrown in, and the lineup was: Lead vocalist, shared lead and backing vocals, myself on backing vocals, and sometimes a soft drum kit or percussion section. Gigs in and around NYC, NY, varied in size from small rooms down in the Village in Manhattan up to 300-500 people at open-air gigs out on Long Island. The difference in our vocal sound with the Audix OM-5's was immediately noticed and favorably commented on, both by all the other band members and quite a few of our regular fans. All of the comments were positive, and even "non-expert" listeners said that we sounded clearer and cleaner. The backing vocalist, whose harmony work was sometimes overshadowed by the lead vocalist, was now able to balance his parts without having to push for notes and strain his voice all night. My job balancing our onstage sound also became a lot easier, and I was able to give everyone all the level they wanted, and still keep comfortably clear of monitor feedback, something that I always had trouble with previously, particularly with the weaker-voiced backing singer. EQ'ing his voice to give it some weight was also a lot easier, and the presence and clarity of the OM-5s allowed everyone in the band to be clearly heard, even in the noisy bars we regularly played. Our live sound was improved so much that I was "forced" to re-record and remix most of our live sampler CD that we gave to potential venues. It wasn't that my previous vocal mics sounded terrible, it's just that the OM-5s sounded SO much cleaner and clearer onstage and front-of-house, and also when we recorded ourselves at gigs. A more electric iteration of the band, with a couple of guest guitar players and a full drum kit only served to show how good the OM-5s were, with the backing vocalist still not having to strain to make himself heard over a much louder instrument line-up. Based on many years of experience with my previous mic choices I would have no hesitation in recommending the OM-5 to anyone looking to improve their live vocal sound, or as a first choice for someone buying their first PA set-up. If you start with mics that sound as good as these you won't need to plan on upgrades that will drastically change (improve) your sound later on, when you hit the big time!
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See also: Dynamic Mics, Audix, Audix Dynamic Microphones, Audix Dynamic Microphones