Audix VX5

Supercardioid Condenser Microphone with 40Hz-16kHz Frequency Response and 140dB Maximum SPL - Black Satin Finish
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Audix VX5
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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
  • Sleek-looking microphone

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.

Sleek-looking microphone
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:
  • Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
  • Frequency Response: 40Hz - 16kHz
  • On/Off Switch: No Switch
  • Impedance: 150 Ohms
  • mV/Pascal Sensitivity: 6.9mV
  • Off-axis Rejection: >20dB
  • Max SPL: 140dB (with -10 pad)
  • Acoustically ported steel mesh screen
  • 14mm gold vapor diaphgram
  • Rugged die cast zinc body
  • Black satin finish
  • Requires +48V phantom power
The Audix VX-5 delivers reliable sound, and a fresh, sleek look in a condenser!

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Additional Media

Studio Microphone Buying Guide
VX5 Spec Sheet

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Diaphragm Size 0.55" (14mm)
Frequency Response 40Hz-16.5kHz
Max SPL 140dB
Output Impedance 150 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 68dB
Self Noise 26dB (A weighted)
Low Cut Filter Yes
Pads -10dB
Color Black
Connector XLR
Weight 0.5 lbs.
Included Accessories Mic Clip, Carrying Pouch
Manufacturer Part Number VX5

Customer Reviews

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Studio Mic for Live Sound

I bought this mic because I really wanted to get a super clean "studio quality" audio recording of my vocal track for a live promo video shoot of an original acoustic performance. Man...this mic didn't (and still doesn't) disappoint! It's still my go-to mic for live performances. It really is silky smooth live, records similar to my large diaphragm condensers and does a really nice job of keeping my acoustic guitar "bleed" out. Great mic!!!

Best Mic for Keyboardist

Moving around on a keyboard trying to sing into other mics can be difficult, but with this microphone, I don't have to worry about it. I can be a few inches away and this mic will still pick up my voice. Our band's bought other Audix mics in the past, the OM2 and OM3, and both are still in commission and still sound great for our guitarists. Totally clean and clear sound~ no boominess for the guys singing low end and the high ranges are maintained for the gals. And I am always happy with the excellent help and tech advice from Paul Allen, my sales advisor-- and Sweetwater ships so darn quick!
Music background: part time gigging musician

One of the best mics around!

I first heard this mic used on woodwinds for an outdoor musical and was floored how transparent and life-like it was. I have since purchased 2 for the theater I work in and have used it on percussion, Vocals, Choirs, every kind of stringed instrument you can think of from banjos to pipa's to acoustic gtr, to podium mic for speeches. every time i use it I am blown away. I can't use it enough. If I could only have 1 mic in my box, this would be it.
Music background: Live sound engineer, sometimes live recording guy.

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... ...and... 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.
Music background: Over 40 years as a Sound Supervisor/Audio Director, mostly live and on location.

Like taking th eblanket off the microphone

I 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."
Music background: Pro musician, Live Sound, Film/Video sound mixer
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