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.