Audix i5 Dynamic Microphone

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.

Audix i5 Dynamic Instrument Microphone Features at a Glance:
  • Built tough for road use
  • Perfect for all kinds of instruments and amps
  • Flat cap design perfect for close-miking instruments and cabinets
  • SPL handling: 140dB
  • Type: Dynamic mic
  • Polar pattern: Cardioid
  • Frequency Response: 50Hz-16kHz
  • Impedence: 150 ohms
  • Sensitivity: @1k 1.5 mV/Pa
  • Mic your live instruments right, with Audix's i5!

Additional Media

i5 Spec Sheet
Studio Microphone Buying Guide
Mics and More
Mic those Drums!

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Dynamic
Polar Pattern Cardioid
Frequency Response 50Hz-16kHz
Output Impedance 150 ohms
Color Black
Connector XLR
Weight 0.4 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number I5

Customer Reviews

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Sounds Great on Guitars

You can use this in a similar manner to an SM57. It sounds great for recording guitars, however it has a very different set of characteristics than the "workhorse of the industry." The SM57 colors the sound a bit and depending on the situation, may make the guitar jump out a little in the mix or make the guitar sound a bit harsh. I'm finding that it is less necessary to ad a bunch of EQ afterwords to tame the guitar sound. Maybe not a replacement for the 57, just another option to change things up a bit.

Great mic.

I 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 of my 57's, and use i5's. I love this mic!!
Music background: Live Sound, band, live recording.

Thinking about the old "standard"? Buy the i5 instead.

The i5 is a fantastic recording microphone for guitar amplifiers. I have found it to be sort of like using a Shure SM57 for the highs and a Sennheiser 421 for the lows, only with the i5 you don't have the phase issues plaguing you that would be present when using two mics. While it has sufficient presence, it doesn't come off as bitey. Smooth without being dark, present without biting, and lots of body without spilling out of the spandex; all appropriate descriptors of this mic's character. When using this mic on guitar amps in a live sound application, I have found it to work so much better than the SM57 when I am using a proper system. The bitey flavor of the 57 sometimes helps cut through the character of a cloudy old mixer when something more balanced just doesn't do it. Also, so much of live guitar sounds is so subjective to the system, the guitarist, their equipment, and tone (not to mention the rest of the band) that to report on any particular experience that I have had with this mic in a live setting in the short time I have owned it, just wouldn't be fair. My feeling is, that if all the variables aligned into a "perfect" live sound situation, then the i5 would be found to be "the perfect dynamic mic" for that situation. Another MAJOR plus is the i5's build quality. Nothing about this mic says, "flimsy" or "this piece of plastic will split some day". It's a little monster built for the road and drunk drummers lacking proper aim. Speaking of drummers... this really is one of the best mics to come along for snare drums. While Audix makes some of the best available dynamic tom mics as well, a handfull i5's can handle the job nicely. To me, this mic is the new "standard" and it's only earned it's stature with me because it corrected the deficiencies of the old standard to sound and perform the way that it does. You won't be disappointed.
Music background: Recording/Mixing Engineer, Producer, Live Sound Engineer

Hello Snare!

We all know how to get a great snare recording...stick a 57 on it and add a little 100Hz. Not anymore! The i5 is like a 57 with some booty! I just tried it on a snare in my last session and my suspicions were confirmed -it sounded incredible. My 57 has been demoted to the bottom of the snare (where it really shines). Do yourself a favor and buy one of these little will not regret it!
Music background: Engineer, Mixer

Audix i5

Audix makes the best gear, durable, great sound, and great price!

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David Stewart

Great attack when used on snare - it really captures the "pop" of pop music snare sounds. It's also very durable - a plus when using on drums particularly.

Jeffrey Green

When tracking electric guitar in the past I always found myself sticking to the industry standard cardioid dynamic mic for that type of work. However, I recently came across the i5 and found that it does everything that other cardioid dynamic does really well, but the i5 does it much better with the right frequency response from the start! I've found my new guitar amp mic and I have a great suspicion that it will be my new snare drum mic, too.

Ikes Taylor

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.
See also: Dynamic Mics, Audix, Audix Dynamic Microphones, Audix Dynamic Microphones