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Audix I5 Multi purpose Cardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone

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The Audix I5 Dynamic Instrument Microphone was designed by the true microphone experts at Audix to handle a wide variety of applications and survive the absolute torture of live sound gigs. The i5 is a multipurpose microphone capable of being a chameleon on stage. It excels at snare, guitar cab, and multipurpose percussion and vocals.l

Built around a bulletproof transformerless - XLR balanced design and housed in a precision cast zinc-alloy case with a steel mesh grill (stick hits no problem here), the Audix i5 is a super-smooth dynamic mic featuring 50-16kHz frequency response and a very useable cardioid pattern with incredible off-axis rejection (>23dB) for exceptionally high gain before feedback.

Audix I5 Dynamic Instrument Mic Features
  • Clear and accurate sound reproduction
  • Handles high SPL without distortion
  • Provides exceptional gain before feedback
  • Provides excellent isolation on stage
  • Precision cast zinc alloy body and grill
  • Extremely durable

Audix I5 Dynamic Instrument Mic Applications
  • Live stage, studio
  • Snare, toms, percussion
  • Guitar cabs, electric instruments
  • Brass, flute, woodwinds
  • Acoustic instruments
  • Vocals, speech

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Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  503-682-6933 Warranty:  5 years for dynamic microphones, 3 years for condensers and 1 year for all other products

Product Specifications

Audix I5 Dynamic Instrument Mic Specifications
  • Transducer Type: Dymamic
  • Frequency Response: 50 Hz - 16 kHz
  • Polar Pattern: Cardioid
  • Output Impedance: 150 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 1.9 mV (ref 1k @ 1 Pascal)
  • Capsule Technology: VLM Type B
  • Off Axis Rejection: >23 dB
  • Maximum SPL: 140 dB
  • Cable/Connector: 3 pin gold plated male XLR connector
  • Polarity: Positive voltage on pin 2 relative to pin 3 of output XLR connector
  • Housing: Cast zinc alloy
  • Weight: 6.5 oz/183 grams
  • Finish: Black E-coat
  • Supplied Accessories:
    • Mic Clip: adjustable through 180° with standard 5/8 inch 27 thread.
      Note: Metal thread adapter also supplied to accommodate European stands.
    • Zippered microphone carrying pouch.

Customer Reviews

Review: TJ Wilson Submitted: 8/29/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


Great Microphone
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I’ve have always used a shure 57 on my snare drums but I can say there is not much of a difference in sound quality in my opinion.

Review: Greg Currier Submitted: 11/27/2018

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.



I love it

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Way better than my sm57 for recording top snare head!

Review: Woodcrest Studio from West Chester, PA, USA Submitted: 4/14/2009

Product Rating4 out of 5 stars.


As a Snare Microphone

I haven't had the microphone very ling but it seems pretty rugged. Had a drummer whack it pretty hard and there is no dent and the whack sounded clear! Quite a heavy robust microphone.

Features... It's a microphone has a fairly tight pattern so bleed from adjacent sources is ok and useable. Only under high compression would bleed become a problem.

Again, it's a microphone. YMMV. It all comes down to placement. Its larger than a SM57 but not by much. It can be tucked into places fairly easy.

Ok the sound. Scooped. On snare, which is my chosen app for it, it has a "rock" poppy sound. This isn't a natural sounding mic. The i5 has a lot of low mid body and a snap in the top end. It lends itself to a rock sound or other applications where it's response is needed to achieve a particular sound. Mics with a tailored sound can be limiting and freeing. The i5 could bring presence and body into a sound that is lacking it but would hype it if it already had it which a different placement could accommodate it's sound if there were no other microphone alternatives. As a last resort, you can EQ the sound to get what you're after. I don't think there is a single microphone that is a set it wherever and it always sounds good. For what it's worth, the Audix i5 resides in my collection of over 24 microphones and will always be a top consideration for snare drum micing when I need it's response curve.

Review: Nick Barnes from Philadelphia, PA USA Submitted: 1/14/2009

Product Rating4 out of 5 stars.


Excellant alternative to the 57

I have a small project studio in my apartment and I recently lost possession of my SM57. I'd heard of this mic before so when it came time to replace the 57 I decided to check it out, and after hearing some tests comparing the two mics I decided it was worth a shot. I don't regret it at all, it sounds good on my Line 6 amp and great on my acoustic. Haven't used it extensively for vocals, but I actually like what I hear so far. I'd still like to get another 57, and the i5 isn't the be all and end all of dynamic mics, but I'm still very glad I have it.

The best feature here is the off-axis rejection, which is definitely better than the 57's. Other than that, it's just a simple mic that sounds good. I read other people rating it lower for lack of features, but I don't need or want a lot of features on this type of mic so I gave it 5 stars there.

It's a dynamic mic with no pads or polarity switches, there's nothing to it. Plug and play.

It's brighter than the 57, which I think is good because my 57 often sounded a little dull. If you want just a very close representation of your sound you're probably better off with a 57, but the i5 has more punch to it. Again, I'd like to have both on hand at any given time but for now just the i5 will do.

Review: John Duncan from Gulfport Ms, Submitted: 9/4/2008

Product Rating4 out of 5 stars.



very well made it last long time most likely

hey no brainer plug it in and go

simple as pie i will say its a very good mic i like it better than the sm57 this is my 3rd one

sounds great crisp and clear dont what it say it will do

Review: Rufus J from Tallahassee, Fl, Submitted: 2/5/2008

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


Great Acoustic Mic for Studio

Your general opinion of this product.

Audix i5 is made very well, gave it a 4 on features, there aren't any, plug it in a play.

The sound of this mic on various instruments in the studio.

can't get much easier.

In comparison to the SM 57 of the same price, it is a good stable mate for other mic'ing techniques.

This is where the Audix i5 gets interesting, I've used this mic on drums; snare and toms, used it on elec guitar cabs it shines and also for acoustic guitar and this is where I really like the sound of the i5, on acoustic guitar it really brings out the sound of the what if it isn't a condenser, this mic works well on this application.


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