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i5 | Dynamic Instrument, Microphone
All-purpose professional dynamic instrument mic
Designed with a cardioid pickup pattern for isolation and feedback control, the i5 is equipped with a VLM™ diaphragm for natural, accurate sound reproduction. The i5 is used for stage, studio and broadcast applications and is able to handle SPLs in excess of 140 dB without distortion.
The i5 can be used to mic a wide variety of musical instruments, guitars and bass cabinets as well as vocals and speech. The i5 is sturdy, compact and easy to position. With a wide frequency response of 50 Hz - 16 kHz, the i5 provides clear sound reproduction without having to rely on EQ.
Designed, assembled and tested by Audix in the USA.
- Live stage, studio
- Snare, toms, percussion
- Guitar cabinets, electric instruments
- Bass cabinets
- Brass, flute, woodwinds
- Acoustic instruments
- Vocals, speech
Please see the spec sheet under the specifications tab for more information about this product.
This is the Audix i5
Type Dynamic Polar Pattern Cardioid Frequency Response 50 Hz - 16 kHz Impedance 280 ohms Sensitivity 1.6 mV/Pa @1k
What's In The Box
- 1 x i5 Instrument Mic
- 1 x MC1 Mic Clip
- 1 x P1 Carrying Pouch
The i5 was picked as one of the "Five Great Mics Under $200"in About.Com Home Recording (Part of the New York Times Company)
He states: "If you've got right around $100 to purchase one mic for your studio, the Audix i5 should be it. A perfect mic for drums, guitar amps, horns, and most anything else, the Audix i5 can do it all."
Read More: http://homerecording.about.com/od/microphones101/ss/fivegreatmics_5.htm
Joe Shambro, About.com
"Sometimes for demo scratch vocals, singers like to sing with the monitors blasting. The i5 is now my first choice for this use--it beat both the Shure SM57 and Heil PR20 UT in rejecting the most sound coming in to the rear of the mic. As a way to control feedback, this is an important consideration when buying the i5 for live stage work." Read more: http://www.barryrudolph.com/newtoys/toys6/audixi5.html
Barry Rudolph, Music Connection
"I’m really digging using the i-5; I’ll be buying the review mics I was sent, if that tells you anything!"
"On the road I use it for The Dead and Phil Lesh and Friends,at home it mics every 12-18 yr. old musician in the county. From the top to the bottom, for me this is a new standard mic."
Ian Dubois, Front of House Engineer
“I’m in the studio with P.O.D and lovin’ the i-5 on guitar cabs. Great punch in the upper mids and perfect for heavy guitars that need that special drive.Also fantastic on snare – it can sure handle some serious SPL’s!”
Travis Wyrick, Producer, Engineer, Mixer - P.O.D., Charlie Daniels, Pillar“
" So how does it sound? In a word, impressive. ...and on snare drum, it rocked hard. Overall, there’s a clarity and openness to this mic that you don’t hear from a lot of dynamics ..."
Phil O’Keefe, EQ Magazine
"Audix really delivers with the i-5. Performing well in about every application on which I tried it, the i-5 does justice to many sources both onstage and in the studio.”
Karen Stackpole, Electronic Musician
“During our recent tour, I was very pleased with the results using the i-5 on guitar cabs. The sound was smooth and clear with great presence in the mix.The i-5 is rugged and solid. It qualifies as THE all-purpose dynamic workhorse in any mic collection.”
Gary Hartung, FOH - Crosby, Stills & Nash
“The i-5 is an awesome utility mic—it is much tougher and sounds better than the ‘old faithful’ I am now able to replace.”
Dave Rat, Rat Sound
“I’ve used the same mic on snare drum for recording and live sound applications for 30 years. I’ve tried other mics from time to time but always returned to the old favorite. Recently, I tried the Audix i-5. No matter what style of music, the i-5 sounds great and now has become my new choice for snare drum.”
Tom Edmonds, Engineer - Lenny Kravitz
“I have dreamed of this day — I can now retire the last of my SM57’s. Now that I’ve been exposed to the future, why would I want to live in the past?”
Eugene "Gino" Mulcahy, Lead Audio Engineer - Mohegan Sun
“This mic is slammin’! And if you’re tired of having the cap of your snare mic being blown into pieces from a heavy stick hit— you’ll love the i-5!”
Anthony Roberts, Monitors - Tower of Power
“The i-5 is very impressive as a bass mic. It handles the SPL’s and captures the clarity of the notes while still maintaining the warmth of the low end. It’s a great new tool.”
Deanne Franklin, FOH - Tom Waits
“With the i-5 on my snare drum, there’s just no going back. I’ve just started using it on guitar with very good results there too. The i-5; it’smy new little weapon.”
Neil Citron, Head Engineer - The Mothership Studio, Los Angeles
“The i-5 is truly a multi-purpose microphone. It sounds great ona wide variety of sources, but it particularly shines on snaredrums and toms...Sounds like a winner in my book.”
Mark Parsons, Modern Drummer
“The i-5 is more than an impressive upgrade to my usual snare and guitar cab mic — it's a big leap forward.”
Ed Tree, Studio Engineer -The Spencer Davis Group
“Who needs a condenser when you can get this sound out of a dynamic. Audix has again come up with a winning microphone.”
John Gatski, Pro Audio Review
“The best thing to happen to snare drum since Charlie Watts!”
Paul Hagar, FOH - American Hi-Fi
“We wanted to commend you on your new i5 microphone. It proved be the crew’s favorite for the Young Scientist MusicChallenge, constantly adapting to anything we could throw at it. We used it in a variety of situations - recording vocals, overheadmiking of drums, to reinforcing the Theremin amplifier. We found that it provided us with a very clean sound in every situation despite the difficulty of recording in a very noisy environment. Overall, the i-5 is an excellent all purpose microphone that we’ll be using in future projects.”
William White, Project Coordinator - The Discovery Channel
"The i-5’s arrived, and I tried them out at practice last night. They’re freakin’ awesome! Seriously, I think we’ll be using these instead of SM57’s and 58’s for general purpose, workhorse mics. I like the rugged construction and the slightly smaller size, and they sound fantastic. They handled the complex bass sounds of my Didgeridoo and the crisp metallic highs of my Meinl Spark Shakers with ease."
Ron Rice, Lead IA/Usability Engineer, Musician’s Friend