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Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 9 reviews )
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Value For Money : Excellent
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sw80's review"great with wood instruments"

Audix i5
The Audix Limited Edition Silver i5 is the same as the original Audix i5. I have used both models and they are exactly the same, the only difference is that this Audix Limited Edition i5 is silver and the other Audix i5 was black. The Audix Limited Edition i5 is a dynamic microphone that is made for recording instruments and not vocals. It is one of the most affordable instrument microphones that have been released in the last year and it is one of the only ones that are actually worth purchasing. I play the saxophone from time to time and I was looking for a instrument microphone that could be dedicated to just recording my saxophone. I found a bunch of different microphones and even when to the store and tested some. The only issue was most of them were out of my price range. The Audix Limited Edition i5 was a perfect fit for me because it was only 100 dollars. I was not sure how it was going to sound at first but for 100 dollars it was worth a shot.


The Audix Limited Edition i5 has a frequency response of 50Hz-16 kHz and an impedence of 150 oHms. You can use th Audix Limited Edition i5 for studio records and for live shows although I would stay away from using it for live shows because it tends to pick every single noise up around it.

The Audix Limited Edition i5 itself feels good and seems well built to be a 100 dollar microphone. I have only been using this microphone for 4 months now and if it holds up good I will purchase another one. It comes with a stand holder and a soft case to carry it in. This microphone is at its’ best when used with wind instruments. I don’t think it sounded as good with guitars.

AlanForPresident's review"great insrument mic"

Audix i5
The Audix i5 was used in a studio that is on the other side of town that I go to a few times each month. It is an instrument mic and I must say it sounds great. It sounded so go it made me come home and look it up online and I was surprised that I actually didn’t cost as much as I though it would. This instrument mic seems to be way better than a lot of the other ones that I have used and even better than some Shure Mics that are suppose to be the best on the market for instruments.
You get a very natural and clear tone when recording with it you wont have to boost anything gin the eq part because it pretty much already does that for you. Now most people would purchase this for a home set up they would get the shure mic but this is no where close to comparing too it. The Audix i5 is in a class of its own and can compete with mics that are almost twice its price.


I myself will probably never purchase this mic but I get to use it a lot at the studio I just don’t do any live recordings here at home and don’t have room to do any. So its best that it stays in the main studio. But if I do every need a mic that for instruments this would be the one that I would buy. It is one of the best that I have heard hands down and I expect more people to start purchasing it. I actually havent even really heard of Audix too much until I looked up this mic. So apparently they are still under the radar. You will have to purchase this mic if you need a instrument mic, there really isn’t an alternative.

Anonymous 's review"Fantastically meaty!"

Audix i5
The Audix i5 is a microphone that is becoming more and more popular among the internet's audio gear forum lurkers. The reason for this is that when Audix came out with the microphone, Audix was essentially going straight for the throat of the Shure SM57's market. And while many people prefer the Shure SM57 to the Audix i5, there are a great number of engineers and musicians who by far prefer the sound of the Audix i5 to Shure's famously ubiquitous microphone.

The Audix i5 is an instrument microphone, obviously. It boasts a frequency response with slightly more high end extension than the Shure SM57; the SM57 only goes up to 15,000 Hz, but the Audix's range goes from 50 Hz to 16,000 Hz. It can handle high SPL's, up to about 140 dB, and has a typical cardioid pattern generally found on instrument microphones.


In use, I have found the Audix i5, from a personal standpoint, to completely slaughter the SM57 when it comes to live sound, and occasionally for recording. With live sound, the Audix i5's are crisper and more confident sounding. It is not that the Shure mic is not confident sounding, after all, it does boast a meaty midrange. The Audix, however, has this zing to it that cannot properly be described. Consider that both microphones are beloved by people who look for different things.

For example, the Audix with its zing lends itself to more modern sounding things, while the SM57 has that classic sound that we have come to associate with it simply because that classic sound we learned came from the 57 in the first place. Both microphones are great, and these are just sweeping generalizations, but I preferred the Audix for what I was doing, and you should try them out before you jump on a bandwagon.

moosers's review

Audix i5
The Audix i5 is a dynamic microphone for use on the stage and in the studio. I've only used the i5 as a vocal microphone for a live show, which was not until recently. The mic is a cardioid microphone and has a frequency response of 50 Hz to 16 kHz. The mic has been around for a few years and seems to be one of the more popular Audix microphone...


I really liked the sound of the Audix i5 for the short time that I've had the chance to use it. I don't own the mic but my good friend who I play with often has one for recording and shows and brought it to a recent gig where we used it as a vocal mic. While I don't know that I preferred the sound of it to the Shure Beta 58 that we were also using, it still has a very accurate sound and is a nice mic in it's own right. The mic is probably more versatile than the 58 as it's also advertised as an instrument microphone, although the Shure 57 is virtually the same microphone and has all the versatility that the i5 has. The sound of the i5 came in pretty crystal clear for vocals and I would imagine that this clear image translate pretty well for other instruments like drums and guitars as well. In the studio I don't know if I'd use it for too many other applications, but I've yet to be able to follow this practice. It's about the same price as the Shure SM57 or SM58, so it really just depends on what you're looking for. If you need strictly a vocal mic, I'd recommend the 58, but for something a bit more all purpose, the Audix i5 should absolutely be on the list of mics to check out.

mooseherman's review

Audix i5
aThis dynamic mic is great for studio use. I believe it could be used in a live setting, but it's increased bass and mid response might not be as advantageous in a live setting. It's got a cardioid polar pattern and a maximum SPL of 140db. It's pretty durable and very useful for a variety of things. 


I definitely like the fact that this mic has a great bass response. Sometimes with dynamic mics, the bass response is weak, or it can't handle the really low frequencies. This mic doesn't have that problem. It's great for recording electric guitars, specifically coming out of cabinets that have a massive low end (metal/hardcore are the most obvious genres that tend to have guitar sounds like this). I tried using it on drums, and I feel like it was too bass-y; the high end of the snare was all but lost. I had better luck with using it on toms and a kick drum, though the effect was certainly different than my go to tom mics, the Sennheiser MD421s. I've heard that people have had success using it on vocals; the increased bass response leads me to believe that it would benefit a singer with a shrill voice that needs more oomph! I tried it on my trombone and it was one of my favorite horn sounds, great for funky brass works that require a tough low end. The mid response is also great on this mic. The main downside is that this mic doesn't have the shimmering high end that some dynamic mics possess, but the mic isn't designed for that anyway. It's versatile enough to be pretty useful in the studio. If you've got the (in my opinion) obligatory SM57s and MD421s, this is a good place to expand your dynamic mic collection. I think the price isn't too bad; it usually goes for around $100 or less. I would definitely recommend it, but there are better dynamic mics to start with. After you get those, this is a good addition.
Tom Powder10/30/2014

Tom Powder's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A good alternative to 57"

Audix i5
Dynamic microphone to capture mixed (percussion, amps, ...)


I use it for 5 years before I used 57. It is an alternative to the latter, I find it best on percussive, less good on the amp (with the same preamp). The value for money is excellent, I had commanded the US and even with the customs fees it was cheaper.

Viguier's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Audix i5
Cardioid dynamic microphone, found in battery packs of this American brand. It is intended in this case making the snare.

Used in recent years on the snare drum, and guitar ...
It is very beautiful and very tough, he does not fear ABSOLUTELY wand drummers beefy (and mine is!).

It comes with the crowbar ...


To be honest, I have tried 2 other microphones in front of my snare: Prologue an old Shure SM57 and hopeless ...

The Audix is ​​less "pinched" less "stamped" as the SM57. It is more transparent than the SM57, it was more up and down more or less than medium if you prefer <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_lol.gif" alt="" />

The drummers I had the studio all have been unanimous: it was the sound of the snare, faithfully. No worries about the output level or saturation, it is here to collect! And no problem to mix either the result ...
In the case of using "Battery" I must confess that packs "Battery" are very consistent with Audix microphones at them, there are more superb dynamic ...

I also tried it on guitar amps ... Then there is another story, or rather a matter of taste: the SM57 has a "rock", "big" and I like rough (we play rock style Springsteen / Phone), and having the People who come register (Pop Rock Hard American English at large ... well compressed).

So I left the SM57 on guitars and amps I5 <span style="text-decoration: underline;">on snare.</span>

Over the microphone placed <span style="text-decoration: underline;">under</span> the snare drum is also an sm57, I play a lot with the color of the stamp battery at the time of the mix, so I "stamp" upon taking <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_lol.gif" alt="" />

VERY good value for money because you buy a used battery pack ...
I remake this choice with your eyes closed <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_lol.gif" alt="" />


AlexPalmito's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Audix i5
Dynamic type 57


Fed the SM57, I was looking for a snare mic (above or below)
I left to attempt the incredible price of this micro us on ebay right now (genus 57 euros if I remember correctly, + port in the 25 euro)
Ben and I find that for less than 57 and ben it's worth much it !!
I feel that the sound and more natural, (or the shure seems fairly narrow and eventually draft) anyway with a good potato and a nice presence, but much more natural in the treble and upper medium
and for the first ca aa even more air than solid 57 (no apparent plastic, the grid is behind the body metal) is more heavy ...
In any case I've forgotten the 57 on the snare for the benefit of the i5 !! the value and unbeatable prices on ebay! I rebuke a second of it!

reybtom's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Audix i5
View the previous opinion.


I tested it extensively for a few days and I'm pretty impressed with this microphone.

Tested on a snare drum and Pearl Virgil Donati RME preamp, the sound is fuller than that of the SM57 sounds once more he picked up on the midrange, a little more "poc". Here the sound is clear with lots of body and shine that is well out the harmonics of the snare. Potato and level it has little to envy in SM57.

On Mesa Boogie guitar amp, it is beautiful in its clear, again thanks to the brilliance, this magnitude being taken by the sound. With distortion it offers an attractive alternative to the SM57. It has a modern side, may be less rock n 'roll but a broader and more fuzz than a SM57. Really interesting on guitars tuned very serious with large distortion for example.

I have not tested the vote, making the studio that I only records with the static so I invite you to read the very fair notice of Muzak so below.

In short, in the words of Muzak is a very interesting alternative to classic but effective Shure SM57. I really enjoyed it and I bought the kit from Audix just to see what their other pickups are in the belly.

It is available around 120 euros which is very correct for a microphone of this quality, which in addition is built very solidly.