Audix i5

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The microphone shall be of the dynamic type operating on the moving coil principle and the polar pattern of the microphone shall be cardioid. The capsule shall be VLM Type B. The nominal output impedance shall be equal to 150 ohms at 1 kHz. The microphone shall have a sensitivity of 1.5 mV / Pa at 1 kHz and a sound pressure level 140 dB. The microphone body and grill shall be of die cast zinc alloy. The overall dimensions shall be 23 mm in diameter at the base, 37.5 mm at the top, and 141.5 mm in length. The microphone shall be the Audix i5.


The i5 is a low impedance microphone and should be plugged into a mic level input on your console, mixer, or recording device. Please note that your microphone does not require phantom power and will not be effected in any way by phantom power should it be running simultaneously when the microphone is in operation. Avoid plugging or unplugging the microphone from the PA system unless the channel is muted or the volume of the system turned down. Failure to do so may result in a loud popping noise which could seriously damage the speakers in the PA system.


The i5 has a tight (cardioid) pick-up pattern in order to help eliminate sound from other instruments on stage from 'bleeding' into the microphone. For this reason, it the i5 is exceptionally effective for drums and percussion in be able to capture the sound of each component of the kit.

Snare: Start with the i5 about 2 inches above the head and aimed towards the center of the drum. For more rim effect, the i5 can be aimed less towards the center and more towards the rim. It is not uncommon for engineers to place the mic practically right on the drum head to achieve a very tight, cracking sensation.

Toms, congas: Similar to snare. For tighter sound and more attack place, the mic closer to the head. For more decay and overtones pull the mic further away from the head.

Guitar cabs: The i5 can be placed within 1-2 inches of the grill cover at a 90 degree angle pointing directly into the speaker. If the mic is placed closer to the edge of the speaker, you will minimize the higher frequencies and get a warmer, fatter tone. To capture more highs, move the mic closer towards the center of the speaker, but avoid the middle of the speaker.

Horns: Place the mic within 1-3 inches of the bell, especially when on a stage with drums, bass, guitar, etc. For jazz, classical, and music where the stage volume is lower, the mic can be placed further away for a richer, fuller, sound.

Allow a distance of 2-3 feet between microphones to avoid phase cancellation issues.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Manufacturer Audix
UPC 687471121108
Package Contents
  • (1) Audix i5 Mic
  • (1) Zipper Pouch
  • (1) Mic Clip
  • (1) Manual
  • (1) 20' XLR (Male to Female) Cable
Features Audix i-5 Multi-purpose dynamic microphone with clear accurate sound i5 for snare

Designed, assembled and tested by Audix in the USA, the i5 is a dynamic instrument microphone used for stage, studio and broadcast applications. The i5 is able to handle sound pressure levels in excess of 140 dB without distortion and can be used to mic a wide variety of musical instruments, guitar and bass cabinets, vocals and speech.

The i5 is characterized with a cardioid pickup pattern for isolation and feedback control and is equipped with a VLM (Very Low Mass) diaphragm for natural, accurate sound reproduction.

The i5 is sturdy, compact and easy to position. With a wide frequency response of 50 Hz - 16 kHz, the i5 provides clear, accurate, natural sound reproduction without having to rely on EQ. Roadworthy construction includes a precision cast zinc alloy body, steel grill, black e-coat finish, laser etched model and serial number, Switchcraft XLR connector and includes a heavy duty nylon mic clip.

  • Live Stage, studio
  • Snare, toms, percussion
  • Guitar cabinets, electric instruments
  • Brass, flute, woodwinds
  • Acoustic instruments
  • Vocals, speech
Samson MB1 Mini Boom Stand

The ideal low profile boom stand for miking drums, speakers and anything close to the floor.

  • Perfect for micing kick drums and speaker cabinets
  • Heavy-duty adjustable boom mic stand
  • Die-cast and steel construction
  • Mic clip included
Warranty Warranty Information
Product: Period:
Audix I5 5 Year


Customer Reviews (4)

The new SM57Review by BFUNK
I wanted an SM57, but the shop was actually out of stock at the time. As a result, I gave this a whirl. This is every bit as good to my ear. Not noisy at all, good flat response. I've been using it as an amp cab mic. It's fantastic when paired up with my Mbox 3 Mini. Totally excellent and recommended. If you want something diffferent than an SM57, this is the mic to get. (Posted on 1/29/2016)
Great kick/snare and guitar cab micReview by bFunk
I have a pair of these mics and they're built like tanks. Take tons of abuse. It has two really great uses: Kick/snare drums and guitar cabs.

On the kick and snare it's got a big meaty sound that doesn't mind the high SPL levels. Never distorts and never gets wonky. With a guitar cab, it's got that same meaty quality but it's not muffled or anything. I think it rolls off the high end a little bit because nothing is ever too bright.

Now you might note these are both uses for the SM57, as well, and you're right. I like this over the 57 though for these two applications because of its darker sound. But because it's darker I don't like it for alot of other applications like vocals a hi-hat mic for my tastes. (Posted on 1/29/2016)
Way Better Than SM57Review by mike32
Actually I bought this in package. The I5 mic, 20' XLR cable and audix cab grabber which for me is a very good deal. (Posted on 1/29/2016)
Great mic for guitar cab!Review by Guilherme
Great for guitar cabs!
SM57 have too much mids, Audix has a better Eq, actually it reminds me of a condenser mic a little

It can also be a matter of personal taste, some people would want the classic sm57 sound, but overall I would really recommend the Audix i5, you may also look for the Audix Cab Clamp. (Posted on 1/29/2016)

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