Audix i5 Instrument Microphone

Mic up nearly any stage or studio instrument -- from snare to guitar cabinet -- with the Audix i5 dynamic microphone. It can handle up to 140 dB SPL.

Great on drums, percussion instruments, guitar cabinets, and more, the Audix i5 is your go-to microphone for capturing audio in its truest form for a range of applications. Although the dynamic mic can work its magic on just about any instrument, the i5 really shines on snare, toms, percussion, and anything with seriously high SPL. The next time you hit the stage or head back to the studio, treat your instruments to the Audix i5.

Check the Specs

This solidly built dynamic microphone features a cardioid pickup pattern with superior off-axis rejection (>23 dB) for high gain before feedback, along with a frequency response of 50 Hz to 16 kHz, SPL handling up to 140 dB, and a transformerless XLR-balanced design.

Audix's versatile i5 has a VLM (very low mass) Type B capsule, housed in a precision cast zinc-alloy case with a steel mesh grille that protects sensitive internal circuitry from random stick hits and such during heated performances. A unique probe cap design, which is not nearly as scary as it sounds, offers extra protection from accidental bumps or blatantly intentional pokes alike.

Your New Favorite Multi-Purpose Mic

Ideal for just about any instrument miking situation, this sleek dynamic microphone passes the test for versatility and dependability when recording electric guitar cabinets, percussion, toms, and especially snares. So the next time you've got an amazing drummer on the kit, set up the i5 for awesome audio capture that's guaranteed to do your read more drummer justice. Then try the i5 on for size when recording explosive electric guitar riffs, blaring horns, and vocals, and you'll be impressed by its ability to handle whatever comes its way.


- Dynamic (moving coil) instrument microphone
- Cardioid pickup pattern
- Excellent off-axis rejection for high gain before feedback
- Frequency range: 50 Hz to 16 kHz
- Maximum SPL: >140 dB
- VLM Type B capsule
- Transformerless design
- Durable cast zinc alloy body

With this microphone, Audix might just have the modern replacement for that old snare drum mic. Set up the i5 when you want incredibly detailed drums, snare, guitar cabs, and more.

Audix gives your a brief overview of the i5 instrument mic:

Audix gives your a brief demo on using the i5 to mic an acoustic guitar:
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Transducer Principle: Dynamic, Moving Coil

Capsule Technology: VLM (very low mass), Type B

Pickup Pattern: Cardioid

Sensitivity: 1.9 mV / Pascal @ 1k

Frequency Range: 50 Hz - 16 kHz

Impedance: 150 ohms balanced

Maximum SPL: > 140 dB

Off-Axis Rejection: > 23 dB

Housing/Finish: Zinc Alloy , Black E-coat

Weight: 6.5 oz

Length: 5.5 inches
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 9 x 4 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): I5
with Drum Clamp and XLR Cable (18.5 Foot)
Shipping Weight: 2 lbs

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: (503) 682-6933 / (800) 966-826

Audix I5 Instrument Microphone

The i-5 from Audix is a dynamic microphone that can be used for any instrument miking application for stage and studio. With its sleek styling and unique probe cap design, the i-5 features a durable cast zinc alloy body and black E-coat finish. Every model is attractively laser etched with its model and serial number.

The Audix i5 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 Audix i5 is the ideal choice for snare, toms, percussion instruments, and can even handle the blistering SPL levels of electric guitar cabinets. 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 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.

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (18 ratings)
Submitted March 10, 2014 by M A
"My go-to mic for any situation."
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I've used the i5 for years now and I swear by this mic. I've used 57s and many other dynamic mics, but I keep coming back to the i5. I just ordered another and figured I'd give my review on these wonderful mics.
Very similar to an SM57 but I find the i5 to be smoother in the upper frequencies. With my systems I tend to get more gain before feedback and better noise rejection with the i5s. I currently use i5s on batter side of snare drums, guitar cabinets, horns, and vocals and they just work well and sound great. It has become my favorite mic for mic'ing guitar cabs.
Wind screen and grill are tough and can handle being smacked by drummers or dropped by singers.
Ease of Use
No switch, plug it in and go. I find it to be very flat and usually requires very little EQ'ing if any!
I currently have 5 of these in my mic collection and they've been used expensively on stage and in my studio. They held up well, sound great, and have never failed me.
Same prices as a 57, sounds better (IMO), and is more durable (again IMO).
Manufacturer Support
Haven't had to contact them.
The Wow Factor
Eh, its black? Zero to little EQ'ing is very impressive, allows you to get an amazing sound very quickly even if your mixer/preamp is lacking in channel settings.
Musical Background:
10+ years live sound engineer, drummer
Musical Style:
rock, pop, funk, r&b, hip-hop, reggae
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