Audix Microphones i5 by mattqualls
The Audix i5 microphone is a dynamic mic with many similarities to probably the most famous microphone is the audio world, the Shure SM57. This mic is often referred to as the SM57 "killer" and it became quite obvious once used in a session. While I enjoy my 3 SM57's this mic is almost always used for snare drum tracking. It seems to have a much more open and clear sound than the 57. It sounds great on most sources and it indeed has many applications. I've used it on snare drums, toms, guitar cabinets, vocals and even bass guitar. While it's not the greatest microphone in the land of dynamics it has its place for a modern workhorse. Am I completely dolled over in joy with this mic? No, but I can assure you that it finds a place in every recording session I have done. Whether it is the choice snare drum mic or the talkback mic for the musicians it has a place and a purpose. It may not hold its own with other mics such as the Beyerdynamic M88 but for the price I would never put it past someone to choose it over a much more expensive mic. The best quality of this mic is the construction, I could use it to hammer a nail into the wall and it would still hold up in the studio. In the end, it's a good workhorse dynamic when the pocketbook doesn't allow one to spend every dime for a decent sound.