LIST PRICE: $179.00
While many engineers have gravitated toward Shure’s classic 57, there are a number of mics made by other manufacturers that are worth the home recordist’s attention. The Audix i-5 is a dynamic microphone with a cardioid polar pattern. A great all-around mic for the studio, or in a live setting, the i-5 is durable and features a wide frequency response. Any application where close miking is necessary is a good job for the i-5, and its ability to handle high SPLs (up to 140db!) makes it ideal for toms, snares and horns.
This review is part of “The Art of Home Recording” feature in the March/April 2010 issue. Click here to read the full article.