Today, we’ll be doing a review of the Audix OM5 Hypercardioid Microphone, which can be positioned anywhere in the room for the best sound when doing your recording, including up close and personal if you’re performing live.
Whether you’re recording your sweetest singing voice on a track or using it as a supplemental microphone for the band, this microphone is a workhorse that won’t let you down.
You can use it for recording in a variety of situations from voice recordings, lectures, and singing to band performances, and mic’ing instruments.
- Hypercardioid microphone
- XLR Cable – 20 feet
- Tripod microphone stand
- One-year extended warranty
The company has been around since 1984 and their mission remains the same. They want to provide innovative products to their customers and want those products to last for a very long time.
The company is always striving to develop and produce equipment that exceeds expectations for the industry.
The hypercardioid has a pattern that allows more sound to penetrate the front of the microphone. When you’re thinking about situations where you need a microphone, it should be ones where the sound is coming directly from the front.
The Audix OM5 will bring in sound from the side slightly, but it’s all about picking up sound from the front. This shouldn’t be used for situations where you need omnidirectional sound recording like the entire band on stage.
This is a situation where the person performing or speaking would need to be directly in front of the mic. This is also true if the microphone is meant to pick up the sound of one instrument for a recording.
The XLR, or external line return, is a male connector with a female input with pins that direct signal flow. This is also known as a mic or line cable because it’s used more specifically to connect microphones to mixers. This is essential for connecting the microphone to a mixer as well as PA systems, though.
A tripod boom microphone stand is essential for positioning the microphone and expecting it to stay in the same place. You don’t want to have to hold the mic when doing your recording. There’s usually a clip or a threaded piece for attaching the mic. These stands can be moderately expensive, but this kit comes with a free stand.
If you think about the phrase “drop the mic,” it’s unlikely that you’re thinking about how much it’ll cost to replace these microphones if they’re not sturdy and well-constructed.
While this one is durable, you shouldn’t really drop the mic after a successful show. However, accidents do happen, and there’s a warranty in case the microphone breaks for some reason. This is an extended warranty past what is provided by the manufacturer.
This microphone isn’t a delicate flower that you have to be super careful about handling. It’s a durable zinc alloy that can handle a few drops without coming apart.
Unfortunately, it’s always a possibility that equipment will fall to the ground or it could occasionally fall on the stage. A fall to the ground isn’t the end of this microphone because of its hardy construction.
You’ll be able to rely on the solid construction as well as the extended warranty offered by the company on all their microphones.
This is a sweet microphone for recording instruments and songs from your band, but it’s also equally capable of picking up singing and talking, too. If you plan on recording an instrument while singing, this microphone will do a great job of capturing both.
The frequency range of the mic can even pick up a lower register of your voice, which is great for those who plan on using this mic for performances, lectures, audiobook recording, and instrument recording.
Frequently Asked Questions
How big is the microphone?
It’s 10 x 10 x 40 inches and weighs 7.8 pounds.
What’s the sound like compared to more expensive mics?
Many people have compared this mic to the Shure 58, which is much more expensive. They’ve found this one to be a great alternative for a lower cost.
Where is this microphone made?
It’s constructed in the USA.
Whether you’re strumming the guitar and singing your heart out on a stage or recording a lecture for your students, you can capture a range of frequencies with this Audix OM5 Hypercardioid Mic Bundle.
This mic can be used for recording as well as a PA microphone for performances.