OM5

Professional Dynamic Vocal Microphone

The OM5 vocal dynamic microphone is made with an extremely tight and uniformly controlled hypercardioid polar pattern which isolates the vocals from the rest of the instruments on stage or in a studio.

Used on stage, in studios and for broadcast applications, the OM5 hypercardioid microphone has a reputation for clarity, resistance to feedback, and the ability to handle SPLs in excess of 144 dB without distortion.

The OM5 dynamic vocal microphone is naturally attenuated at 120 Hz to reduce boominess and handling noise. The mid-range is tailored to provide an extra presence in the vocals allowing the vocalist to be easily heard through the main speakers as well as the monitors.

Designed, assembled, and tested by Audix in the USA.


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Transducer Type Dynamic
Frequency Response 48 Hz – 19 kHz
Polar Pattern Hypercardioid
Output Impedance 200 ohms
Sensitivity 2 mV / Pa @ 1k
Capsule Technology VLM Type C
Off-Axis Rejection >30 dB
Maximum SPL ≥144 dB
Power Requirements None
Connector 3-pin XLRm
Polarity Positive pressure on diaphragm produces positive voltage on pin 2 relative to pin 3 of output XLR connector
Materials / Finish Zinc Alloy / Black Finish
Weight 330 g / 11.6 oz
Length 176 mm / 6.9 in
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1x OM5 Vocal Microphone
1x MC1 Microphone Clip
1x P1 Carrying pouch

Media Reviews

Sound on Sound Magazine: The Audix OM Series Review 2016
“Tailored for close–up vocal use, the OM5 has a hypercardioid polar pattern to help maximize separation from other sound sources on stage, and also to maintain a high feedback threshold; its off–axis rejection is specified as 30dB. Besides vocals, other suggested uses include sax, brass, guitar, dobro, flute, percussion, and drums.”

User Quotes

“It changed my life-it’s changed everything for me. When I became a touring artist I realized I was going to have to learn how to preserve my voice if I wanted to have a long career. Finding the right microphone was half the battle. Once I found the Audix OM5, I didn’t have to compete with the other instruments on stage anymore and found the clarity I was searching for. Now I won’t play a show without it!”
– ZZ Ward, Love 3X Tour

“With 3 stages running simultaneously 7 nights a week, it’s common for us to have 15 or more separate acts in a single night. When the smoke clears, it’s the OM5 you see on the mic stands. The OM5’s indestructible casing is essential, given the unending wear and tear we put our gear through, and the wide dynamic range is perfect for the variety of vocalists we hand it to.”
– Bruce Duff, Production Manager, Knitting Factory Hollywood

“We were in rehearsals for the start of Bonnie’s tour when the OM5 was first introduced. We tried it and haven’t looked back since. The mic is a lot likeBonnie – classy, consistent, and rock-solid every time.”
– Paul Middleton, Front of House, Bonnie Raitt

“From side rejection to gain before feedback to overall transparency, the OM-5 is consistently a winner. If I mix the show, it’s my first choice. If I’m a system engineer, it’s my first recommendation.”
– George Rondinelli, Rondinelli Audio – Dubuque, IA

“The OM5 is the only mic that you can roll the High Pass to 120, turn it on and let it rip. Rock-solid and built like a hammer. Keep them coming!”
– Eugene ‘Gino’ Mulcahy, Lead Audio Engineer, Mohegan Sun Casino

“I have carried OM5’s with me since 1995 as a great ‘get out of jail free’ card for almost any vocal application. They’re handier than a Leatherman® and, oh yeah, they get LOUD!”
– Adrian Cunningham, Front of House, Altan

“The warm low end, crisp highs, and clarity of the OM5 complements any vocal blend. I’m pleased to see that they’re showing up on lots of spec riders.”
– Rance Caldwell, Monitor Engineer, Crosby, Stills, and Nash

“I was able to simply unplug the front line of vocal mics and replace them with OM5’s to get a smoother, warmer sound at a higher gain with no feedback.”
– Mark Frink, Live Sound Editor, Mix Magazine

“Alanis really helped pave the way for a new generation of female vocalists, and her OM5 has been there right from the beginning. If you love good sound, you’ll love Audix mics.”
– Scott Welch, Manager, Alanis Morissette

“Audix mics are simply the best whether you’re on a small stage or concert venue. I know that when I use my OM5, the mix is going to sound perfect.”
– Jay Forrest, lead vocals, Hopesfall

“Even with BOC’s thick instrumentation, OM5’s help keep the vocals in front of the mix. They’re reliable, consistent, and smoooooooth regardless of what PA system we’re using.”
– Steve “Woody” La Cerra, Front of House, Blue Öyster Cult

“In addition to being a terrific sounding vocal mic, the OM5 has been my magic bullet when gain-before-feedback is an issue. It gives me a usable signal when other mics are unusable.”
– Dan Mortensen, Dansound, Seattle, WA

“I have been using the OM5 for about 10 years and continue to receive lots of compliments on my vocal sound. They give me a true, uncolored sound to work with as opposed to other mics that have a built-in sound that sometimes works, but most of the time doesn’t.”
– Paul David Hager, FOH Engineer – Miley Cyrus / Beck / Devo and Record Mixing Engineer to the Stars!

“Our club has low ceilings and a loud band is even louder on our stage. The tight pick-up pattern of the OM5 allows me to put the vocals out front in the mix without drawing in searing guitars and cymbal wash.”
– John P. Overstreet, Head Sound Engineer, Middle East Nightclub, Boston, MA

“OM5’s are the main vocal mics of choice for us and we’ve used them for years with no problems!”
– Bad Assets, Jacksonville, FL