In this day and age, when virtual microphones are all the rage, it’s nice to see boutique companies carving new gems offering a perfect blend of tradition and innovation. Take Austrian Audio’s latest large diaphragm microphone, the OC818. Handmade in Vienna, the OC818 not only is is a great sounding multi-pattern dual-output condenser microphone, but it’s also equipped with a world-first: optional wireless control.
The OC818 also features a second output that allows the recordist, engineer, musician and forward- thinking artist to record the rear-facing capsule independently of the forward-facing capsule. If both capsules are recorded to a stereo or dual-mono track, our free and Open Source PolarDesigner plug-in (Mac/Win: VST, AU & AAX) allows unprecedented control and tailoring of polar patterns between 1 and 5 bands with selectable crossover points.
At the heart of the OC818 is the patent-pending, handmade CKR12 ceramic capsule, made to the same critical dimensions as the best legacy CK12 capsules but with far more stability which means every OC818 is inherently paired with any other OC818, or even the OC18, its smaller and more affordable sibling.
Key features include:
Multiple polar patterns
Microprocessor control of polarisation voltages
2 different analogue high-pass filters with 3 settings
2 different types of analogue pads
Dual outputs for recording each diaphragm separately
Features Austrian Audio’s Open Acoustics Technology (OAT™)
If you happen to be in New York these days, the OC818 is making its first appearance at the AES NY show courtesy of Cranborne Audio on booth #234. If you would like more information on Austrian Audio’s new products, Walter Ruehrig (Manager Artist Endorsement and Market Development) will be attending the show all week and will be delighted to show you more.
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