Austrian Audio has introduced the new OC18 and OC818 large diaphragm condenser microphones, made in Vienna, both featuring the same handmade ceramic CKR12 capsule. The OC18 is a precision microphone featuring a classic cardioid pick-up pattern, whilst the OC818 has multiple patterns, dual outputs for recording its forward-facing and rear-facing capsules independently, and optional Bluetooth wireless control.
Austrian Audio was formed by ex AKG staff after Harman let go over 650 employees after being acquired by Samsung, back in 2017. You can find our interview with the Austrian Audio founders here.
OC18 vs OC818
The OC18 and OC818 are sonically identical, so which to choose is solely based on application. The OC18 features a classic cardioid pick-up pattern and includes a selectable high-pass filter plus a -10/-20db Pad. The OC818 has the same filter and Pad, plus a variety of pick-up patterns selectable from the body.
OC818 Dual Outputs and PolarDesigner plugin
The OC818 has dual audio outputs that allow the recordist, engineer, musician and 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 plugin (Mac/Win: VST, AU & AAX) will allow for unprecedented control and tailoring of polar patterns between one and five bands with selectable crossover points during the mix process.
OC818 Optional Bluetooth and PolarPilot App
The OC818 is also the first multi-patterned microphone to proudly feature the world’s first wireless pattern and switching control via an optional transmitter/receiver (OCR8) that can be fitted to the rear of the microphone. This allows for a previously unheard of 255 discrete polar patterns between figure-of-eight, through all of the cardioid versions and into omnidirectional. The free control software, PolarPilot, will be available for iOS and Android. This all occurs in the analogue domain and there is no processing or conversion of the mic’s signal to digital.
CEO Martin Seidl stated: “I couldn’t be prouder of what this heritage team has accomplished in under two years of development, and now into full production. This is what happens when you reassemble a team that has decades of experience working together. Austrian Audio will bring back ‘Made in Vienna’ and will provide the tools to ‘Make your passion heard.’”