The OC818, a new large-diaphragm microphone from Austrian Audio, the company formed by almost two-dozen former AKG personnel in 2017, made its debut at AES NY 2019.
Handmade in Vienna, Austria, the OC818 is a multi-pattern, dual-output condenser microphone equipped with what the company says is a world-first: optional wireless control.
The OC818 also features a second output that allows 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, the company’s free and Open Source PolarDesigner plugin (Mac/Win: VST, AU and AAX) allows control and tailoring of polar patterns between one and five bands with selectable crossover points.
At the heart of the OC818 is Austrian Audio’s patent-pending, handmade CKR12 ceramic capsule, made to the same dimensions as the legacy CK12 capsules, but reportedly with more stability, allowing the mic to be paired with any other OC818 or OC18 (its smaller sibling), according to the manufacturer.