At the ongoing AES convention in New York, Austrian Audio (booth 234 with Cranborne Audio) is showcasing the new OC818 large-diaphragm microphone that’s also equipped with optional wireless control.
The OC818, incorporating the company’s Open Acoustics Technology (OAT), is a multi-pattern, dual-output condenser design with a second output that allows recording with 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 & AAX) provides control and tailoring of polar patterns between one and five bands with selectable crossover points.
The patent-pending, handmade CKR12 ceramic capsule offers the same critical dimensions as the legacy CK12 capsule. Also onboard are two high-pass filters with two settings and two types of analog pads.
“The OC818 and OC18 microphones have been received incredibly well,” says Martin Seidl, CEO of Austrian Audio. “We designed them with ultimate quality, ease of use and improved workflows in mind, leaving more time for the users’ creativity, whether it is in the recording or broadcast studio, or live out on the road. Our reviews have been amazing, as have those of Cranborne Audio’s 500ADAT and 500R8. Both companies share the same vision: we fuse classic design and new technologies to create great products.”