Austrian Audio and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd have announced shipping of the Austrian Audio OC818 and OC18 microphones, including a limited edition OC818 Studio Set Launch Edition, priced identically to the standard OC818 Studio Set at £879 inc VAT, featuring an included pop filter and limited to 818 units. Here's their press release with the full details...
The new OC18 and OC818 large diaphragm condenser microphones, made in Vienna, both featuring the same incredible handmade capsule at their heart. The OC18 is an essential precision microphone featuring a classic cardioid pick-up pattern, whilst the OC818 features multiple patterns, dual outputs for recording its forward-facing and rear-facing capsules independently, and optional Bluetooth wireless control.
The single-diaphragm OC18 and dual-diaphragm OC818 both feature a beautiful new handmade ceramic CKR12 capsule, resulting in no compromise in sound between the two models. In fact, any OC18 and OC818 can be used as a matched pair due to the extreme precision of our manufacturing and measuring processes.
OC18 vs OC818
Since the OC18 and OC818 are sonically identical your choice is based only 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 features the same filter and Pad, plus a variety of pick-up patterns selectable from the body, and some incredible extra features up its sleeve.
OC818 Dual Outputs and PolarDesigner plug-in
The OC818 features dual audio outputs 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) will allow for unprecedented control and tailoring of polar patterns between 1 and 5 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 unique feature 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.
Both microphones are available as two Sets to fit different needs; a Studio Set with a custom Spidermount included, and a Live Set containing a pair of mics.
Pricing and Availability:
The OC818 Studio Set Launch Edition has already arrived in stock in the UK, all other models are due to arrive in mid-August.
OC818 Studio Set, £879 RRP inc VAT
OC818 Live Set, £1679 RRP inc VAT
OC18 Studio Set, £599 RRP inc VAT
OC18 Live Set, £1149 RRP inc VAT
OCR8 Bluetooth Remote, £129 RRP inc VAT