Austrian Audio has announced that its critically acclaimed OC818 professional, large diaphragm microphone, will now also be available in black.
The new color meets the demands of broadcasting, podcasting, live performance, and streaming. The black OC818 is perfect for situations where the mic needs to blend in and leave the focus on the performance.
Engineered and manufactured in Austria, the OC818’s high sensitivity, low self-noise and ability to handle everything from a whisper to extreme SPLs make it the most advanced microphone for studio, broadcast and live applications. As the unique ceramic capsule design is so consistent, any OC818 is match-paired with any other OC818, and when in cardioid mode, it can also be match-paired with any OC18, its affordable smaller brother.
The OC818 has proven itself as a studio and stage allrounder and has been endorsed by many high-profile engineers like Obie O’Brien, Michael Abbott, Dave Natale, Jim Ebdon, Colin Norfield, Adrian Hall, and others.
Just like the silver version, the black OC818 offers many unique possibilities for creative stereo microphone applications. It comes with an entire suite of software, making the OC818 more of a recording system than just a mere microphone. The following plugins are available as free downloads from the Austrian Audio website:
- StereoCreator plugin allows stereo recording with just one OC818. You’ll also have three different stereo techniques with fantastic post-processing possibilities using two OC818s. One four-channel recording, three different stereo techniques (XY/MS/Blumlein). Adjust spatiality, change stereo width and the orientation – all in post!
- PolarDesigner lets you edit your recording in post-production, so you can actually reshape the sonic characteristics after the performance! Manipulate your recorded audio, changing and recombining polar patterns (omni, cardioid, hypercardioid, figure-eight, etc.) across up to five frequency bands.
- With the AmbiCreator plugin, you can take it one step further and get an ambisonic B-format signal out of two OC818 microphones, e.g. a “Live-Set”. As the OC818 microphones have a dual output, any first-order pattern can be calculated from those two outputs.
- PolarPilot App turns your smartphone (iOS or Android) into a full-featured remote control for the OC818 large-diaphragm condenser microphone. Simply insert the OCR8 dongle (sold separately) into the microphone, pair it with your phone over Bluetooth, and you can manipulate the OC818’s polar patterns and other functions all in real time.
Priced 1,099 EUR / £949 GBP / $1,249 USD, the OC818 black Studio Set comes in a stylish protective carrying case and contains the OC818 microphone, OCS Spider Mount Suspension, OCW8 Foam Windshield, OCH8 Mic Clip, and the OCC8 Mini XLR Cable + Cable clip.
More information: Austrian Audio