Austrian Audio OC818 Studio Set Limited Edition Large-Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

BH #AUOC818SSLE • MFR #OC818 LIMITED
Austrian Audio OC818 Studio Set Limited Edition Large-Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone
Key Features
  • Large-Diaphragm Condenser and Pop Filter
  • 5-Position Polar Pattern Switch
  • Handmade Dual-Diaphragm Capsule
  • Per-Diaphragm Output Connectors
Designed by a team of former AKG personnel, the Austrian Audio OC818 Studio Set Limited Edition is a large-diaphragm studio condenser microphone offering detailed audio capture and immense sonic customization for producers and engineers in personal and commercial recording facilities. The handmade 1" ceramic capsule features two gold-plated polymer membranes to enable multiple polar patterns. Utilize the 5-position switch to set the OC818 to figure-8, hypercardioid, cardioid, omnidirectional, or wide cardioid. Each diaphragm is routed to a separate output connector for simple dual-channel recording, which allows you to design custom polar pattern responses across five frequency bands via the open-source PolarDesigner plug-in.
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Austrian Audio OC818 Studio Set Limited Edition Large-Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

Austrian Audio OC818 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Microphone Features
  • 3PolarPilot App Features
  • 4PolarDesigner Plug-In Features

Designed by a team of former AKG personnel, the Austrian Audio OC818 Studio Set Limited Edition is a large-diaphragm studio condenser microphone offering detailed audio capture and immense sonic customization for producers and engineers in personal and commercial recording facilities. The handmade 1" ceramic capsule features two gold-plated polymer membranes to enable multiple polar patterns. Utilize the 5-position switch to set the OC818 to figure-8, hypercardioid, cardioid, omnidirectional, or wide cardioid. Each diaphragm is routed to a separate output connector for simple dual-channel recording, which allows you to design custom polar pattern responses across five frequency bands via the open-source PolarDesigner plug-in.

Alternatively, the secondary output can be connected to the optional OCR8 Bluetooth module if you wish to enjoy convenient wireless control and selection of 255 polar patterns via the free iOS/Android PolarPilot app. Being 48 VDC phantom powered, the OC818 does not require batteries or an external power supply.

Front-panel switches are provided for easy access to the pad and roll-off settings. Set the pad to -10 or -20 dB to avoid distortion when miking loud sources such as drums or guitar cabinets. Activate the high-pass filter at 40, 80, or 160 Hz for attenuation of low-frequency problems including rumble and proximity effect. The OC818's housing is constructed of zinc-aluminum alloy for strength and durability. The OC818 Studio Set includes a vibration-reducing shockmount, a traditional mic clip, a mini 5-pin XLR to 3-pin XLR cable, a windscreen for mitigating noise from breaths and blasts of air, and a protective carry case. The Limited Edition package adds a launch brochure, a signed letter of authenticity, and a pop filter that mitigates plosives.

Microphone Features

  • Produced in limited numbers (only 818 initial pieces)
  • Adds a pop filter, Limited Edition launch brochure, and a signed letter of authenticity to the OC818 Studio Set
  • Matched within 1 dB of every other OC18 or OC818 to allow the creation of stereo pairs (additional microphones available separately)
  • 5-position polar pattern switch for figure-8, hypercardioid, cardioid (dual-cardioid mode when using the secondary output), omnidirectional, and "preset mode," which defaults to wide cardioid, but can be set to anything via the free iOS/Android PolarPilot app and optional OCR8 Bluetooth dongle (required for PolarPilot control)
  • Microprocessor control of polarization voltages
  • 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency range
  • Dual outputs for recording each diaphragm separately
  • Balanced 3-pin XLR main output
  • Mini 5-pin XLR secondary output
  • Includes mini 5-pin XLR to 3-pin XLR adapter cable for secondary output
  • Includes shockmount, mic clip, windscreen, and protective carry case
  • Debuts Austrian Audio's Open Acoustics Technology
  • Made in Vienna

PolarPilot App Features

  • Wireless control of polar pattern, pad, and high-pass filter settings in real time via Bluetooth (optional OCR8 required)
  • Save, recall, and share favorite settings
  • Discover and create 255 discrete polar patterns
  • One setting can be stored in OC818 for use without PolarPilot app
  • No digital technology in the audio or bias paths
  • 60-second clipping monitor/logger

PolarDesigner Plug-In Features

  • Craft different polar pattern responses across 1-5 crossover bands
  • Store, recall, and share presets
  • Powerful Terminator AI for eliminating or rescuing selected frequencies and instruments
  • Equalization control for imprinting the tonality of free-field or diffuse-field idealized responses
  • Per-band solo/mute
  • Supports comprehensive automation
  • Linear phase
  • Optimized for use with the OC818 in dual-output mode, but works with any dual-output source

Austrian Audio OC818 Specs

Microphone
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
Pressure Operated
CapsuleCondenser
Diaphragm1" / 25.40 mm
Polar PatternCardioid, Figure-8, Hypercardioid, Omnidirectional, Wide-Angle Cardioid
Pattern SelectionSwitched
CircuitrySolid-State
Pad-10 dB
-20 dB
Low-Cut Filter12 dB/Octave @ 40 Hz
12 dB/Octave @ 80 Hz
6 dB/Octave @ 160 Hz
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Impedance275 Ohms
Sensitivity13 mV/Pa
Connectivity
Output Connectors1 x 3-Pin XLR
1 x TB5M
Power
Operating Voltage48 V ± 4 V
Operating Current Consumption4 mA
Physical
Operating Temperature32.00 to 131.00°F / 0 to 55°C
Storage Temperature-13 to 140.00°F / -25 to 60°C
Length6.18" / 157 mm
Diameter2.48" / 63 mm
Weight12.70 oz / 360 g
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