Austrian Audio OC18 Microphone
The Austrian Audio OC18 Microphone is a fixed cardioid large diaphragm condenser that is hand built in Austria, designed to carry on the revered legacy of the classic Viennese original, making it a stellar mic for virtually any sound source.
The Austrian Audio OC18 Microphone is engineered and manufactured in Austria. Its high sensitivity and low self-noise means it can handle everything from a whisper, to extreme SPLs without distortion, making it the perfect choice for studio, live and broadcast applications. The unique ceramic capsule design is so consistent, the OC18 can be match-paired with any other OC18 or paired with any OC818 set in cardioid mode.
Austrian Audio OC18 Microphone Features
- The same handcrafted design as the OC818
- The same handmade CKR12 ceramic capsule
- Every Austrian Audio OC18 and OC818 is within 1dB of each other
Austrian Audio OC18 Microphone Specifications
- Polar pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
- Sensitivity (all directions): 13mV/Pa
- Equivalent noise level: 9 dB SPL (A)
- Impedance: 275 Ω (symmetrical)
- Load impedance: > 1 kΩ
- Supply voltage: 48 V (< 2.2mA)
- Main Connector: XLR 3 pin
- Max SPL: 148 dB SPL (158 dB SPL)
- Switchable pad: -10 dB, -20 dB
- Analog Low Cut filter: 40 Hz (2nd order), 80 Hz (2nd order), 160 Hz (1st order down to 80Hz, 2nd order below)
Austrian Audio OC18 Microphone Includes
- OC18 Microphone
- OCS8 Shock Mount
- OCH8 Clip
- OCW8 Foam Windshield
- Protective Carry Case
- Two Year Warranty
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I've been recording music for about 25 years. I've been producing and mixing in my home recording studio for almost 10 years. I've used many of the best mics in top studios as well. That being said...
I saw the videos and reviews of this mic and was very impressed. I went ahead and bought one because my vocals mics weren't doing it. I've bought and sold and many mics for years, looking for a good vocal mic that works with my timbres. When this mic arrived, I immediately opened it up, put it on the mic stand, and started recording a lead vocal part. Might as well dive right in and see how it goes! It went through my Focusrite Isa One, then into a Golden Age Comp 3A. A little reverb and that's it. No EQ except for the High Pass. I listened on playack and was immediately impressed as to how truly balanced the vocal track sounded. Very full, no sibilance issues, and forward in the mix in such a way that it sounded, well, correct. I don't know how else to explain it.
Back vocals were also done with this, and same results. They just sat in the mix, no tweaking needed whatsoever.
A couple days later, I recorded Hammond B3 organ tracks. They came back sounding essentially perfect, with no need for EQ. I was slightly floored, as I was ready to at least do some level of tweaking. Not even a High Pass filter.
I'll be doing more recordings with this mic, obviously, but so far, for the first time, I've gotten a mic that has lived up to the reviews and samples I've heard on videos. It's as good as others are saying it is. I don't expect to ever sell this mic. It's here to stay, and I'm actually going to get the OC818 soon. Congrat, Austrian Audio, this is a very special mic. I see it as becoming a new industry standard, knocking out a lot of other competitors when it get down to miking choices in a studio. Top class mic. Thank you!!