Austrian Audio OC18
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 pours into their products everything they have learned in more than 300 years of combined experience. The company’s proprietary CKR12 capsule bears this wisdom, and a superior handmade capsule is the heart of any classic mic. In keeping with a fixed cardioid polar pattern, the OC18 uses the single-diaphragm version of the CKR12 capsule, which — in concert with the microphone’s custom electronic circuitry — delivers excellent results when used for vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, drum overheads, strings, brass, percussion, and room capture. What’s more, the OC18’s robust, native 148dB maximum SPL capability — further increased by the inclusion of selectable -10dB and -20dB pads — also makes it ideal for louder sources such as tom toms and electric guitar cabinets.