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Austrian Audio CC8 Cardioid True Condenser Microphone

The CC8 cardioid, true condenser, small-diaphragm microphone is hand-built in Vienna and created with professionals in mind.

At the heart of the Austrian Audio CC8 microphone beats the brand new OCC7 condenser capsule. Inspired by the legendary CK1, the OCC7 delivers all the benefits of that classic design updated to meet the demands of today. The capsule’s 3 micron-thick, gold-coated, polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) diaphragm is much more robust than conventional Mylar alternatives. The fabric filter ensures constant broadband cancellation, resulting in outstanding cardioid characteristics. The OCC7 capsule and transformerless output give the CC8 a remarkably linear frequency response, handling extremely high sound pressure levels (SPL) of up to 156 dB, without distorting.

The CC8 sounds natural and open without becoming harsh or spiky, even at extreme volumes. The mids and highs are silky smooth, never exaggerated. This makes the CC8 the ideal microphone for the detailed recording of various acoustic instruments, such as stringed instruments, woodwinds and brass, and orchestral percussion, in addition, instruments like acoustic guitar, piano, snares, hi-hat, and entire drum sets. Before leaving the factory, each microphone is measured to a tolerance of max. +/- 0.5 dB sensitivity at 1 kHz. This means that any CC8 can be match-paired with any other, regardless of production dates.

Heritage & Legacy

Our core team comprises former AKG (Vienna) personnel

  • Patents held in multiple disciplines
  • The team developed some of the world’s best-selling condenser and dynamic microphones and globally renown headphones, that became industry standards.
  • Extensive practical knowledge and ODM (Original Design Manufacturing) work in pro audio, consumer and automotive acoustics.

Over 350 years of experience

Leaders in many engineering disciplines, including:

  • acoustics;
  • audio-electronic;
  • automotive;
  • DSP;
  • firmware;
  • mechanical;
  • noise cancelling;
  • software;
  • test and
    measurement;
  • telecom;
  • and transducer.

CC8 Cardioid True Condenser Microphone

Design evolves over time: new technology and materials; new ideas; new thinkers; new users. Austrian Audio have created a microphone ready for modern recording applications yet with the timeless sonic character appreciated by all. The CC8 cardioid, true condenser, small-diaphragm microphone is hand-built in Vienna and created with professionals in mind.

The OCC7 capsule and transformerless output give the CC8 a remarkably linear frequency response, handling extremely high sound pressure levels (SPL) of up to 156 dB, without distorting. Combined with a very low self-noise of only 16 dB(A), this results in an exceptional dynamic range. The CC8 sounds natural and open without becoming harsh or spiky, even at extreme volumes. The mids and highs are silky smooth, never exaggerated

The CC8’s small dimensions allow targeted positioning even in tight and difficult places, both in the studio and on stage. Before leaving the factory, each microphone is measured and tuned (in our special in-house anechoic chamber) to a minimum tolerance of max. +/- 0.5 dB sensitivity at 1 kHz. This means that any CC8 can be match-paired with any other, regardless of production dates.

OCC7 Small Condenser Capsule

At the heart of the Austrian Audio CC8 microphone beats the newly-developed OCC7 condenser capsule. Inspired by the legendary CK1, the OCC7 delivers all the benefits of that classic design updated to meet the demands of today. Shaped by the past; built for the future. The capsule’s 3 micron-thick, gold-coated, polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) diaphragm is much more robust than conventional Mylar alternatives. The fabric filter ensures constant broadband cancellation, attenuating sound coming from the sides and rear, resulting in outstanding cardioid characteristics.

The OCC7 capsule and transformerless output give the CC8 a remarkably linear frequency response, handling extremely high sound pressure levels (SPL) of up to 156 dB, without distorting. Combined with a very low self-noise of only 16 dB(A), this results in an exceptional dynamic range.

The CC8 sounds natural and open without becoming harsh or spiky, even at extreme volumes. The mids and highs are silky smooth, never exaggerated.

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