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I ordered the Austrian Audio OC818 today from Sweetwater. The reviews here and at Sweetwater plus the innovative features the mic has sold it for me. Again, all of the suggestions above would fit my needs so much thanks for your input.

Looking forward to posting a S&T with this mic in the very near future!
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I ordered the Austrian Audio OC818 today from Sweetwater. The reviews here and at Sweetwater plus the innovative features the mic has sold it for me. Again, all of the suggestions above would fit my needs so much thanks for your input.

Looking forward to posting a S&T with this mic in the very near future!
From what I have heard and read about Austrian Audio, I think you may have a keeper congrats
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From what I have heard and read about Austrian Audio, I think you may have a keeper congrats
Thanks KevWind,

I’m looking forward to exploring many mic setups between my Neumanns and the 818.

Thanks also for your feedback, much appreciated.

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I'm really interested in your thoughts on the Austrian Audio mic. I've been looking at these since the company's introduction. Can't wait for your review. Thanks!
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I'm really interested in your thoughts on the Austrian Audio mic. I've been looking at these since the company's introduction. Can't wait for your review. Thanks!

Iíll be interested in what Bob says too. Iíve had a pair for almost a month now. Doing a lot of test recordings at home and Iím super happy. Iíve always been a big 414 fan. Iíve had a few different versions of 414 pairs over the years, and Iíve had access to an early early seventies brass caps, and a B-ULS pair.. But Iím selling my 414 XLS-B pair now. I think the Sound On Sound review I linked earlier in this thread kind of nailed it with; ďBeautifully clean mics with a supremely balanced sound. They're not sterile or clinical, but neither do they impose their own 'colour filter' on a recordingĒ And I haven't even tried any of the stuff you can do with the plugin and running the back cap to a separate track.. I just really like them a lot. Iím hoping to start tracking a new album with another guitarist (Jamie Stillway) next month and I'm bringing these to that studio date for sure.
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Iíll be interested in what Bob says too. Iíve had a pair for almost a month now. Doing a lot of test recordings at home and Iím super happy. Iíve always been a big 414 fan. Iíve had a few different versions of 414 pairs over the years, and Iíve had access to an early early seventies brass caps, and a B-ULS pair.. But Iím selling my 414 XLS-B pair now. I think the Sound On Sound review I linked earlier in this thread kind of nailed it with; ďBeautifully clean mics with a supremely balanced sound. They're not sterile or clinical, but neither do they impose their own 'colour filter' on a recordingĒ And I haven't even tried any of the stuff you can do with the plugin and running the back cap to a separate track.. I just really like them a lot. Iím hoping to start tracking a new album with another guitarist (Jamie Stillway) next month and I'm bringing these to that studio date for sure.
Well that says a lot Eric. My first album was tracked with a pair of 414 mics. I think that were XLS, not sure because they belonged to the studio and my interest in microphones at that time was lacking. I was pleased with the final product and occasionally listen to one of those tracks to compare the capture with what I currently hear on fingerstyle recordings. They captured the guitar quite nicely with a little added air on the highs that I like. So all in all, I like the 414 but am intrigued with the AA mics. What really caught my attention was the crafted in Vienna capsule that they went to such lengths to create. I'd much rather have a mic that offers a clean and realistic capture right at the capsule than one that has to correct a handicapped capture through circuitry.
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I’ll be interested in what Bob says too. I’ve had a pair for almost a month now. Doing a lot of test recordings at home and I’m super happy. I’ve always been a big 414 fan. I’ve had a few different versions of 414 pairs over the years, and I’ve had access to an early early seventies brass caps, and a B-ULS pair.. But I’m selling my 414 XLS-B pair now. I think the Sound On Sound review I linked earlier in this thread kind of nailed it with; “Beautifully clean mics with a supremely balanced sound. They're not sterile or clinical, but neither do they impose their own 'colour filter' on a recording” And I haven't even tried any of the stuff you can do with the plugin and running the back cap to a separate track.. I just really like them a lot. I’m hoping to start tracking a new album with another guitarist (Jamie Stillway) next month and I'm bringing these to that studio date for sure.
One of my projects right now is creating two solo fingerstyle videos for a virtual recital my teacher has scheduled via a Zoom online meeting. Pretty cool!

I've done two "rough drafts" using my Neumann 184's set up as a spaced pair running into a Zoom Q8 video recorder. The results have been pretty decent sound wise even with no post processing on my DAW.

So the 818 gets delivered today and I certainly want to take it on a test drive. If I use it as a single mic doing a mono recording into the Q8, what pattern do you think would work best (cardioid, supercardioid, omni, figure 8)?
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