Made in Vienna. Again! Austrian Audio – eight new products
Posted on: Friday 29th of March 2019
Rising like a lab-coated phoenix from the ashes of the closure of AKG in Austria, Austrian Audio is a new company that promises to deliver high quality microphones and headphones, “Made in Vienna. Again!” Already previewed for the Frankfurt event, the new CKR12 handmade ceramic capsule and the OC18 and OC818 microphones, introduce completely new designs with improved features, based on tried-and-tested concepts.
Austrian Audio will display its first eight products at Prolight+Sound and Musikmesse 2019 (April 2-5). As the company reveals, these will expand across 5 categories: handcrafted microphone systems, digital control systems, professional software & processing, headphones and customizable high-speed industrial test and measurement equipment for manufacturers’ assembly lines and QC. All those will be on display with live demonstration on Hall 8.0, Stand C45.
“I couldn’t be prouder of what this heritage team has accomplished in under two years of development and now into full production. This is what happens when you reassemble a team that has decades of experience working together. Austrian Audio will bring back ‘Made in Vienna’ and will provide the tools to ‘Make your passion heard’,” states Martin Seidl, the company CEO. “Austrian Audio will debut its line of handmade large diaphragm condenser microphones. These will feature patent-applied-for technologies and will introduce Open Acoustics Technologies,” he reveals, “It has been a huge effort but ‘Made in Vienna’ is back and so is this heritage team.”
Taking centre stage for the debut will be a pair of large diaphragm condenser microphones that are handmade in Vienna, Austria; the OC818 multi-pattern &andfully-featured big brother to the OC18 cardioid only microphone. Also, the CKR12 (Capsule Keramik Ring) is constructed one-at-a-time by “two of the most experienced hands in the business,” as the company reveals. Both mics feature the same capsules and basically offer different features for different recording situations, without any differences in sound.
The OC818 microphone is the first multi-patterned microphone to feature a wireless pattern and switching control via an optional transmitter/receiver (OCR8) that can be fitted to the rear of the microphone. This unique tool, as Austrian Audio describes, “allows for a previously unheard of 255 discrete polar patterns between figure-of-eight, through all of the cardioid versions and into omnidirectional. The free control software, PolarPilot, will be available for iOS and Android. This all occurs in the analog domain and there is no processing or conversion of the mic’s signal to digital.”
Also debuting at Prolight+Sound will be Aurora, Austrian Audio’s customizable and high-speed industrial test & measurement system, which the company says offers “unparalleled flexibility and detail in reporting, analysis and yield adjustment.” Live demonstrations, with the senior engineer who coded the software, will be available all day at the company’s booth.
Also brand new, to complement the microphones and additional technologies from Austrian Audio will be a preview of two new custom headphones: Hi-X50 and Hi-X55.