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OC707, Hi-X60 & CC8 from Austrian Audio.

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27 July 2022

Austrian Audio’s first series of microphones and headphones immediately put the Vienna-based manufacturer on the radar for many pro audio professionals around the world. Turning their attention to the live audio market, Austrian Audio continue to innovate, offering a new live vocal condenser mic, the OC707, as well as a compelling pencil condenser, the CC8. Never one to rest on their laurels, the manufacturer has also added a new flagship headphone design, the Hi-X60, a professional reference system for recording and FOH.

OC707 — True Condenser Vocal Microphone
Designed to capture the dynamics and subtleties of the human voice, the OC707 blocks unwanted noise from the outset, while providing the performer a great depth of volume. The OC707 lets the vocal cut through the mix, clear, detailed and natural. Developed and built in Vienna, the heart of the OC707 is Austrian Audio’s cutting edge OCC7 small-diaphragm capsule with True Condenser technology. Austrian Audio’s proprietary Open Acoustics design ensures that the signal source is reproduced as resonance-free as possible. This design also serves to reduce the microphone’s sensitivity to handling noise and shocks. 

The switchable 2nd order high-pass filter further enhances these features and can be used for sound-shaping — an effective tool against excessive proximity effects. Austrian Audio has created a vocal handheld microphone that has all the important characteristics of a studio microphone yet can withstand the rigours of everyday stage use.

Key features:

  • Handmade OCC7 Condenser Capsule
  • Cardioid Directivity
  • Switchable Low Cut Filter
  • Rugged Die-cast Body

Hi-X60 — Professional Closed-Back Over-Ear Headphones
Featuring the clear sonic signature of the Hi-X6 series, the Hi-X60 is a professional reference headphone system for recording, mixing and mastering. 

Ideally-suited for use in loud environments such as the studio or front-of-house, the Hi-X60’s closed-back isolation prevents sound from escaping out into the recording environment and interfering with the microphone capture. At FOH the high passive noise suppression ensures an optimum signal-to-noise ratio creating an accurate sonic environment. For instrument or vocal tracking, both features work together to provide the artist with a coherent, healthy signal without leakage.

The Hi-X60 offers remarkable comfort even for long sessions, leaving the user fatigue-free and able to focus on workflow. All touch points are made from soft, durable memory-foam. The ear pads feature a new design with plenty of internal space and the ear pads can be replaced with ease. In addition the headband has a smart cut-out to relieve pressure on the head. All moving and load-bearing parts are metal for stability, reliability, and robustness. This ensures the foldable design is good for years of everyday use.

Key features:

  • High Excursion Driver Technology
  • Metal Hinges and Bow
  • 2x Detachable Cables (1x 3m + 1x 1.2m)
  • 3.5mm to 6.3mm Adaptor
  • Foldable Construction
  • Soft Slow Retention Memory Foam Earpads

CC8 — Cardioid True Condenser Microphone
The CC8 is a high-precision cardioid pencil condenser microphone hand-built in Vienna. Perfect for instrument recording, the CC8 is based around Austrian Audio’s state-of-the-art OCC7 condenser capsule. 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 transformer-less output give the CC8 a remarkably linear frequency response, handling extremely high sound pressure levels (SPL) of up to 156 dB without distortion.

The CC8 is ideal for the detailed recording of various acoustic instruments, such as strings, woodwinds, brass, orchestral percussion as well as instruments like acoustic guitar, piano, snares, hi-hats, and entire drum sets. Before leaving the factory, each microphone is measured and tuned to an extremely tight tolerance (max +/-0.5 dB sensitivity at 1 kHz), meaning that any CC8 can be match-paired with any other, regardless of production date.

Key features:

  • Handmade OCC7 Condenser Capsule
  • Cardioid Directivity
  • Switchable High Pass Filter (60Hz, 120Hz)
  • Integrated analogue pads (-10dB, -20dB)
  • Rugged Die-cast Body

CONTACT

Austrian Audio: austrian.audio
Australian Distributor: grouptechnologies.com.au
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