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Win! Austrian Audio OC818 Dual Set Plus microphones

Win this fabulous OC818 Dual Set Plus from Austrian Audio, worth £1799$2199.

Austrian Audio are a relatively young company, but the people behind it have some serious form when it comes to making microphones. The brand was founded by a group of AKG engineers who, in their spare time, had set themselves the challenge of creating a microphone capsule that had all the magic of the venerable brass-ring CK12 — as found in AKG’s classic C12, the original C414, and Telefunken’s ELA M 251 — but that could be manufactured consistently and cost-effectively (a perennial problem with the original design).

The fruit of their labours was the CKR12. Handmade in Vienna, it’s this large-diaphragm, Braunmühl-Weber capsule that lies at the heart of their flagship OC818 multi-pattern microphone.

When SOS Editor In Chief Sam Inglis reviewed the OC818 last year, he was hugely impressed by its performance, describing it as “beautifully clean, with a supremely balanced sound”. But it wasn’t just the sound that set it apart: the OC818 has the unusual feature of a secondary mini-XLR output, tapped from its rear-facing diaphragm. By recording both diaphragm outputs separately, you can change the resulting polar pattern after the fact in your DAW, using AA’s PolarDesigner plug-in.

When SOS Editor In Chief Sam Inglis reviewed the OC818 last year, he was hugely impressed by its performance, describing it as “beautifully clean, with a supremely balanced sound”.

The Prize

For this month’s competition, Austrian Audio are giving one lucky reader their newly announced Dual Set Plus, a stereo kit that comprises two of their premium OC818 mics plus a host of accessories, all shipped in a rugged aluminium case. A pair of windshields is provided, as are two standard mic clips plus two of AA’s own shockmounts, designed specifically for their OC series mics. You also receive a pair of mini-XLR adaptor cables, so you can easily take full advantage of that secondary output, as well as an adjustable stereo mounting bar.

To be in with a  chance of winning this fantastic prizes, all you have to do is answer the questions on the right, dream up a tie‑breaker, and submit your entry by Friday 05 February 2021. Good luck!

Prizes kindly donated by Austrian Audio.

Competition Rules

  • Only one entry per person is permitted.
  • In entering this competition, you confirm that you are aged 18 years or older.
  • By submitting your entry, you agree to supply Sound On Sound and the Prize Donor with a photograph of you and the prize(s) plus some words about winning the prize. This may be used on each company's website, email newsletter announcements and/or social media channels. Your name will be abbreviated to first name last initial and your town/city/country, eg. Giovanni D of Florence, Italy.
  • Please DO NOT ENTER if you do not agree to these terms.
  • Employees of SOS Publications Group, Austrian Audio, and their immediate families are ineligible for entry.
  • No cash alternative is available in lieu of the stated prize.
  • The competition organisers reserve the right to change the specification of the prize offered.
  • The judges' decision is final and legally binding, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • No other correspondence is to be included with competition entries.
  • Please ensure that you give your DAYTIME telephone number on your entry form.
  • Prize winners must be prepared to make themselves available in the event that the competition organisers wish to make a personal presentation.
  • The winning entrants name and county/state will be made available upon request.

Tie-breaker *

Set in Austrian Audio’s home town, the 1949 film The Third Man features one of the most recognisable scores in cinema history. What film score do you wish you’d recorded, and why?

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